NRGRDA Regional Initiatives

Part of what The New River Gorge does to stimulate growth and diversity throughout the region, is to serve as an incubator for new organizations and projects that promote the change necessary for regional advancement. These are just a few of those initiatives we've helped make happen...

Active Southern West Virginia

The mission of this non-profit is to enable southern West Virginia to become a physically active community by embracing and celebrating an active lifestyle. 

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Southern West Virginia will become a physically active community by embracing and celebrating an active lifestyle.

In partnership with industries, families, schools, government administrators, businesses and their employees as well as healthcare professionals, Active SWV will advocate for southern West Virginians who deserve an attractive and vibrant place to live where safe opportunities to walk, run, dance, bike, and work out abound.

Active SWV will facilitate and promote new and existing sporting events, as well as establish alternative-sports activities in order to increase sports tourism in our region.

A happy and healthy community will attract new businesses and jobs. Active SWV’s overall goal is to improve the health of all southern West Virginians by providing opportunities for active lifestyles. This goal will help diversify our region’s economic development by attracting businesses that are looking for a community where living a healthy, active lifestyle is a priority.


ATV Trail System

The prospective for an ATV park in Nicholas County continues to be assessed by the County, Cities of Richwood and Summersville, and the NRGRDA. The Phase I feasibility study was presented in Richwood on January 14. While the project will require significant groundwork and development, the potential returns for the area and region are significant. Moto Trails Inc. provided a thorough feasibility for trail development at the site under consideration, comparison of three trailhead solutions, the investment required for a five-year launch, and the prospect for returns to the community.

New River Gorge Accelerator

The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) is partnering with the Region I Workforce Investment Board, the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation, the WV Small Business Development

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Center, New River Community and Technical College, the Raleigh County Commission, and a private foundation to establish a regional business accelerator and network of modern flex office spaces in southern West Virginia.

Local Foods Aggregator

A farm to table marketplace in Beckley, WV would source food from within a 100 mile radius with a commitment that over 75% of all meats and produce would come from within 50 miles. The local producers would benefit greatly from this model of aggregating local foods to a sophisticated and inviting shopping environment. Currently, we have relationships with over 60 local food producers in the counties of Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Summers, Greenbrier, Monroe, Kanawha and others, and just within in the New River Gorge RDA region there are more than 200 producers that are potential clients. This number represents only a very small cross section of the growers that could grow from this collaboration. The potential to add growers, create opportunities for small farmers and develop supply chain strategies that can benefit even displaced workers, veterans and handicapped individuals is tremendous.

Entrepreneur Education Program

The complete program introduces key components at the community college and secondary level to develop the entrepreneurial mindset  to encourage a cultural shift where creativity and innovation fuel economic growth in the region and help youth create their future in the state.

Merchant Societies

The NRGRDA assists in organizing local merchant society gatherings so that local property and business owners have an organized opportunity to collaborate, organize, and express concerns. Our organization strives to organize those messages in a way that is helpful in the crafting of policy and sustainable growth within the region.

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