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2015 Marks Banner Year for Tourism in VA’s Blue Ridge

2015 Marks Banner Year for Tourism in VA’s Blue Ridge

2015 Marks 6th Consecutive Year of Record Growth Virginia’s Blue Ridge lodging properties experienced a record 9.4% increase in room revenue during calendar 2015, according to STR, Inc. The report also indicated that hotel room revenue totaled $99,778,880 or an increase of $8,569,967 over 2014. These same lodging properties sold a RECORD 1,178,771 rooms, an increase […]

Conte to Join Carilion Clinic as General Counsel

Conte to Join Carilion Clinic as General Counsel

Long-time Woods Rogers’ attorney Nick Conte will join Carilion Clinic’s legal team as General Counsel and Senior Vice President in March. “We conducted a professional search with dozens of highly qualified national candidates and found Nick to be the clear choice.” said Nancy Howell Agee, Carilion Clinic President and CEO. “His genuine community spirit combined […]

Randolph To Chair Roanoke Regional Chamber

Randolph To Chair Roanoke Regional Chamber

The Roanoke Regional Chamber, Western Virginia’s largest business organization, has elected officers and directors for 2016. Ken Randolph, president of Rockydale Quarries Corp., has been elected chair. Other officers are: F.B. Webster Day, Spilman Thomas & Battle, past-chair; Nathan Kerr, Scott Insurance, chair-elect; Mark Hudzik, Member One Credit Union, vice chair of public policy; Todd […]

Two New Farm Service Workers Begin Serving Roanoke Region

Two New Farm Service Workers Begin Serving Roanoke Region

Farmers in the Roanoke Valley are getting to know new faces with the US Department of Agriculture.  Recently, two new employees have joined the Farm Service Agency staff at the USDA Service Center in Bonsack. The Farm Service Agency, (FSA) carries out the farm level tasks put in place by the US Farm Bill and […]

Nelson Calls for Rosen to Step Down From CTB

Nelson Calls for Rosen to Step Down From CTB

Steve Nelson ran an unsuccessful campaign for State Senate in the 19th District as an independent candidate, with improvements to US-220 between Roanoke and Greensboro his major campaign plank. Nelson, a conservative who ran in large part, he says, because he was unhappy with the way retiring incumbent Ralph Smith opted not to run just […]

Agee to Receive Doctor of Humane Letters From JCHS

Agee to Receive Doctor of Humane Letters From JCHS

Jefferson College of Health Sciences will present Carilion Clinic President and CEO Nancy Howell Agee with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the institution’s Winter Commencement Ceremony on Friday, December 11, 2015, beginning at 10 a.m. at in the Special Events Center at the Berglund Center. Only one other individual has been given an […]

Unemployment Rate Declines in Virginia 

Unemployment Rate Declines in Virginia 

September was the 18th consecutive month of year over year employment growth Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points in September to 4.3 percent, the third consecutive monthly decline. At 4.3 percent, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at its lowest level since September 2008 when it was also 4.3 percent. Virginia’s seasonally […]

Roanoke Regional Chamber Names VP of Public Policy & Strategic Issues

Roanoke Regional Chamber Names VP of Public Policy & Strategic Issues

Joshua Baumgartner has joined the staff of the Roanoke Regional Chamber as vice president of public policy and strategic issues. In his position, Baumgartner manages the Chamber’s public policy division and represents the Chamber and its members at the local, state and federal levels on issues and policies impacting the regional business community.  Baumgartner, who […]

Star Tank Returns to Provide Resources and Opportunity to Local Entrepreneurs

Star Tank Returns to Provide Resources and Opportunity to Local Entrepreneurs

The room falls silent. Nearly two dozen local ‘sharks’ of business direct their attention to the front of the room, where an intrepid entrepreneur prepares to make what could be the most important business pitch of his or her life. Not everyone is ready for that kind of pressure and opportunity, but Drew Arney and […]

United Way Moves Forward Despite Recent Roanoke County Dustup

United Way Moves Forward Despite Recent Roanoke County Dustup

As United Way of Roanoke Valley prepared recently to honor the 50 most generous corporate donors to its most recent annual campaign, President and CEO Afira DeVries said the controversy stirred up by comments from a Roanoke County supervisor have not been a setback. Hollins district supervisor Al Bedrosian has said repeatedly from the podium […]



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