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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 The current website is outdated and difficult to use on mobile devices, so VFRIFA wishes to have a new, comprehensively redesigned website created to market the 1,000-acre industrial park to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.

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NRVRC to pursue SolSmart Regional Organizations Designation

SolSmart is a national solar designation and technical assistance program which is led by the Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and is funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) through its Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO). SolSmart helps communities go solar and realize associated economic benefits, and awards communities that are taking actions to go solar faster.

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Excellence in Regional Transportation Planning Award

The New River Valley Regional Commission has been awarded a 2019 Excellence in Regional Transportation Planning Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for its work with the New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Blacksburg Partnership on passenger rail!  The award specifically recognizes the recently complete Passenger Rail Station Ownership and Maintenance Strategy. According to NADO President Scott Koons: “The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards highlight important results of programs and projects like the New River Valley’s Passenger Rail Station Ownership and Maintenance Strategy.  Such initiatives are central to fostering quality of place, facilitating economic vitality, and improving mobility in our nation’s communities by promoting effective transportation planning and networks.” The purpose of the study was to identify a locally preferred station ownership and maintenance strategy should a new service extend beyond the City of Roanoke.  The study found that partners in the New River Valley are open to a collaborative model that could be developed under a regional authority.  A new authority would be guided by a Board of Directors that represent the financial and strategic passenger rail partners in the region. For further information, please contact Elijah Sharp (esharp@nrvrc.org), 540-639-9313, ext. 210. Share... read more

Roam the Huck

On June 14th staff from the Regional Commission led a guided bike tour on the Huckleberry Trail. The family-friendly bike tour traversed a portion of the trail and discussed history about the two towns the trail has connected since 1904.

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‘Communities of the New River Valley’ regional Main Street program coordination

Since late 2018, the Giles County Tourism Office and the New River Valley Regional Commission have been working to implement a Virginia Main Street Commercial District Affiliate grant on behalf of the Town of Narrows. The goal of the $7,000 grant is to coordinate the ‘Main Street’ development efforts of towns in the New River Valley by launching a modified New River Valley version of the successful ‘Hometowns of the Clinch’ model that towns along the Clinch River have developed to help their communities.

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