Radford has continued to evolve over the years. As some industries have moved out of the city, others have located here. Radford today has a diverse economy with a significant manufacturing base with several companies making motors that are found on every continent on earth, under the sea, and in space above. Education is still a top priority for the community with an outstanding Radford City Public School system and Radford University. Radford is a recreation center for the New River Valley, hosting numerous tournaments and events every year. The Riverway is a signature hiking and biking trail in the region. The riverfront in Radford is highly utilized and serves as a point of pride for Radford as it is known as "The New River City."
Radford in the 21st Century still connects back to the very first people to pass through this area. It is a community of journeys and exploration.