Floyd County, typically known for its creative arts and music culture, has partnered with Citizens to pioneer new ways to connect rural communities that don’t rely on highways, railways, or educational institutions. According to Floyd County’s Economic Director Lydeana Martin, this 6-year project is bringing every one of Floyd’s residents “to the table of the American economy” through fiber internet.
With the assistance of federal and state funded grants and the Line Extension Customer Assistance Program to help offset construction costs, Citizens reported that this will make Floyd “the first of a handful of rural counties to achieve universal broadband in the Commonwealth.”
Read about Floyd County and Citizens innovative project here.
Watch the full story of their Countywide Broadband Expansion project here.
Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”
Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.