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Broadband Initiative in Montgomery County

The results of the broadband surveys for Montgomery County and the Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg are in. At a series of presentations, local councils and boards learned the key findings about users’ behaviors, experience and needs for internet access.

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New River Watershed Roundtable

Since 2016, the New River Valley Regional Commission has convened the New River Watershed Roundtable as a forum for the different localities in the NRV to coordinate clean-up events and promote watershed stewardship

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Building Collaborative Communities

NRVRC staff and local Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO’s) have been working on a project that explores different models of regional tourism collaboration. The purpose of the project is to evaluate tourism models in order to increase collaboration and enhance the New River Valley as a visitor destination. Extensive research is currently being done on other regional tourism entities across the state of Virginia and evaluation of their pros, cons, and costs. The outcome of this project is to have a report that details the findings of the research performed on the different models of collaboration, potential joint marketing opportunities, potential regional collaborative projects, and recommendations moving forward for regional tourism. These findings will be presented to local governments as needed. It will be created and available on the Commission’s website for guidance purposes. A demonstration project will be conducted during this process as a test subject for tourism collaboration. The Virginia’s Outdoor Lovers Expo will be examined as the test project for collaboration. Planning and coordinating for this event has been ongoing since June 2016 and the project team includes NRVRC staff and local DMO’s. The project is part of a Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) “Building Collaborative Communities” grant that aims to increase regional collaboration. The project is scheduled for completion at June 2017. For further information, please contact James Jones (jjones@nrvrc.org), 540-639-9313, ext. 203. Share... Read More

Revolving loan fund recipient profile: Bootleg BBQ

The New River Valley Development Corporation is proud to support Bootleg BBQ in Floyd, which has received loan fund support to purchase equipment for their production facility in Floyd, and their mobile unit that dishes out barbeque at festivals and events around the region. Bootleg BBQ sells an array of barbeque foods at their facility and at festivals around the region, and can cater your event. Products include pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, barbeque chicken, and a variety of sides. Bootleg BBQ also bottles several varieties of their secret recipe barbeque sauces.  More information at www.bootlegq.com. The NRVDC revolving loan fund has nearly $40,000 in additional funds available to invest in New River Valley small businesses. Loans of up to $15,000 are available on favorable terms to businesses that meet RLF application requirements (current loans range from 2% to 5% interest rate for a five year term). In addition, NRVRC staff can help applicants to access other lenders and a variety of small business development services, such as counseling and networking opportunities. For more information, please visit the New river Valley development Corporation’s website (http://www.nrvdc.org/dcfinance.html ), or contact Patrick O’Brien, pobrien@nrvrc.org or 540-639-9313 x 206. Share... Read More

Prices Fork School Community Revitalization Project

As one of the main components of the Old Prices Fork School Community Revitalization Project, the Prices Fork Food Center is an innovative approach centered around a commercial incubator kitchen for start-up or expanding food-based entrepreneurs. Supported, in part, by two anchor tenants, a farm to table restaurant and local craft brewpub, the incubator kitchen will provide food-based businesses with access to a certified kitchen with high-capacity equipment and supportive business services to assist entrepreneurs with business planning, financing, and marketing.

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Virginia’s Outdoor Lovers Expo

NRVRC staff and local Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO’s) are currently planning the upcoming Virginia’s Outdoor Lovers Expo. The 2017 Virginia’s Outdoor Lovers Expo is a free event and will be held at Bisset Park in Radford April 22nd from 10:00am-4:00pm.

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