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Roanoke Region Earns High Marks

Southern Business & Development had plenty of praise for the Roanoke Region in its annual "Best of Economic Development in Virginia" feature this month. Here's a look at places that made the list:

  • Virginia's Best Community Colleges for Workforce Training: Virginia Western Community College
  • Best Tech Hubs in Virginia: Roanoke
  • Best Data Center Locations in Virginia: Roanoke County
  • Best Locations for Biosciences in Virginia: Roanoke
  • Virginia's Best Large Market Economic Development Agency: Roanoke Regional Partnership
  • Best Places to Retire in Virginia: Roanoke
  • Virginia's Best Sporting Events: Virginia Tech Football
  • Best Three Restaurants in Virginia: Alexander's (Roanoke)

Thank you to the Roanoke Regional Partnership for sharing this good news!


April is Fair Housing Month

April, 2016 marks the 48th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act prohibited housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap. Every April, REALTORS® celebrate Fair Housing Month to reaffirm their continuing commitment to fair and equitable treatment and a professional level of service for all in their search for real property.

Additional fair housing respurces are available from the National Association of REALTORS®

RVAR Endorses Candidates in Roanoke City & Salem
RVAR's Board of Directors has endorsed candidates in the upcoming elections for Roanoke City and Salem City Council races. Candidates in both jurisdictions participated in interviews with questions focused on economic development and regional cooperation, top priorities facing the two Cities, assets and challenges, area growth and their vision. Roanoke has 6 candidates running for three seats and Salem has four candidates vying for three seats. Each Council candidate will receive a $1,000 RPAC contribution to their individual campaigns.

The Board of Directors also endorsed Roanoke City Mayoral candidate, Sherman Lea.  Mr. Lea, who also participated in the interview process, is running unopposed.  Mr. Lea will receive a $500 RPAC contribution to his campaign, since he is running unopposed.

Roanoke City Mayor & Council Endorsed Candidates:

Sherman Lea         

Sherman Lea -               Mayoral Candidate   

  Michele DykstraMichelle Dykstra

 John Garland          John Garland

 Anita Price         Anita Price


Salem City Council Endorsed Candidates:

Mark Henrickson

 Mark Henrickson

Jane Johnson

        Jane Johnson

Bill Jones

         Bill Jones

Special thanks to RVAR's Governmental Affairs Committee and the members of the interview panels for their efforts to conduct interviews for these contested races.

If you live in either of these two Cities, please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 3rd!

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