Huge crowd seated at the Onward NRV Spring luncheon

Spring Luncheon Recap

Onward NRV set another attendance record with 105 registrants at the Onward Spring Luncheon last week! Held at The Farmhouse in Christiansburg, the event was sponsored by Hurt & Proffitt, an Onward NRV investor.

The quarterly luncheons are a great way to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Virginia’s New River Valley and at Onward. They’ve also become a great networking opportunity for our investors and guests.

The program featured the a welcome from Board Chairman Ed Lawhorn and quarterly update from Executive Director Charlie Jewell.

Instead of one keynote speaker, the agenda featured three panelists that discussed recent projects in the New River Valley. Speakers included:

  • Lydeana Martin, Community and Economic Development Director for Floyd County
  • Brian Hamilton, Director of Economic Development for Montgomery County
  • Michael Solomon, Economic Development Director for Pulaski County
  • Marty Holliday also provided an update on the work readiness program for the New River Valley.

    Missed the luncheon? View the Onward Organization Update slides here.

    hurt and proffitt onward nrv

    Thank you to all who attended the Winter Luncheon. A special thank you to the event sponsor Hurt & Proffitt.

    We’ll see you at our next luncheon on June 14!


    Virginia’s New River Valley: For those searching for an inspiring place to live and do business, Virginia’s New River Valley provides both an eclectic small town atmosphere and an innovative, collaborative business community with a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. Offering the best of all worlds – magnificent mountains, cutting-edge research, arts, entertainment, and education – it’s 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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