Onward NRV’s Spring Investor Reception Highlights Radford University’s Economic Impact

Onward NRV hosted investors at the Selu Conservancy at Radford University on Thursday, March 14th for the organization’s Spring Investor Reception. The focus of the event was the recent economic impact study conducted by Radford University. Nearly 50 investors and community leaders attended the event.

Executive Director Katie Boswell began by greeting and thanking elected officials, board members, and investors. She then turned the microphone over to Angela Stanfill of Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, the event’s sponsor. Stanfill spoke about the services that Goodwill Industries of the Valleys can provide to their clients through Goodwill’s outsourcing options for manufacturing and industrial businesses. After showcasing examples of Goodwill’s products, she introduced Radford University’s Vice President for Economic Development and Corporate Education, Dr. Angela Joyner. Joyner spoke briefly about Radford University’s economic goals and the benefits of the Selu Conservancy before introducing the university’s Director of Economic Development, Charlie Jewell.

Jewell then presented the findings of Radford University’s 2022 Economic Impact Study. Jewell highlighted the impact that visitors and students at the university make on the New River Valley. He also spoke about how employees and alumni influence the state of the Commonwealth. Jewell made the study available through a QR code and brochures during the event.

After Jewell’s presentation on the impact that Radford University has on the region, Katie Boswell then promoted the 2024 cohort of the NRV Experience internship program and encouraged investors to enroll in the Elevate NRV talent retention summit.

Onward NRV would like to thank Goodwill Industries of the Valleys for sponsoring the Spring Investor Reception, Radford University for their continued contributions to the economic vitality of the region, and the 110+ investors who support Onward’s NRV mission to bring world-class jobs, investment, and talent to Virginia’s New River Valley.


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.

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