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NRV Commerce Park: Built for the future

Feb 22, 2019
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Situated in Virginia’s New River Valley in the western part of the state, NRV Commerce Park offers more than 4 million square meters of build-ready land for companies wanting a strategic location along the U.S. East Coast. Aside from having industrial scale infrastructure, the park boasts an on-site 60-megawatt solar energy farm for its tenants.

Virginia's first commerce park stands on 4 million square meters of build-ready land situated near vital transport infrastructure.

Owned by Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority, NRV Commerce Park is easily accessible. It is beside a four-lane divided highway and only 5.6 km from U.S. Interstate 81. Also, the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone 238 and International Port of Entry 1412 at the adjacent New River Valley Airport serve the park, which can accommodate buildings up to 204,000 square meters in floor area.

“The authority has created a forward-thinking, certified industrial park to attract the next generation of businesses in a strategic location,” Chair Mary Biggs said.

Offering a well-rounded environment for residents and a source of high-level talent, the NRV Commerce Park is within a 30-minute drive from Virginia Tech, Radford University and New River Community College.

With a reputation for fostering friendly communities that have earned numerous awards and citations, New River Valley residents will surely welcome new companies to the region.

Sweet Briar College: Forming the world's women leaders

Feb 22, 2019
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Set on 3,250 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, women’s liberal arts college Sweet Briar College has remained unswerving in its mission to prepare women for the workplace and guide them to become responsible global citizens.

Throughout its 118-year history, Sweet Briar has provided its students with an open learning environment that nurtures problem-solving skills. The college is also one of just two women’s colleges in the country with a fully accredited engineering program. The 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings named Sweet Briar one of the most innovative schools in the country.

Sweet Briar College President Meredith (third from left) Woo with students

“Our engineering program is small, but it is wickedly good. Its track record in employment is nearly 100 percent,” said SBC President Meredith Woo, who spent her high school years in Tokyo and served on former President Bill Clinton’s Commission on U.S.-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy.

As Japanese manufacturers continue investing in the United States, specifically in the southeastern states, Sweet Briar wants to strengthen links with the manufacturing industry and provide it with highly qualified graduates.

Already with long-running ties with schools in Japan, like Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, SBC wants to form new partnerships with more Japanese schools and organizations.

It is confident that its affordable tuition and modern liberal arts curriculum will keep SBC among the top choices of high school graduates everywhere.

“Sweet Briar’s changes to its curriculum and tuition model were strategic. We based them on the college’s existing areas of excellence in order to set the institution apart and make it relevant for the 21st century. Our institutional innovations are intended to prepare women leaders to innovate and provide their own solutions to global problems,” Woo said.

Southeastern USA 2019 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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