The New River Valley Regional Commission is excited to announce a new virtual community engagement platform, Engage NRV!
The Regional Commission recently partnered with Christiansburg nonprofit, Downtown Christiansburg Inc. (DCI), to complete an annual action plan. DCI was founded in 2012 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 2018.
The New River Valley Regional Commission is receiving a Bronze designation from the national SolSmart (www.solsmart.org) program for advancing solar energy options in the New River Valley. It is only the second regional organization in Virginia to achieve the SolSmart designation. Nationally there are only seven regional organizations designated by SolSmart.
Neighbors in Need, a program powered by Millstone Kitchen at the Old Prices Fork Elementary School, was created in response to the increased need for food access in response to the pandemic. Local caterers prepared hot individual meals and supplied them to multiple area partners for distribution to individuals in need.
On October 26-28th, the Town of Pembroke and Giles County hosted a series of virtual workshop as part of the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities (RERC) program. The workshop sessions are the focal point of the planning process, bringing together federal and local partners to discuss local outdoor recreation and economic development needs and potential solutions, and to work collaboratively to prioritize goals
The Business Continuity Team (BCT) has been working with The NRV Public Health Task Force to ensure that businesses can remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since August the team has been answering commonly asked questions regarding COVID-19, reviewing and developing business continuity plans, fielding calls from the New River Health District, performing N-95 fit tests, on-site testing coordination, and contact tracing.
On October 26-28th, the Town of Pembroke and Giles County ‘hosted’ a virtual workshop as part of the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities (RERC) program. Through RERC assistance, a planning team appointed by EPA and its federal counterparts will help partner communities create an action plan to grow the local outdoor recreation economy in ways that promote sustainable resource management and environmentally friendly community development.
The New River Valley Regional Commission board of directors, comprised of elected officials and citizen appointees across the region recently honored their award recipients for 2020.
Use of New River is quite high these days. The air is hot, the river is cool, and you can buy or rent a boat just about anywhere. For the past sixteen years after enjoying a summer of floating, residents of the New River Valley have gathered together in a day of celebrating the river, the end of summer and the start of the new semester
The NRVRC is in the process of updating the New River Valley Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document for 2020. 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.