"By the way, how's the prospect of New River Valley? You are near Wytheville, Right?"
Yes near Wytheville but closer to Galax. I am assuming you are talking about the area in general and not some institution. Things seem to be the same in the last two years that we have been here. Being an investor, I don't get out into the community as much as when I was employed outside the home. Furniture was a big industry before most of the factories were shut down some years ago due to foreign competition. Last year, one re-opened but I wouldn't say the area is going anywhere fast. A recent report listed the area as having one of the highest unemployment rates. Another recent report listed it as having the one of the largest increases in tourism revenue in the state. Overall, I would say it is a wash and is not terrible nor experiencing any significant growth.
I agree with your comment on INBK on "only to a degree". I was surprised though that is was as much as it was. My comments should have stated "help fill only a portion of the gap"