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ReNew the New 2020

Use of  New River is quite high these days. The air is hot, the river is cool, and you can buy or rent a boat just about anywhere. For the past sixteen years after enjoying a summer of floating, residents of the New River Valley have gathered together in a day of celebrating the river, the end of summer and the start of the new semester

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2020-21 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and EDA Economic Recovery Planning Process

The NRVRC is in the process of updating the New River Valley Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document for 2020.  The CEDS provides a review of economic data and conditions for NRVRC jurisdictions, identifies goals and strategies that help to addresses these regional issues, and prioritizes regional economic development projects that the region can undertake to achieve these goals.

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NRVRC hosts CEDS committee for 2020 CEDS update process

The NRVRC is in the process of updating the New River Valley Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document for 2020.  The CEDS provides a review of economic data and conditions for NRVRC jurisdictions, identifies goals and strategies that help to addresses these regional issues, and prioritizes regional economic development projects that the region can undertake to achieve these goals.  The CEDS documents from previous years are available on our website: http://nrvrc.org/what-we-do/economic-development/comprehensive-economic-development-strategy/. A key step in updating the CEDS each year is to reconvene the CEDS committee, a group of 25+ volunteers who represent organizations around the New River Valley. These experts serve as the ‘think tank’ for the CEDS, providing ideas, guidance, and a critical eye to help NRVRC staff ensure the CEDS captures the most important economic development issues in the New River Valley.  This year’s committee represent a variety of fields and expertise, including finance, international trade, small business development and entrepreneurship, educational institutions (both K-12 and higher ed), technology, workforce development, and local government, among others.  The committee has a broad understanding of the regional economy, and a deep knowledge of specific issues that contribute to the region’s economic health. The CEDS committee will meet several times this spring in order to provide input on the CEDS update process. A major focus for the group this year is to review CEDS content and data dashboards as the NRVRC prepares to migrate CEDS content from a paper report format to a more online and user-friendly source of regional economic development information. The CEDS committee met in February to discuss recent trends in economic development that will impact... read more

The Doodle Dust Dilemma

Doodle dust is the nickname for the dust and slag byproduct produced by the acid plant along Peaks Creek between 1904 and 1968.

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Annual NRVRC Award Nominations Open!

Help us recognize the people who make an impact in the New River Valley!  We need you to nominate worthy candidates for this year’s awards program.  The Commission is accepting nominations for our regional awards until March 13th. 

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