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The NRVRC Blog

NRV Awarded $250,000 to Develop Early Educators and Cross-Sector Collaboration

On December 10, 2018, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) announced the recipients of six $250,000 Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grants.  These grants were awarded to communities throughout Virginia to field-test strategies and solutions to help more children access high quality preschool.  Another key component of Mixed Delivery project is cross-sector collaboration.

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Pulaski County Comprehensive Plan

Pulaski County is engaging on a yearlong process to update the Pulaski County Comprehensive Plan. The Pulaski County Planning Commission in partnership with the New River Valley Regional Commission are working together to redevelop the plan. Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan which acts as a guide in future decision making.

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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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