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The NRVRC Blog

Building a Pipeline of Skilled Workers in Manufacturing, Healthcare, and IT

The Pathways to the American Dream project is off to a fantastic start. An H1-B project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and awarded to the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Area Consortium Board, “Pathways” covers four of the 15 Workforce Development areas in Virginia. Pathways is a systems-building project with the explicit intent of building a pipeline of skilled workers in manufacturing, healthcare, and IT so reginal businesses can remain competitive and grow.

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New River Valley HOME Consortium Establishes a Non-Profit

For a little over a year, the New River Valley HOME Consortium has had a non-profit arm, NRV Home, in which to better serve the needs of the region. Currently the HOME Consortium Board is comprised of two representatives from each of the five member localities and a non-voting member from both Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), Community Housing Partners and Habitat for Humanity NRV.

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Second Regional Clean-up Makes Massive Impact

The second, regional ReNew the New Clean-up Event tripled the number of miles cleaned up and nearly tripled the tonnage of trash and tires removed from the New River Watershed, compared to last year’s event. Held on Saturday, August 26th, 2017, in Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties, and the City of Radford, this year 475 volunteers and local government staff cleaned up over 30 miles of waterway and streambank on the New River and its tributaries.

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Town of Narrows receives RALLY grant to implement downtown improvements

Citizens in the Town of Narrows have spent the summer developing several downtown improvement projects as part of the RALLY Southwest Virginia program. The Town of Narrows is the first community in the New River Valley to participate in the latest round of this mini-grant program, which provides a $3,000 award to communities in Southwest Virginia to implement a community development project through a team structure. More information about Opportunity SWVA and the Rally program is available at: http://www.opportunityswva.org/grants/rally-swva/.

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Smart Beginnings New River Valley to Launch Reading Hour in the Fall of 2017

The Program will be accepting volunteer applications through September 2017. Reading Hour supports early childhood literacy across the New River Valley by providing children with exposure to books and reading on a regular basis. Interested volunteers should contact Anna Harbom at aharbom@nrvrc.org or go to www.smartbeginningsnrv.org.

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Exploring Innovative Ways to Bridge the Interest Gap

The New River Valley, as a region, tends to have low unemployment. But, occasionally, one jurisdiction or another will have an unemployment spike, but still many jobs in the region go unfilled (and some for long periods of time). Certainly, there is a “skills gap” issue to be addressed (lots of job seekers, but not with the right skill set or needed credentials), but there are many available training programs and funding to help alleviate this issue. So, what’s the problem?

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