Work Talk

Work Talk is a podcast about happenings in the region’s businesses. Businesses that participate in the podcast have the opportunity to tell their story; who are they, what do they do and what do they need to be competitive? Job seekers, through listening to the podcast, have the opportunity to learn about business needs and expectations and how they might prepare to go to work for a particular business and/or in a particular industry. We recognize that the more we understand about what businesses want/need, the more likely we are to meet that need.

For more information about Work Talk, contact Marty Holliday at or 540-357-0651

E68: Changing the Game: How GiveLocalNRV and the New River Mount Rogers Workforce Development Foundation Are Making an Impact

In this episode we welcome Lindsey Gleason, Assistant Director of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, to discuss the upcoming GiveLocalNRV initiative. Lindsey explains how the Community Foundation collaborates with donors to support more than 150 local organizations through grants and scholarships, and how GiveLocalNRV offers an online platform for nonprofits to raise funds and connect with the community. You’ll also hear about the newly established New River Mount Rogers Workforce Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on providing comprehensive support to individuals facing obstacles to employment and training.


E67: Workforce Innovations: Enhancing Capacity and Efficiency in Workforce Development

In this episode, you’ll learn about a grant project aimed at bridging the skilled trades gap in the region. You’ll also hear about the board’s initiatives to develop sector partnerships and strategies in construction, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. The episode explores how these partnerships will help identify industry needs, develop targeted training programs, and support disadvantaged populations in accessing skilled employment opportunities. Tune in to discover how this impactful project aims to strengthen the region’s workforce and benefit both businesses and job seekers alike.


E66: Transforming Lives: Stories of Reentry, Recovery, and Opportunity

The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board is transforming lives through impactful programs and partnerships. In this episode, you’ll hear uplifting stories of second chances from former inmates gaining employment after reentering society, a woman rebuilding her life in recovery from substance abuse, nursing students graduating with support through workforce grants, and a manufacturing business benefiting from workforce training initiatives. These stories of reentry, recovery and accessing opportunity demonstrate the power of community support and resilience on the journey of positive change. Listen in for inspirational tales of lives turned around through workforce development.

E65: Regional Collaboration for Economic Development

This podcast features a discussion with the executive directors of two regional economic development organizations about their efforts to promote business growth, job creation, and talent development across southwest Virginia. They provide updates on the priorities and activities of their organizations, including workforce pipeline development, talent retention programs, business attraction and expansion efforts, and strategic marketing of the region. Discover the importance of collaboration between economic development groups to support the economic vitality of local communities.

E64: Unlocking Opportunities: Navigating WIOA’s Career Programs

In this episode, you’ll learn about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and some of its programs serving adults, dislocated workers, and youth. Get ready to discover how WIOA, a reauthorization of the 2014 Workforce Investment Act, is designed to strengthen our nation’s public workforce system and empower adults, youth, and those facing employment barriers, to access high-quality careers.


E63: Transforming Lives, Building the Regional Economy: A Grants and Funding Update

In this episode, you’ll hear an update about grants awarded to the New River/Mt. Rogers Workforce Development Board. Join us as we delve into the various programs and the efforts underway to build a skilled and confident labor force, especially for those individuals who face barriers to employment. You’ll also hear about how work-based learning opportunities and certifications in healthcare, manufacturing, and construction are helping transform lives, and three new grants awarded from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

E62: The SHOW Workshop- Supporting Rural Small Businesses with Retention and Workforce Productivity

In this episode, you’ll hear about an initiative that provides rural labor market and employee training. Discover the range of topics covered in the workshops and trainings and the potential outcomes for participating businesses. Discover how the SHOW workshop  provides employees with tools that can be used to improve their functionality and productivity at work.


E61: Improving the Capacity and Quality of Regional Childcare

Access to quality childcare is an important part of developing a talent pipeline and meeting workforce needs. In this episode, you’ll hear about the efforts underway to increase the operational capacity and quality of childcare providers and to add 100 early childhood teachers to the region.


E60: Regional Funding and Services for 2023

In this episode, you’ll hear from Marty Holliday, Executive Director of the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Area, and Deputy Director Jenny Bolte, as they provide an overview of some of the new regional funding for 2023 and the innovative services that the funding will provide.


E59: How the Regional Workforce System Is Helping Meet Recruitment and Retention Needs

In this episode, the conversation continues about how the regional workforce system is helping to meet recruitment and retention needs. You’ll hear from 2 employers, one from the New River Valley Regional Jail, and the other from Parkdale Mills, as they discuss available jobs and careers in their organizations. They also share their recruitment and retention strategies, as well as the benefits that they offer their employees.