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Roanoke Named a Best Small City on the Rise

The Roanoke Region landed on another Top Ten list last month. The travel site SmarterTravel.com named Roanoke, Virginia as one of "America's Best Small Cities on the Rise ."

The site cited Roanoke's revitalized downtown area as one reason for its ranking. The new Elmwood Park amphitheater, pedestrian plaza at the City Market and Center in the Square were all named as factors as well. The outdoors was also a significant reason for Roanoke's recognition.

Roanoke joined cities such as Chattanooga, TN, Greenville, SC, Asheville, NC and Traverse City, MI. Thanks to the Roanoke Regional Partnership for sharing the good news!

 
Roanoke County Wins Digital Government Award

Roanoke County received first place in the 2014 Digital Counties Survey Award, in the category for populations up to 150,000. The award was presented earlier this month by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.

The award cited Roanoke County's use of digital projects such as its new Geographic Information System portal and use of data-driven crime prevention. Four other Virginia counties placed in the top 10 including Franklin County seventh place and Montgomery County tenth place.

 
Majority of Home Owners Planning to Renovate

Sixty-seven percent of consumers say they're planning a home renovation within the next six months, according to Realtor.com's Home Improvement Survey of more than 1,500 home owners. They're planning to spend more money on their renovations than last year, the survey found.

Survey respondents indicated that these are the most popular areas of the home to renovate: the kitchen (61%), bathrooms (59%), backyards or patios (33%) and the exterior of the home (32%).

The most popular reasons for the planned home improvements:

  • To improve the aesthetics and/or enjoyment of the home (32%)
  • In preparation for putting house on the market (22%)
  • Recently purchased a home needing renovations (19%)
  • To improve the value of the home (11%)
 
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