The New River Valley, as a region, tends to have low unemployment. But, occasionally, one jurisdiction or another will have an unemployment spike, but still many jobs in the region go unfilled (and some for long periods of time). Certainly, there is a “skills gap” issue to be addressed (lots of job seekers, but not with the right skill set or needed credentials), but there are many available training programs and funding to help alleviate this issue. So, what’s the problem?
Housing is a topic that affects every resident in the New River Valley. When a Commission partner reached out to ask if there was a comprehensive housing resource list for the NRV, we realized one did not exist. Many agencies have information for the clientele they serve, but almost all struggle to consistently connect clients to accurate and up-to-date resources.
Giles County Towns Grant Project Progress Report: Downtown Revitalization and Outdoor Recreation Business Development
NRVRC staff, and town staff and residents from Glen Lyn, Pearisburg, and Rich Creek in Giles County are in the middle of a project to encourage downtown redevelopment of commercial properties, and attract or start new businesses to serve visitors and local shoppers. The project focuses on highlighting opportunities and resources for outdoor recreation, including the New River, hiking trails, sports and camping.
The NRV Business Center is proud to host production facilities of Emisshield Incorporated, a producer of ceramic nanoparticle materials that improve the efficiency of heat radiation and absorption in a variety of industrial applications. The technology was originally developed by NASA as a heat shield for the X-33 Space Plane Program and licensed to Emisshield in 2001
The Ride Smart Challenge (formerly known as the Clean Commute Challenge) wrapped up at the end of May and recorded a big impact in alternative transportation!
Through the Ride Smart Challenge 4,369 trips were logged taking a total of 73,283 miles off the road! By reducing the number of cars on the road, we were able to avoid 58,626 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
SAVE THE DATE! On August 26th, 2017, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties, and the City of Radford, will host the Fall 2017 ReNew the New Regional River Clean-up Event. All five localities are cleaning-up different sections of the New River watershed, whether it be on the New River or on one of its tributaries.