With access to outdoor recreation, fine arts, high-quality employment, and unmatched educational opportunities, it’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley feels like home. It’s “A Natural Fit.”
Virginia Tech, one of the nation’s leading research centers, is in the Town of Blacksburg, and Radford University calls The City of Radford home. New River Community College also has campuses in both Pulaski County and Christiansburg. These leading higher education institutions connect the New River Valley to the rest of the world. Plus, each of these institutions contribute to the well-educated and highly-skilled workforce that drives our region forward.
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WHAT MAKES UP THE NEW RIVER VALLEY?
Virginia’s New River Valley is made up of four counties (Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski) and one city (Radford). The 1,458-square-mile region encompasses ten interconnected towns (Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Dublin, Floyd, Glen Lyn, Narrows, Pearisburg, Pembroke, Pulaski, and Rich Creek) and has a high degree of economic and social integration.
Floyd County sits high up on a plateau in the mountains, distinguishing it both physically and culturally from neighboring counties. Residents pride themselves on the friendly and open-minded nature of the many artisans, farmers, and craftsmen who call Floyd home.
Giles County has a history rooted deeply in traditional manufacturing, but it’s the majestic mountains and the New River that closely tied the residents’ to home. The County consists of five distinct communities: Rich Creek, Pembroke, Narrows, Glen Lyn and Pearisburg.
Montgomery County contains the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg. The county benefits from the energy of young professionals, cutting-edge technology companies, bustling students, and the abundance of resources offered through Virginia Tech, which is the area’s largest employer.
Centrally located in the heart of the New River Valley, Pulaski County is one of its fastest growing economic centers, with outdoor amenities. A number of international businesses have invested in the county, such as Volvo and GALA North America Inc.
CITY OF RADFORD
The City of Radford is a small independent city that has a symbiotic relationship with Radford University and its students. The city is home to 200 acres of riverfront and four parks: Bisset, Sunset, Wildwood, and Riverview.
EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
The New River Valley is home to Virginia Tech, Radford University, and the New River Valley Community College. Each school has diverse fields of study and numerous student-accessible facilities, labs, and enrichment centers. Many local and national companies recruit straight from these higher education institutions and the local high schools, which often partner with the community college to provide vocational training for area students.