Onward New River Valley’s talent initiatives, a part of the organization’s five-year economic development strategy, were recently featured in an article in the February 2021 issue of Valley Business Front. The article, titled “Staffing, Hiring, and Recruiting… Oh My!”, discussed the continued need for developing, recruiting, and retaining talent in Virginia’s New River Valley.
- the NRV Experience Internship Program
- the Job Board on TheNRV.org
- digital marketing campaigns targeting potential talent
- the “Brain Drain” study conducted with the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and the Roanoke Regional Partnership sponsored by GO Virginia, and
- the Manufacturing and Tech Industry Competitiveness Surveys conducted in September 2020.
Executive Director Charlie Jewell also shared some of the benefits of living and working in the NRV in the article, such as how “[t]he area… mixes small town amenities like lower crime rates with more urban features, largely associated with the universities (Radford University and Virginia Tech), such as culture and the arts. Outdoor recreational opportunities are also a draw. One other advantage are shorter commutes [than those in the D.C. area].”
Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”
Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.