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.
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.
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.
The Regional + Local Housing Study is nearly complete! After hearing that several localities within the region were grappling over similar housing concerns, the Commission sought funding from the Virginia Housing Development Authority to conduct a regional housing study.
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