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).
The Pathways to the American Dream project, funded by a Federal America’s Promise grant, recently assisted 150 participants in becoming Registered Nurses (RNs) and entering the workforce with a median wage of $25.52/hour, filling much needed nursing positions in healthcare facilities ranging from major hospitals to local nursing homes.
The New River Valley Development Corporation board unanimously approved a $20,000 loan from the NRVDC revolving loan fund to Michelle Goodman for her Sweet & Savory Donuts and Bagels LLC. This new restaurant in Radford will offer smoothies, lunch items, and of course donuts and bagels
Workforce Development is a critical activity every month, but in September, the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board will have several events highlighting a variety of initiatives. New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board has a new brand!
The Town of Narrows has received a 2019 Virginia Main Street Commercial District Affiliate grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development through the Virginia Main Street (VMS) Program, the state’s coordinating program for Main Street America.
The New River Valley Business Center (NRVBC) is home to many small businesses and entrepreneurs, with businesses ranging from high-tech manufacturers to professional and personal service providers. The NRVBC’s primary purpose is to support the success and growth of these small businesses, but the facility’s convenient meeting room rentals and affordable, flexible production and office suites appeal to businesses of any size.