Date: January 6, 2017
New River Valley Economic Development Alliance New River Valley, VA – 2016 was a banner year for the New River Valley in terms of regional and national recognition. From Fox News to Southern Living to Area Development Magazine, both the region as a whole and the counties, city, towns, and universities within it were recognized for outstanding lifestyle, business, and educational opportunities.
Although this list is far from comprehensive, we hope that it gives you a good overview of how the New River Valley stacked up against the rest of the country (and world!) in 2016.Safety First • Blacksburg (#6) and Christiansburg (#11) were ranked by Backgroundchecks.org as two of the top 25 Safest Cities in Virginia.
Happiness Counts• Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, Floyd, and Pulaski all earned top awards in Blue Ridge Country magazine’s Happiest Town in the Blue Ridge survey.
Leading Metro• AIER named the a Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford MSA #19 Top College Town.
Tech-Savvy• Blacksburg was named one of the Best Tech Hubs in Virginia by Southern Business & Development Magazine.
College Town Love• Garden & Gun ranked Blacksburg as the #1 Southern College Town.
Get Outside• Singletracks.com named Blacksburg the Mountain Bike Capital of Virginia.
Top Tier Colleges & Universities• Princeton Review ranked Virginia Tech as having the #1 Best Quality of Life and the #7 Happiest Students, among others.
Virginia’s New River Valley is a vibrant community that’s home to two state universities, Virginia Tech and Radford University, and a diverse industry base ranging from large international corporations to small technology startups. The region is designated the Blacksburg-Christiansburg Radford Metropolitan Statistical Area and encompasses the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and the city of Radford.
The New River Valley Economic Development Alliance is a public/private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market the New River Valley, to foster job creation, facilitate new investment and to improve the quality of life in the region.