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NRGRDA Elevates Staff to Respond to Outdoor Recreation Economy, Needs of Gateway Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/21/2021
BECKLEY, WV – Senior staff at the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) are being promoted to new positions within the organization to respond to increased local and regional business, community, and economic outdoor industry needs...

NRGRDA’s Jina Belcher Selected As 2021 Generation Next ’40 Under 40’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/18/2021
BECKLEY, WV – Jina Belcher, executive director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA), has been recognized by the state business journal as one of its 2021 Generation Next ’40 Under 40’ recipients...

NRGRDA Congratulates Local Klöckner Pentaplast Facility On Earning 2020 Productivity Award Among Global Peers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/9/2021
BEAVER, WV – Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), a global leader in recycled content products and high-barrier protective packaging, has awarded its production facility in Raleigh County as its 2020 Plant of the Year for productivity...

New River Gorge Regional Development Authority Leads Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Strategy Session

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/28/2021
BECKLEY, WV – Local leaders vying to attract more visitors and bolster the New River Gorge outdoor recreation economy came together to strategize on how to move forward on much needed trails and other recreation opportunities...

New River Gorge Regional Development Authority To Hold Ribbon Cutting For New Offices at Historic Attar Center, 200 Main Street, Beckley

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/19/2021
BECKLEY, WV – It is fitting that the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) is celebrating moving its offices into the historic Attar Center at 200 Main Street, Beckley, a structure dedicated to economic development of southern West Virginia...

New River Gorge Regional Development Authority Hires Two New Staff to Boost Community, Economic Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/17/2021
BECKLEY, WV – Two new staff have joined the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) to help boost expanded opportunities for regional community and economic development initiatives. Jenna Grayson has been named as Manager of Strategic Partnerships, and Hannah Schoolcraft, will be the new Marketing Coordinator...

NRGRDA Focuses on Outdoor Economy: Opportunities Stemming from the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/5/2021
By Jina Belcher – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito joined local leaders in unveiling the new signage May 5 for the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and later joined a roundtable at Adventures on the Gorge to discuss priority regional community and economic development needs to grow the outdoor economy...

April 12 Kick-off Empowers Businesses to Create Communities of Healing Federal Grant Offers Recovery to Work Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/14/2021 (WV HIVE PRESS RELEASE)
BECKLEY, WV – Approximately 50 community leaders and advocates attended the Communities of Healing Gathering virtually April 12 to learn about and support the newly launched recovery to workforce program. In attendance also were 12 area businesses...

New River Gorge Regional Development Authority Team and Its Work To Be Featured on Positively West Virginia Facebook Live

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/14/2021
BECKLEY, WV – Leaders of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA), along with a Fayette County small business owner, will be guests on Positively West Virginia’s Small Business MasterMind panel at 11 a.m. EDT Friday, April 16...

Family Business Analabs Weathers Highs and Lows of Coal Industry, Pivots to Medical Cannabis, Hemp and Other Analytical Testing to Grow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/31/2021 (WV HIVE PRESS RELEASE)
BECKLEY, WV – Persistence pays. No one knows that better than Kelli Harrison, vice president of Analabs, Inc., an analytic laboratory testing company in Crab Orchard. Analabs, named Small Business of 2020 by the West Virginia Hive Network, just landed a...

NRGRDA Hosts U.S. Sen. Capito at Raleigh County Memorial Airport For Update on Airport Expansion, Aerospace Innovation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/29/2021
BECKLEY, WV – U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito visited the Raleigh County Memorial Airport (RCMA) today, securing an update on all aspects of the complex project and touring the sites to get a full appreciation of the airport’s potential...

Summersville and NRGRDA Welcome Back Fat Eddie’s Grand Reopening Event at 10 a.m. March 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/3/2021
SUMMERSVILLE, WV – Fat Eddie’s Hot Dog Stand at the Summersville Dam is back in business for the 2021 season, thanks to new owners, Ashleigh and Josh Wall. A grand reopening will be held at Fat Eddie’s (2243 Summersville Lake Road, Mt. Nebo) at 10 a.m. Friday, March 5...

New Year, New NRGRDA Board Leadership Set To Guide Four-County Economic Development and Job Creation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/2/2021
BECKLEY, WV – The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) met Feb. 22, with three new members joining incumbent members in guiding the economic development progress of Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers Counties...

New River Gorge Regional Development Authority Moves Forward with Study on Aerospace Skilled Training Needs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/17/2021
BECKLEY, WV – Jina Belcher, executive director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA), announced the selection of Pavlik and Associates to undertake a comprehensive review of skilled training needs for aerospace companies locating at the 105-acre site at Raleigh County Memorial Airport...

West Virginia Hive Network Places Three Clients In Prestigious University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/9/2021 (WV HIVE PRESS RELEASE)
BECKLEY, WV – Judy Moore, director of the West Virginia Hive Network, navigated landing three of their clients in this Spring’s University of Virginia (UVA) Appalachian Impact Investing Due Diligence class. UVA only selected eight companies for this social entrepreneurial course...

Raleigh County Memorial Airport Expansion Ready for Take Off With Approval of $1.75 Million Federal EDA Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/4/2021
BECKLEY, WV – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, along with U.S. Rep. Carol Miller, announced the approval of a $1.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) that represents the final investment...

NRGRDA Awards Contract to Greenbrier Environmental Group, Inc. To Clean Up Ice House Property, Making Way for Hinton Revitalization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/3/2021
BECKLEY, WV – The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) has awarded a contract to Greenbrier Environmental Group, Inc. to facilitate the cleanup of the old Silo Ice house property on Commercial Avenue in Hinton, announced Jina Belcher...

NRGRDA’s Judy Moore Recognized by West Virginia Living Magazine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/2/2021 (WV HIVE PRESS RELEASE)
BECKLEY, WV – Judy Moore of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA), was selected as the West Virginia Living magazine “2020 Community Champion of the New River/Greenbrier Valley Region of WV.” Jina Belcher, NRGRDA’s executive director, said “Judy brings expertise...

Fayette County’s Chris Fussell of McChrystal Group Joins West Virginia Hive Network Advisory Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/1/2021 (WV HIVE PRESS RELEASE)
BECKLEY, WV – A prestigious Fayette County Veteran has joined the advisory council of the West Virginia Hive Network, Christopher “Chris” Fussell, president of McChrystal Group. Judy Moore, director of WV Hive, said Fussell brings “incredible leadership experiences and business insights to...

Rep. Carol Miller Tours New West Virginia Hive Network Facility Applauds Business Development and Support Efforts of the Hive and NRGRDA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/27/2021 (WV HIVE PRESS RELEASE)
BECKLEY, WV – U.S. Rep. Carol Miller visited the West Virginia Hive Network’s new downtown business hub, meeting with Jina Belcher, executive director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, and Judy Moore, director of the WV Hive and manager of the Country Roads Angel Network (CRAN)...

NRGRDA to Partner with Generation West Virginia to Promote Fellowships and Retain In-State Talent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/19/2021
BECKLEY, WV – Jina Belcher, executive director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA), announced today NRGRDA is partnering to support Generation West Virginia, a statewide non-profit dedicated to attracting, retaining, and advancing young people in the Mountain State...

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Designation Reflects Decades of NRGRDA, Local Support and Perseverance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/21/2020
BECKLEY, WV – Decades of unwavering advocacy led to the recent redesignation of the New River Gorge National River to the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, the 63rd national park to be managed by the National Park Service...

Belcher and Moore of NRGRDA to Present at ARC POWER Grantee Virtual Workshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/8/2020
BECKLEY, WV – Jina Belcher and Judy Moore of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA), are lending their economic development experience to the annual WV POWER Grantee Summit being held virtually from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16...

Andrew Davis Joins NRGRDA as Special Projects Coordinator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/2/2020
BECKLEY, WV – Andrew “Andy” Davis has joined the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) as its new Special Projects Coordinator.

Jina Belcher Named Executive Director of New River Gorge Regional Development Authority

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/12/2020
BECKLEY, WV – Jina Belcher will become the executive director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) on December 1, as approved by its board of directors...

$1.75 Million Dollar Grant Award for the Raleigh County Memorial Airport Industrial Park Development Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/04/2020
BECKLEY, WV – In an announcement on Thursday, June 4th, Governor Jim Justice announced Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding has been awarded to Raleigh County Memorial Airport...

$750K Grant to NRGRDA for COVID-19 Economic Injury Relief Business Loans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/04/2020
BECKLEY, WV – In an announcement on Thursday, June 4th, Governor Jim Justice announced West Virginia Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Investment Program Grant funding has been awarded to 12 projects across the state totaling $11.7 Million dollars...

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/03/2020
BECKLEY, WV – In a virtual announcement on Wednesday, June 3RD, Governor Jim Justice announced more than $13 Million dollars of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding across the state, including Raleigh County...

Organizations Partner To Gauge Potential Economic Impact Of COVID-19 On West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/15/2020
CHARLESTON, WV – On April 15, 2020, the WV Association of Regional Councils (WVARC), WV Chamber of Commerce, the WV Development Office and the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority announced a partnership to maximize stimulus funds for West Virginia in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Outdoor NRG Public Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 03/04/2020
New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) will be hosting a public forum next week, continuing the dialog about the future of the outdoor industry in the New River Gorge region...

Outdoor NRG Public Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 01/10/2020
New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) and consulting partner, Emergent Opportunities, Inc., will be hosting a public forum to continue the discussion about the future of the outdoor industry in the New River Gorge region...

The Forbes OZ 20: Top Opportunity Zone Catalysts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/14/2019
The Forbes OZ 20: Top Opportunity Zone Catalysts, a partnership between Forbes and the Sorenson Impact Center, have announced a new list recognizing community organizations and Opportunity Zone (OZ) funds that are committed to achieving economic growth in underserved and overlooked communities throughout the country...

Outdoor NRG

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/01/2019
New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) and consulting partner, Noah Wilson of Emergent Opportunities, Inc., will be hosting a public event to discuss the future of the outdoor industry in the New River Gorge region...

AEROready™ Certification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/30/2019
The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority in partnership with Appalachian Power Company, Raleigh County Memorial Airport, Mercer County Economic Development Authority, McDowell County Economic Development Authority, and Wyoming County Economic Development Authority will be holding an event to announce the certification of the region as AEROready™...

Regional Economic Outlook Summit 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/21/2019
The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA), in partnership with WVU College of Business and Economics, will be conducting a half-day public event to discuss the forecasted economic climate in the New River Gorge Region...