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ICYMI: State of the City Address

City of Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea delivered his annual State of the City address on August 25th to a packed ballroom at the Hotel Roanoke.  Mayor Lea touted Roanoke’s accomplishments and provided a look to the upward trajectory of the city and region. We always appreciate our partnership with the city in conducting this event and the valuable information shared with our membership. If you missed the event, you can watch a recording by clicking this link

McAfee Knob Trailhead Shuttle Service

Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will soon be able to take a shuttle to the McAfee Knob trailhead!  Starting September 2 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the shuttle will depart every 30 minutes from the I-81 Exit 140 Park and Ride in Salem.

For more scheduling information and to reserve your fare, click here.

Business Leadership Fund Annual Fundraiser

The Business Leadership Fund (BLF) is a political action committee administered by the Chamber which seeks to promote pro-business, pro-economic development, and pro-regionalism candidates to local office in our area.  Join business leaders, elected officials, and candidates on September 15th at Center in the Square for a fun evening of networking, beverages, and food provided by Mission BBQ!  

Time is running out to register so if you’d like to attend, click the link below today!

Register Now!
New License Plate to Benefit Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway needs your help! You and your friends, family, and neighbors in Virginia can protect the Parkway with a fresh and attractive new license plate that features the scenic beauty of the national park unit. It's the only specialty license plate in the commonwealth dedicated to supporting projects and programs on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Help support the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and order your license plate today!
Pre-order Your Plate Here!
Become a V3 Employer!
We are often asked by employers on how to seek veterans for employment. One of the best ways to do so is by becoming a V3 employer!

There are over 700,000 veterans residing in Virginia, and many are highly trained with desired skills spanning a multitude of disciplines. Learn more about the program by clicking here, and submit your application for free here!
In the News


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Youngkin wants to shield road contractors from being 'crushed' by inflation


Lea in State of City address: Challenges don't define Roanoke's identity

Virginia's community colleges announce new initiative to address worker shortage

Montgomery County, Christiansburg appoint rail authority members

Building boost: As school year starts, region has more state support

Rise of electric vehicles leaves Roanoke Valley company newly energized

Roanoke's Belmont Baptist Church sold, to become affordable apartments

Franklin County coworking space creates community

Va. Tech extends president’s contract through 2027

Editorial: Access and responsiveness shape economic development vision


Terry Durkin
Vice President of Public Policy
 Roanoke Regional Chamber