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New River Watershed Rountable Webpage is Now Live!

The NRVRC has completed a new webpage for the New River Watershed Roundtable! The webpage is a landing space for all projects associated with the Watershed Roundtable, including the ReNew the New Clean-up events, the New River Water Trail expansion, and local project promotion.

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November 2017 Transportation Update

The Commission is partnering with the New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to develop a Regional Freight Plan. In October, the MPO’s Technical Advisory Committee utilized visualizations prepared by the Commission to identify the critical regional freight corridors.

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Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

The five-year update to the regional hazard mitigation plan is nearly complete! The final plan has been submitted for regulatory review and approval – VDEM has signed off on the plan and it is now in review at FEMA. Much of the information has been updated – mapping, regional statistics, mitigation objectives and projects.

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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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