Work Talk, a podcast discussing workforce trends in Virginia’s New River/Mount Rogers Region, recently interviewed Onward NRV’s Executive Director Charlie Jewell. Charlie spoke with host Marty Holliday, Executive Director of the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board, and Josh Lewis, Executive Director of Virginia’s Industrial Advancement Alliance, about regional economic development organizations in the episode “Regional Trends in Economic Development”.
During the podcast, Charlie described Onward New River Valley’s work and referenced the three focus areas of the organization’s five-year strategy. Onward NRV promotes industry, talent, and placemaking in the region. In addition, Charlie and Josh described the role that regional economic development organizations play in advancing economic development in Virginia. They also shared about the progress of economic recovery in their respective regions from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Listen to the full podcast here or on your favorite podcast app.
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.