Onward NRV’s Tech/IT Leaders’ Summit Spotlights AI

Onward NRV hosted technology industry leaders from around the New River Valley on April 16, 2024, at the Hyatt Place Blacksburg/University. Attendees had the opportunity to hear Dr. Cayce Myers, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Virginia Tech’s School of Communication speak on Navigating ChatGPT and AI.

During his presentation, Dr. Myers discussed how there is still a lot to learn about AI as it continues to develop. He spoke about risks to businesses that included regulatory compliance issues, ethical concerns, competitive advantages, strategic risks, financial models, and copyright fears. Dr. Myers highlighted that there are questions around liability and ownership of AI content and as AI continues to expand, these questions will need to be addressed.

Following his presentation, participants had the opportunity to ask questions regarding the use of AI within their companies.

Twice a year, Onward NRV hosts Tech/IT Leaders’ Summits as part of the organization’s five-year strategy to promote economic development in the NRV and support the continued growth of the tech sector in Virginia’s New River Valley.

Learn more about the growing information technology industry in Virginia’s New River Valley here.

Read more about previous Tech/IT Leaders’ Summits here.


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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