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Roanoke Region Shows Strong Growth Indicators

Two new reports show that the Roanoke Region's economy continues its strong growth despite the still sluggish economy.

In a study conducted by Area Development, Roanoke fared well against other metros in the U.S. The Roanoke Region landed in the top 27 percent of the field, ranking 104 out of the 379 metro areas. Roanoke also ranked in the top third for economic strength indicators and for being a "recession-busting" city.

Commenting on the study, the Roanoke Regional Partnership predicts "the low cost of living, dynamic communities and high quality of life in the Roanoke Region will continue to put Roanoke at the top of metro areas for attracting business in 2014 and beyond."

In addition, the latest unemployment report saw the Roanoke metro area improve in April. Unemployment for April, 2014 was 4.8%, the lowest reading since December, 2008.

Bedford County Launches New GIS Website

Bedford County recently launched a new and improved public Geographic Information System (GIS). The GIS site is an interactive map which allows residents and professionals to view many layers of information, including tax, assessment, zoning, utilities, school, political, topography and public safety. The new site provides more searches and information, plus works with all Web browsers.

This new GIS site incorporates information from both Bedford County and the Town of Bedford, and replaces each of these localities' earlier GIS sites. The County plans to update the GIS site much more frequently than the quarterly data updates available with the older site.

Click here to check out the new GIS website.

New Blue Ridge Tourism Campaign Launched

The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau just launched an advertising campaign inviting visitors to the Blue Ridge Mountains to hike a trail, visit a gallery, eat, shop and spend time in the Roanoke region this summer and fall. Krogers, Black Dog Salvage, Texas Tavern and Six-Eleven Bicycle Co. are also contributing to this campaign, along with area hotels and attractions.

The campaign targets residents of Richmond, Hampton Roads and Raleigh-Durham. The campaign employs a new website , as well as radio and TV spots, social media and special promotions in Kroger stores.

As the largest metropolitan area in the Blue Ridge Mountain chain, the Region boasts a great collection of experiences for a metro mountain adventure. Check out this list of 75 reasons to visit Virginia's Blue Ridge.


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