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Read the Commission's annual report. Learn about awards presented to the Regional Commission and RIDE Solutions. Receive updates on the RVTPO technical assistance grant.
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Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
2016-17 Annual Report Released
The Regional Commission is pleased to present its 2016-17 Annual Report. Read how the Commission works to improve our region in the areas of economic/community development, rural and urban transportation, the environment and more.
The Report was distributed at the Commission's 48th Annual Dinner held on October 26, 2017 at Ballast Point Brewing Company in Daleville, Virginia.  

Copies of the report are available at the Commission office or can be found online  HERE
RIDE Solutions Receives National Award
In October, the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) awarded RIDE Solutions their second annual Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Excellence Award for Small Government at their national forum in Las Vegas. The award recognizes the small government that exemplifies commitment to TDM strategies in order to improve the quality of life, promote greater livability, and enhance economic growth.
RIDE Solutions runs many innovative programs. These programs include but are not limited to;

RVTPO Awarded Technical Assistance Grant
The Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) recently received a technical assistance grant from Transportation For America to incorporate performance measures into transportation planning.

At the same time, the RVTPO hired Economic Development Research Group, Inc. (EDR) to identify 5-10 critical regional transportation projects that will promote the region's economy. The Regional Study on Transportation Project Prioritization for Economic Development and Growth steering committee directs both efforts.
Art By Bus Program Highlighted In 2017 NADO Photo Contest
The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is happy to announce that a photo submitted to the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) was chosen as the winner of NADO's 2017 photo contest under the category "Building Vibrant Places".

The winning photo, taken in March of 2017, highlights RIDE Solutions' Art by Bus program, which brings together the visual, performing, and written arts and puts them on the Roanoke Valley's public transportation system.

"By connecting arts and transit, RIDE Solutions hopes to make riding the bus more attractive, and shows the important connections that public transportation has in our community. In this photo, Lucy de los Rios (left) and Jordan Peery (right) of the local band Another RoadSide Attraction perform during an afternoon Star Line Series show." said RIDE Solutions Director Jeremy Holmes.
Regional Commission Receives NADO Innovation Award
The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission received a 2017 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Where the Sidewalk Ends: RIDE Solutions Mobility Tour. RIDE Solutions developed this activity in 2016. The tour was conceived as a way for newcomers to the Roanoke Valley to get to know our community better, and for planners and community leaders to understand the various real-life opportunities and obstacles that transportation infrastructure and information create.

"We hope participants, directly through the field activity and through the discussion with other participants it inspires afterwards, come away with a better understanding of how a community fits together, how the average person might navigate their community without a car, and the diversity of users and needs that they might need to plan for." said RIDE Solutions Director Jeremy Holmes.
Ongoing Projects
The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is always working with localities on projects that benefit the region. Some of these projects are listed below.

  • Vision 2040: Roanoke Valley Transportation (Approved in September)
  • Craig County Comprehensive Plan Update
  • Alleghany County Wrightsville Neighborhood CDBG Planning Grant
  • Alleghany Highlands Broadband Planning Effort
  • Rural Transit Study
  • U.S. Bike Route 76 Study
  • Providing data for the City of Roanoke Comprehensive Plan
  • Working with Franklin County on "Aging in Place" issues
  • Working with local governments, tourism organizations, and the private sector on a promotional campaign for the Roanoke River Blueway
  • Assisting the Greenway Commission on completing an update of the Regional Greenway Plan
  • Working with the regional local foods partners to examine "Food Hub" needs in the region

For more information on ongoing projects contact  Tim Pohlad-Thomas  or visit  RVARC.org .