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?
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
New River/ Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board – No Cost (or low cost) Resources for Businesses
The public workforce system is a valuable resource to support human capital development of workers across the region. But there are business resources that go beyond just filling job openings. The intended outcome of the services offered is to positively influence the bottom line by saving businesses time and money.
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.
Town of Pulaski implements economic development projects to support recent downtown revitalization planning grant
NRVRC staff have been working with staff and citizens of the Town of Pulaski to implement economic development strategies related to the historic downtown district of Pulaski.