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Pathways to the American Dream – Year One Wrap-up

In January 2017, the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board (NR/MR WDB) began their Pathways to the American Dream project.  This four-year project is funded by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration America’s Promise, H-1B Job Training Grant. 

Bikeshare Coming to the New River Valley

Bikeshare Coming to the New River Valley

The New River Valley will have a new way to get from Point A to Point B this spring. Montgomery County, the towns of Christiansburg and Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech are teaming up for a bikeshare system that will start with 12 stations and 88 bikes distributed across those stations.

2018 Regional Awards Nominations Open!

Help us recognize the people who make an impact in the New River Valley! We need you to nominate worthy candidates for this year’s awards program. The Commission is accepting nominations for our regional awards until March 13th.

Watching the Water in the NRV

The Regional Commission welcomed Alex McMahon, of the New River Conservancy (NRC), at New River Watershed Roundtable quarterly meeting in August. Mr. McMahon presented to the Watershed Roundtable about the opportunities for citizen water quality monitoring in the region. As the Water Quality Coordinator for the NRC, Mr. McMahon heads the New River Water Watchers program. As part of this program, he explained how to participate in water quality monitoring efforts. The data collected by volunteers would then be used for scientific research and analysis. For more information on citizen water quality opportunities in the New River Valley, please visit http://newriverconservancy.org/nrwq/waterquality.php, or contact Mr. McMahon at alex@newriverconservancy.org. The New River Watershed Roundtable is a consortium of local government agencies, businesses, advocacy groups, and the public. Administered by the New River Valley Regional Commission, the Watershed Roundtable acts as a forum to promote watershed stewardship through fair, open dialogue, and community collaboration. More information about the New River Watershed Roundtable can be found at www.nrvrc.org/watershedroundtable . Click here to view the NR Roundtable Flyer For further information, please contact Michael Gottfredson (michaelg@nrvrc.org) 540-639-9313, ext. 205. Share...

RIDE Solutions Update

RIDE Solutions staff had the opportunity to support several community events this fall. During Blacksburg’s Sustainability Week, we worked with local partners to host the bike valet at the end of the Sustainability Week Bike Parade, making it possible for participants to enjoy the farmers’ market after safely docking their bikes with us. You can catch some clips of the bike parade here: https://youtu.be/uEmjxxQZ5oo. Later that week we were back in Blacksburg to join the Virginia Tech Active Commute Celebration on campus and spread the word about transportation options beyond the single-occupant car trip. In October we hosted a bike valet again, at the annual Brew Do, offering safe and free bicycle parking for attendees. We offer the bike valet arrangement for local events wanting to encourage cycling as transportation to reduce parking demand and offer safe parking to cyclists. The organizing group provides volunteers to staff the valet and RIDE Solutions offers the equipment and training free of charge. We also offer employers technical assistance about transportation options for employees as we did in October for Phoenix Packaging at their employee health fair. This service is available to members of our Workplace Partner program. In addition to working on our employer outreach and promoting carpool matching in the region, we also exhibited at the Montgomery Chamber Expo on November 15. For further information please contact Christy Straight (cstraight@nrvrc.org) (540) 639-9313, ext. 209. Share...

Town of Pulaski receives grant for downtown revitalization!

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has awarded the Town of Pulaski a $696,846 grant through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Business District Improvement program. The grant provides funding for several redevelopment projects in the core of the Pulaski Historic Commercial District, with the goal of transforming deteriorating buildings and infrastructure into an inviting, vibrant downtown core that attracts visitors, business investment, and new patrons for downtown businesses. The Town of Pulaski and property owners have pledged an additional $318,000 toward the cost of completing these projects, for a total investment in downtown Pulaski of over $1 million. The Regional Commission provided assistance in the planning and grant application process, and will provide grant administration support for the project during the term of the grant from 2018-2020. The grant provides funding for several related redevelopment projects within the block of Main Street surrounding the Pulaski County Courthouse, between Jefferson Avenue and Washington Avenue. The projects include: improvements to the Main Street ‘streetscape’, with repaired sidewalks, and improvements to street parking, lighting and signage; repairs/upgrades for the alleys between Main Street and 3rd Street on either side of the courthouse; improvements to create a creekside walking trail in the alley between Main Street and Peak Creek; improvements to the bridges over Peak Creek on Jefferson and Washington Avenues to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility; the creation of a ‘pocket park’ in the vacant lot across from the Courthouse, and; repairs and improvements to the facades of 15+ commercial buildings in the project area.  More detail on the proposed improvements appear in the ‘Pulaski Downtown Revitalization Master Plan...