Showcasing the investments and achievements of Roanoke County's existing business partners.
Business Partners Newsletter
            Grand Opening

Board Chairman Jason Peters

Presents County Tapestry

Friendship Health held their Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting on March 26th.

The 73,000 square foot facility will provide post-hospitalization and short-term inpatient rehabilitation services in physical therapy, speech/language pathology, and occupational therapy services. The facility will specialize in orthopedic, cardiac, and neuromuscular care.

The facility includes 120 private rooms and cost approximately $18.8 million to complete.  




Russ Barksdale, CEO & President of Friendship Retirement Community Cuts the Ribbon
Friendship Rehab South is seeking CNA's, LPN's, RN's, Team Leaders/ Nursing Managers, and physical, speech, and more.

To learn more about career opportunities and to apply for a job visit:

See Photo Gallery of the New Facility

Economic Development Making News...

Texas Roadhouse in SW Roanoke Co. to hire 160
people, open in June
Watch Channel 7 News Story
The opening will bring about 160 jobs with a mixture of fulltime and part-time positions. In May there will be a trailer on the worksite for people to apply for positions. 

Recent News...

       Roanoke County sells 2 former Vinton schools, former Cave Spring library

Waukeshaw Development takes on former William Byrd project in Vinton
Officials propose to add 25 miles of fiber BROADBAND to Roanoke County
Southern Trust Home Services relocates and expands

Roanoke-area legislators tout regional wins at chamber breakfast
Watch & Learn about the  Community Strategic Planning Process
Community Driven Strategic Planning Process Continues
The proces is engaging both community leaders and citizens to create a desired future for our community. The Community Strategic Plan will:
  • Develop a consistent vision that reflects the core values of our community,
  • Build consensus among the Board of Supervisors and citizens for the future strategic direction of Roanoke County,
  • Provide a framework for policies, operations, and service delivery decisions.
Go to to learn more about the strategic planning process.

Watch the strategic planning video along with other Roanoke County videos at

April 7 -  8 
A summit connecting and empowering  
young professionals (YP) to strengthen our community.

Evening Reception
Newcity in Blacksburg, Virginia
Thursday, April 7th
Time: 4 pm - 8 pm
(Address: 301 S. Main Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg, VA 24060)

Full Day Summit
Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia
Friday, April 8th
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
(Address: 110 Salem Avenue, SE Roanoke, VA 24011)


Video Highlights From Last Year's TechNite


TechNite 2016 | April 22 

Business Plan Contest
Awards Ceremony
Come See the Awards Winners!  

Saturday, April 23
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
FREE to Attend
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Last Year's - The Gauntlet Winners
At the end of January over 23 entrepreneurs began a 9 week training program which engaged them in business plan development, market research, operational detail and sales/marketing techniques.

The program culminates with judged presentations, business plan evaluations, and ultimately the GAUNTLET Business Competition awards event on April 23 2016.

This competition is believed to be the Roanoke Valley's largest business competition with more than $50,000 in awards ($40,000 in cash)!

Event Held at:
Vinton War Memorial
814 E. Washington Ave.
Vinton, VA 24179
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FREE Career Fair April 27
For More Information and to Register Contact:

Lisa Soltis

Marketing Workshop
April 28
Advance Registration is Required:
Call 540-772-2070
Workshops sponsored by Roanoke County Department of Economic Development 
the City of Roanoke Department of Economic Development

Virginia Business is accepting nominations for its annual CFO Awards. Nominate a top CFO today!


Roanoke County & The City of Roanoke are working together to bring you: 
Doing Business With The Commonwealth Workshop


Connect your business to Virginia's $6 billion government market. Learn how to run reports to identify agency targets, spend history, and to get registered to Sell to the Commonwealth!

South County Library
May 12 -  9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Incentivized Apprenticeship Program Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Workshop

Learn how your business can get Reimbursed for participating in the Virginia Registered Apprenticeship Program.

South County Library
May 18 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Entrepreneur Express 4 Hour Workshop
Learn the steps necessary to run an effective and efficient business in this 4 hour Intensive Workshop.
South County Library
June 9 - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
More Information to Follow.
South County Library is located at:  
6303 Merriman Rd
Cave Spring, VA 24018
Workshops sponsored by Roanoke County Department of Economic Development 
the City of Roanoke Department of Economic Development
Financial Incentives:
Energy Saving Programs for 
Appalachian Power Business Customers

The Appalachian Power Commercial and Industrial Program helps
non-residential customers implement energy efficiency projects through financial incentives to offset project costs.

Rebates are calculated based on $0.05/kWh saved annually, and are contingent on the review and acceptance of savings claims.

Energy-efficient projects including lighting and variable frequency drives are eligible for the rebates.

Todd Ewald, Outreach Specialist II
Appalachian Power Company's C&I Programs
Your Business & International Trade Missions
Face-to-face meetings are vital to international trade. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership International Trade (VEDP) helps Virginia companies meet potential customers and partners through participation in trade missions. These well-planned visits are business meetings set up on your behalf, with your input, to save you time and maximize your results. VEDP International Trade arranges these trips for several companies to travel together to meet with potential buyers or distributors that are pre-qualified, based on information you provide to meet your export market objectives.

Learn More: 

Join us on one or more of these business trips!

Department of Economic Development | Roanoke County, VA | (540) 772-2069 | Email | Website