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New River Valley growth: 800 more IT jobs expected

here was another sign Tuesday of growth in the New River Valley.

More than 800 more jobs in the field of information technology are expected to arrive in the next year-and-a-half, according to the nonprofit the Valleys Innovation Council.

The announcement comes amid growth in other industries and at Virginia Tech.

Dozens of tech companies here are hiring, like 1901 Group, which will soon add a whole new building, contributing to the large jobs prediction: 801 more jobs in IT in the New River Valley in the next 18 months, according to projections in a new study released Tuesday.

Wendi Pannell says she’s the “poster child” for successful hiring. The tech company Ozmo in Blacksburg convinced her and her family to move here earlier this year.

“The area is just gorgeous, every season of this area,” Pannell said. “And the schools, nothing but good things about the schools. In fact, I think it’s a battle between the regions on whose school is the best.”

She’s a leader at Ozmo, which helps customer service workers and consumers troubleshoot apps on various devices.

While a student at Virginia Tech years ago, she said she never could have imagined that the landscape would change and her career would take her back here.

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