On April 9, 2019 Kevin Byrd, executive director of the New River Valley Regional Commission, provided testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.
On March 19th Kevin Byrd joined a delegation of planning district executive directors from across Virginia to host a Congressional Briefing with legislative staff in Washington, DC. The briefing was coordinated by the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions in conjunction with the National Association of Development Organizations
On December 10, 2018, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) announced the recipients of six $250,000 Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grants. These grants were awarded to communities throughout Virginia to field-test strategies and solutions to help more children access high quality preschool. Another key component of Mixed Delivery project is cross-sector collaboration.
Through its partnership with the Virginia Center for Housing Research, Commission staff have now participated in two housing data trainings. Using data sources such as American Community Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data, Commission staff learned how to tabulate this data, test for its reliability, and cross-reference multiple data sources to provide a more three-dimensional view of the story the data is telling.
The Smart Beginnings NRV program recently completed an Early Childhood Regional Assessment funded by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). The Regional Assessment explores the outcomes of the current early childhood system, the risk factors influencing these outcomes, the early childhood services currently available, as well as service gaps and challenges by locality.
Transportation planners, engineers, program managers, and local cyclists met on September 28, 2018 for a Multi-Regions Alternative Transportation Social.