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The NRVRC Blog

Regional Housing Study Data Training

Through its partnership with the Virginia Center for Housing Research, Commission staff have now participated in two housing data trainings.  Using data sources such as American Community Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data, Commission staff learned how to tabulate this data, test for its reliability, and cross-reference multiple data sources to provide a more three-dimensional view of the story the data is telling.

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RIDE Solutions Update

RIDE Solutions staff once again had the opportunity to support several community events this fall. During Blacksburg’s Sustainability Week, RIDE Solutions worked with local partners to host the bike valet at the end of the Sustainability Week Bike Parade, making it possible for participants to enjoy the farmers’ market after safely docking their bikes.

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NRVRC coordinates $85,000 GO Virginia grant to expand small business resources in the New River Valley

New River Valley Regional Commission staff have been working with the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to pursue a grant from the GO Virginia regional economic development program. The GO Virginia Region 2 council awards grants to economic development projects that advance high-wage job creation in their area (Region 2 includes the New River Valley, Roanoke, and Lynchburg regions).

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December Transportation Update

Virginia is taking steps to address pedestrian safety statewide!  In 2016, pedestrian fatalities rose to nearly 16% of all highway fatalities.   The majority of incidents occur mid-block on busy roadways that have two or three lanes.  Perhaps not as surprising, nearly 90% of crashes occur where a crosswalk isn’t marked.

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November 2018 Smart Beginnings NRV Update

The Smart Beginnings NRV program recently completed an Early Childhood Regional Assessment funded by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF).  The Regional Assessment explores the outcomes of the current early childhood system, the risk factors influencing these outcomes, the early childhood services currently available, as well as service gaps and challenges by locality. 

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