Virginia Tech and their Hokies have put Blacksburg on the map, but it is more than just a quaint college town. The surrounding area is known as the New River Valley and includes Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, Pulaski, and several other small communities. Virginia Tech and Radford University have attracted or helped start many technologies and IT companies including Biotherapeutics, Vitech, TechLab, Modea, Heyo and many others. The New River Valley is also home to regional plants and distribution centers for Corning, Dish, Volvo Trucks, and many more. NEST has several locations in Blacksburg and Christiansburg which provide a short commute to anywhere in the New River Valley.