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Regional Leaders Celebrate Award Winners

On May 15, 2018 the New River Valley Regional Commission board of directors, comprised of elected officials and citizen appointees across the region, hosted a dinner event at Sinkland Farms in Riner, VA to honor their annual award recipients. Over 100 local government elected officials, state and federal representatives, and planning commission chairs were in attendance.

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Smart Beginnings NRV Book Donation

Smart Beginnings NRV was thrilled to donate 200 books to the Children’s Health Improvement Partnership of the New River Valley (CHIP), in addition to providing books to the Giles Early Education Project, Reading Hour, and Pulaski County Schools’ VPI Classrooms. This donation was made possible by the wonderful people at Sands Anderson—a law firm with locations throughout Virginia, including right here in the New River Valley—who provided the books and entrusted Smart Beginnings to distribute them to the community.

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New River Valley Aging in Place Leadership Team

The New River Valley Aging in Place Leadership Team is a regional, multi-disciplinary group that formed out of the work of the Livability Initiative in 2011.  With the staggering rise in the number of citizens ages 65 and older and the statistic that 90% of older adults want and expect to ‘age in place,’ the Leadership Team acknowledged that the need for older adults to successfully age in their homes and communities was a critical focus.

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Giles County Comprehensive Plan Update

The Giles County Planning Commission is wrapping up its Comprehensive Plan Update. The Planning Commission members are going to review the complete Draft Plan on April 24th, 2018 which will also include setting the public hearing date. Planning Commissioners, Giles County and Regional Commission staff are very thankful to all those who participated in the surveys, meetings, and reviews without whom this endeavor would not have been accomplished. For further information, please contact Aphi Fancon (afancon@nrvrc.org), 540-639-9313, ext. 217. Share... read more

RIDE Solutions

The Ride Smart Challenge is here! The event challenges people to try cycling, walking, taking the bus, carpooling, even teleworking to reduce the trips they take by driving alone in a car during the month of May. Those who take the challenge and log miles during May get chances to win weekly prizes, including items from Recover Brands, Keene, Zagster, and more.  We also support Ride Smart teams (any group – at work, in your neighborhood, your favorite coffee crowd) who compete against other teams for additional prizes – and this year, every Ride Smart Team that registered by April 15th will receive a Ride Smart Starter Kit with over $100 worth of cool gadgets and incentives. Registration is available here: https://ridesolutions.org/challenge Other events are being scheduled for the month and will be posted to the RIDE Solutions calendar – https://ridesolutions.org/events/month/, including the Bike Shorts Film Festival at The Lyric on May 17. For further information, please contact Christy Straight (cstraight@nrvrc.org), 540-639-9313, ext. 209. Share... read more

NRV Tourism

Regional Commission staff met with local Destination Marketing Organizations in January to discuss tourism updates. This group meets bi-monthly to discuss tourism related news and potential regional projects. The group recently submitted a Marketing Leverage Program grant to the Virginia Tourism Corporation for the design and printing of a regional trail guide. For further information, please contact James Jones (jjones@nrvrc.org), 540-639-9313, ext. 203. Share... read more

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