As part of the Onward 2023 Strategic Plan, Onward NRV released the second phase of their technology industry initiatives.
There are an estimated 800 new jobs in Information Technology (IT) coming to the New River Valley over the next 18 months, which would grow this sector by 50 percent. In order to continue to support our emerging tech industry, we created an in demand career video to showcase the abundant opportunity here in the NRV.
A second video featuring the unique culture of the technology industry was also created.
These videos will be used as part of our strategic digital marketing initiatives to recruit mid-level talent to the region. We will be targeting alumni from Virginia Tech and Radford University to come back and be a part of the thriving technology industry here in the New River Valley. After conducting a focus group with HR Directors from several tech companies in the area, we will focus our message on issues that the current audience is facing such as long commutes, cost of living, and more time to do what they love with their friends or family. Onward NRV will be targeting this audience through paid posts on Facebook directing potential employees to the technology Work Here page where they will be connected with potential employers, more information about the tech culture here, as well as a cost of living comparison that shows them how much more buying power tech professionals in the NRV have.
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.