The Pathways to the American Dream project is off to a fantastic start. An H1-B project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and awarded to the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Area Consortium Board, “Pathways” covers four of the 15 Workforce Development areas in Virginia. Pathways is a systems-building project with the explicit intent of building a pipeline of skilled workers in manufacturing, healthcare, and IT so reginal businesses can remain competitive and grow.
The second, regional ReNew the New Clean-up Event tripled the number of miles cleaned up and nearly tripled the tonnage of trash and tires removed from the New River Watershed, compared to last year’s event. Held on Saturday, August 26th, 2017, in Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties, and the City of Radford, this year 475 volunteers and local government staff cleaned up over 30 miles of waterway and streambank on the New River and its tributaries.
Citizens in the Town of Narrows have spent the summer developing several downtown improvement projects as part of the RALLY Southwest Virginia program. The Town of Narrows is the first community in the New River Valley to participate in the latest round of this mini-grant program, which provides a $3,000 award to communities in Southwest Virginia to implement a community development project through a team structure. More information about Opportunity SWVA and the Rally program is available at: http://www.opportunityswva.org/grants/rally-swva/.
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