• Industries in the NRV



Virginia’s New River Valley is an excellent place to open or expand a business. It is currently a hub for four main industries that are instrumental to the region’s economic stimulation and employment. All four are ripe for continued growth and investment.


Manufacturing Industry in the NRV
Tech Industry in the NRV
Virginia’s New River Valley


Volvo, Advanced Manufacturing, Virginia's New River Valley

Advanced Manufacturing

The talented and loyal workforce of Virginia’s New River Valley is proud to manufacture using the highest levels of technology and robotics. From Volvo Trucks North America to GALA North America Inc., manufacturing has many faces in the NRV. Advanced Manufacturing currently provides nearly 12,000 jobs in the region, which is comparatively low cost and home to a dedicated pool of talented employees. With over 45 suitable sites available, the NRV is ready and willing to welcome new manufacturers to lay down roots. READ MORE

Virginia Tech Food Science & Technology Department

Food Processing & Agribusiness

The greatest asset for Food Processing and Agribusiness in the New River Valley is right there in our name: The New River. With over a billion gallons moving through the NRV daily, the second oldest water system in the world is plentiful and reliable. Plus, with the amount of Food Processing and Agribusiness jobs at 18% above the national average, our workforce is skilled and abundant. Our bounty of workforce, water, affordable land, and history of agriculture, makes the NRV a good fit for companies like breweries, farms, and processing plants alike. READ MORE


Information Technology

Virginia’s New River Valley is well-fit for companies in software development, cybersecurity, IT support, digital creative firms, and other sectors in the Information Technology industry. With exceptional education programs out of Virginia Tech and Radford University, the NRV is producing some of the best IT workforce in the country who can flourish here, in a region with such exceptional quality of life standards and a low cost of living. READ MORE

Drone Flying Virginia Tech Kentland Farm

Unmanned Systems

The New River Valley is an ideal location for companies in the Unmanned Systems industry. Not only do UAS sectors overlap with our other highly visible industries, but there are also active growth efforts present here. Virginia Tech’s expanded focus on UAS provides a culture of innovation surrounding the industry and creates unprecedented research opportunities for universities, students, and private companies. READ MORE

Nanci Hardwick Riverstone Blue

I love the business culture of the New River Valley. It’s one of the greatest things about being located here. The people are real and the community is very supportive. There isn’t the competitiveness that is present in other communities and we work together a lot more.”

Nanci Hardwick, Aeroprobe & MELD CEO

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