In 2018, the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) adopted the Regional Study on Transportation Project Prioritization for Economic Development and Growth (TED Study). That effort was successful in that many of the goals and projects in that plan have already been addressed. As part of updating the TED Study as it relates to the development of 2045 Roanoke Valley Long-Range Transportation Plan, the RVTPO staff is gathering input from economic development and business stakeholders to prioritize current and anticipated transportation needs that when addressed will better support existing businesses and grow the region’s economy.
Staff met with the Economic Development Stakeholders group (a mix of local ED staff and business reps) on October 1st and December 3rd. An online survey was completed in November and results were reviewed by the group at its December meeting. Staff also met with individual stakeholders in one-on-one meetings allowing them to provide additional input about transportation needs and began a discussion of how the needs should be categorized.
Staff also gave a brief update to the RVARC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee at its December meeting and plan on keeping them in the loop since many of the projects in the CEDS document are transportation related.
The Economic Development Stakeholders group will meet one more time in February to make sure that no major transportation needs were missed and that all needs were identified and understood prior to updating the RVTPO and Transportation Technical Committee (TTC). Group members will be asked to select their top 10 needs from the list by next Tuesday (March 2). This will be helpful to inform the TTC of the importance of the economic development related items.
Once the group has reviewed the needs we will forward them to the TTC for their March 11th meeting. The TTC will then begin their review of the economic development related needs along with the needs that have been identified for the Roanoke Valley Long Range Transportation Plan. We anticipate that the TTC will identify 5-10 projects to address the priority economic development related needs by April.