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Partnership with New River Valley Commerce Park proves invaluable research opportunity for undergraduates

Students enrolled in two Artis College of Science and Technology courses conducted impactful undergraduate research at the New River Valley Commerce Park this year. Department of Physics professor Rhett Herman’s Geophysics class and Department of Anthropological Sciences professor Jake Fox’s Archeological Field School spent several weeks at the Park, located in Pulaski County, Virginia, during the spring and summer semesters to gather data that Park administrators will use as an integral tool to assess the 1,000-acre site and attract potential tenants. The New River Valley Commerce Park opened in 2002 and is owned by Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority (VFRIFA), which is comprised of 11 member localities: the Counties of Bland, Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Roanoke; Cities of Radford and Roanoke; and Towns of Dublin, Pearisburg, and Pulaski. These localities have been critical to the advancement of the park, which acquired its first anchor, Red Sun Farms, LLC, in 2014. “Having Radford University students use the New River Valley Commerce Park as a learning laboratory not only provides students with a unique learning environment, but the data collected helps inform development decisions of the Park,” said Mary Biggs, VFRIFA Board chair. “We also believe that exposing students to the greater community will encourage them to stay here after graduation and use their knowledge and talents to help grow the greater New River Valley.” Radford University’s partnership with the Park blossomed in the spring of 2017 through Herman’s connection with Christy Straight, senior planner for the New River Valley Regional Commission, and VFRIFA Executive Director Danny Wilson. Together, they agreed that Herman’s PHYS/GEOL 406 – Geophysics class would...

2019-20 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

The NRVRC is in the process of updating the New River Valley Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document for 2019-20.  The CEDS provides a review of economic data and conditions for NRVRC jurisdictions, identifies goals and strategies that help to addresses these regional issues, and prioritizes regional economic development projects that the region can undertake to achieve these goals.

RIDE Solutions Rewards Paying Off for FloydFest Carpoolers

RIDE Solutions Rewards Paying Off for FloydFest Carpoolers

RIDE Solutions teamed up this year with FloydFest’s producers to offer carpooling incentives for festival goers. Encouraging attendees to use carpooling to reduce their costs, their environmental footprint, and the parking headache has been an annual challenge.

Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority Website RFP

Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority Website RFP

Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority (VFRIFA) is soliciting website design consultants and/or companies for proposal to redesign the NRV Commerce Park website (www.nrvcommercepark.com). The current website is outdated and difficult to use on mobile devices, so VFRIFA wishes to have a new, comprehensively redesigned website created to market the 1,000-acre industrial park to prospective companies.

Broadband Plan for Montgomery County and Radford

Montgomery County, Virginia – In partnership with the New River Valley Regional Commission, Montgomery County and City of Radford are seeking feedback from citizens regarding the current status of broadband in our communities. Please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BroadbandSurvey to share your feedback.

Work Talk- New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board podcast

Work Talk- New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board podcast

Are You Part of the Podcast Craze? Well, the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board is!  Their podcast Work Talk has been having great results with sharing workforce related information to listeners from all over the Commonwealth (and some from around the country, and, well, a few from around the world, too).