About the NRV

The New River Valley, comprised of the City of Radford and Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties, is located in Southwest Virginia between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains. Blacksburg is within Montgomery County and boasts numerous recognitions.The New River Valley has a strong heritage and pride embedded in its roots. It is a dynamic area of industry and trade, in part due to its location within a day's drive to approximately three-quarters of the nation's major markets. The scenic vistas, historical and cultural attractions, and qualities inherent to the area are drawing tourists and businesses to this rapidly growing Valley. Business and industry searching for new locations will appreciate the excellent natural resources found here. A critical component of success in this 1,453 square mile region is the pride and work ethic exhibited by the more than 179,000 residents. These are the people that drive the Valley toward accomplishing its goals, success, and sustained growth.

The New River Valley is home to the nation's oldest river, the New River, thus giving the region its name. The majority of land within the region is considered forested (68.3%) and agriculture continues to be a major portion of the region's economy. With excellent rail and interstate highway systems (I-81 and I-77 to the south) the residents of the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski, and the City of Radford call the New River Valley home.

NRV VideoEducational Excellence > The people in the New River Valley have developed an exceptional educational system. The area is home to Virginia's largest university, Virginia Tech and is ranked as one of the best engineering colleges in the nation. Radford University provides strong programs in business, nursing, communications and education. Additionally, New River Community College is dedicated to training and retraining the region's labor force. In fact, our education institutions comprise our largest employers in the region. These higher educational centerpieces also have strong ties with the local school divisions and local business and industry.

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