Onward NRV in the News

Virginia Business Features Industry Competitiveness Surveys

Virginia Business magazine featured the results of Onward New River Valley’s Industry Competitiveness Surveys in a recent article about 2020 business announcements in the region. The article, titled “A Diversified Portfolio”, describes three major business announcements from 2020 in the NRV and their impact on the NRV.

The article also discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting industries in Virginia’s New River Valley. Executive Director Charlie Jewell was interviewed for the article and shared data from Onward NRV’s Industry Competitiveness Surveys of the region’s manufacturing and tech sectors. According to Charlie, “[t]he numbers are really encouraging. Overall, both industries persevered through the pandemic.”

Read the full article from Virginia Business here.

Learn more about Onward New River Valley’s work to support our four targeted industries 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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