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January 2018 Transportation Update

The New River Valley is losing the Megabus service on January 10, 2018!  Megabus currently connects Washington DC to Christiansburg to Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee.  This locally popular service provided two north-bound and two south-bound trips daily.  While ridership met expectations for our region, ridership simply wasn’t high enough in Washington or Tennessee.

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Pulaski Community Youth Center

In partnership with the Pulaski Community Youth Center, Pulaski County is currently pursuing a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Planning Grant through the Department of Housing and Community Development.  Established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2015, the Center plans to operate an after-school care program out of the former Riverlawn Elementary School in Fairlawn.  Anticipated programs and activities will include tutoring, health and well-being activities, a computer lab, a full-size gym, and a healthy dinner for each child.  With donated funds and volunteer labor, the Center has already begun renovating several of the former classrooms where it will host its programs.  Some programs are already underway, such as a Robotics Team that was founded in the fall of 2017 and sponsored by Volvo.

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Regional Effort for Localities in SWVA to Become Work Ready Communities

The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board supports the region’s economy through a collaborative approach to meeting needs of businesses and job seekers that is flexible and adaptable to the changing economic ecosystem.
One of the ways the NR/MR WDB is living its mission is by being one of several organizations that are leading a regional initiative to certify 21 jurisdictions in SWVA as “Work Ready Communities.”

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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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