Tech Leaders' Summit Fall 2020

Tech Leaders Summit 2022

Technology industry leaders from around the NRV joined guest speakers, Kimber Simmons with Virginia Career Works and Quina Weber-Shirk with the Virginia Tech Center for Economic and Community Engagement, to learn and discuss solutions to retain and recruit talent in the New River Valley.

During the summit, attendees:

  • Engaged with Virginia Career Works: In order to help Virginia businesses grow and stay competitive, VCW offers a vast array of resources. Connect with a Business Service Representative to help you address your workforce needs.
  • Learned about resources to help employers connect with interns: Participate in the Cooperative Education and Internship Program.

When thinking about your organizational hiring strategy as it relates to interns, focus on engaging students throughout the year. Develop a communication strategy for re-engaging with those students you have met while at a career fair, hosting an information session, or participating in Virginia Tech’s On-Campus Interviewing Program.


Twice a year, Onward NRV hosts Tech/IT Leaders’ Summits to create a forum to engage industry leaders and encourage collaboration around common challenges and opportunities. The summits are 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.

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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