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Regional Effort for Localities in SWVA to Become Work Ready Communities

The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board supports the region’s economy through a collaborative approach to meeting needs of businesses and job seekers that is flexible and adaptable to the changing economic ecosystem.
One of the ways the NR/MR WDB is living its mission is by being one of several organizations that are leading a regional initiative to certify 21 jurisdictions in SWVA as “Work Ready Communities.”

Building a Pipeline of Skilled Workers in Manufacturing, Healthcare, and IT

Building a Pipeline of Skilled Workers in Manufacturing, Healthcare, and IT

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.

Second Regional Clean-up Makes Massive Impact

Second Regional Clean-up Makes Massive Impact

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.

Town of Narrows receives RALLY grant to implement downtown improvements

Town of Narrows receives RALLY grant to implement downtown improvements

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/.

Exploring Innovative Ways to Bridge the Interest Gap

Exploring Innovative Ways to Bridge the Interest Gap

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

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.