Business Partners Newsletter
September 2016: Volume 16, No. 9
The E-newsletter of the Roanoke County Economic Development Department is designed to showcase the investments and achievements of our existing business partners. For additional information about doing business in Roanoke County, visit our website .
Explore Park Master Plan
Roanoke County has completed a twelve month master plan process for the Explore Park Adventure Plan. We're thankful for the residents and stakeholders who contributed to the Adventure Plan and shared their ideas through community meetings, focus groups, interviews, and surveys. 

We envision Explore Park as the starting place for individuals and families seeking adventure and enrichment in the outdoors. Our focus will be expanding recreation opportunities such as hiking/biking trails, river access, overnight camping and educational programs based on the park's unique environmental and cultural history - all while preserving the park's natural beauty. 

The Adventure Plan encompasses many diverse active and passive recreational opportunities for residents and tourists that will be new to Explore Park and Southwest Virginia. Implementation of the Explore Park Adventure Plan will depend on public and private partnerships to help Roanoke County develop the park in multiple phases over the next 20 years. It includes a business and phasing plan to guide this effort. 

For more information or to view the full master plan please visit

Your Business Property Search Starts Now
Whether you are a manufacturer, call center, or IT firm,  Roanoke County has the right property for your business. Check out some of the unique opportunities available in Roanoke County right now. Please contact us for more information on finding a property that meets your business needs!
Roanoke County Links
General Inquires
P: 540-772-2069
F: 540-772-2030

Economic Development
5204 Bernard Drive, SW
Room 421
PO Box 29800
Roanoke, VA 24018

Jill Loope

Administrative Assistant

To design and implement innovative economic development programs and services that leverage community assets, create wealth and prosperity, and embrace the region's  
Join Us for the 419 Kick-Off Visioning Event September 15

September Roanoke-Blacksburg Tech Council Events

International Trade Export Compliance Seminar

Export Compliance Seminar

September 15, 2016 from 8:30am to 11:30am at the Hotel Roanoke

Join us for a morning of education and networking. This seminar will
discuss the challenges and opportunities stemming from export control
reform, how that could impact your business, and the nuances of moving
your products through the shipping process.

Rick Phipps - Director of Export Compliance, Commonwealth Trading Partners
James Loux - President, Allegheny Logistics Group

Date, Time & Location
September 15, 2016
8:300AM - 11:30AM
Hotel Roanoke - 110 Shenandoah Avenue NE - Roanoke, VA

There's no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required!
Breakfast provided

To register:

If you have any questions, please contact:
Roger Porter , International Trade Manager
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
220 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, Virginia 24153
Tel (540) 387-2562; Cell (540) 588-6820

Congratulations to Katharine Claytor!
Congratulations to  Katharine Claytor , vice president of human resources at Delta Dental of Virginia, on being named one of the 100 Most Influential Global HR Professionals sponsored by Times Ascent and CHRO Asia.

Appalachian Power Lunch & Learn - Sept. 29th

Appalachian Power Commercial & Industrial Program Lunch and Learn!

September 29, 2016
South County Library, Auditorium
6303 Merriman Road
Roanoke, VA 24018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Appalachian Power will host a "Lunch & Learn" event to provide information and answer questions about  Appalachian Power's Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Program  and the rebates available for energy efficiency upgrades to (1) Lighting - indoor and outdoor and (2) VFDs on HVAC pumps.**
Lunch will be provided by Appalachian Power
The workshop is FREE but advance registration is required. *
To register, please contact Jessica Fintel by phone at 540.772.2069
*Limit of one attendee per company.
**Facilities  having a peak electrical demand of more than 10,000 KW during the past 3 calendar years or served under Public Authority or Commonwealth of Virginia tariffs are not eligible.
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Check out the Vinton History Museum Yard Sale Sept. 17
Vinton History Museum Fundraiser Yard Sale

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:00 a.m.
Vinton History Museum
210 E. Jackson Avenue, Vinton VA

The museum needs your help! To have a successful fundraiser sale, they need donations of good, saleable items. No clothing except gently used children's clothing, please!

You may bring the items to the museum - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items will be stored in the museum garage until the sale date.

Also, the museum is looking for volunteers to help with the sale on September 17th. Please call the museum if you can help with this worthwhile fundraiser, or to obtain more information: (540) 342-8634

For the latest information visit the Vinton History Museum Facebook Page.

Free Business Workshops October 12 and November 14

Roanoke County, the City of Roanoke, and the Town of Vinton are working together to bring you:

7 Simple Strategies to go from Bah Humbug to BOOM
Learn about holiday sales strategies that will ensure you will have a profitable holiday season.

Topics will include:

  - How to Educate Your Community

  - How to Create an Overall Strategy

  - How to Dress Up Your Windows

  - Merchandising for the Holiday


  - Customer Service Tips

  - How to Market Your Brand

  - How to Personalize the Shopping Experience

October 12, 2016
Vinton War Memorial
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Entrepreneur Express
Hosted during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Entrepreneur Express connects small business owners and entrepreneurs with programs and resources to help move their plans forward. The program includes interactive discussions and exercises covering key elements of business practices and will be presented by Virginia's small business support partners.

November 14, 2016
Vinton War Memorial
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

More Information to Follow.
Vinton War Memorial is located at:  
814 E. Washington Avenue
Vinton, VA 24179
Workshops sponsored by Roanoke County Department of Economic Development 
the City of Roanoke Department of Economic Development
and the Town of Vinton Department of Economic Development

Save the Date
Roanoke County Recognized for High Quality of Life
E-Magazine (See Page 78)
Whether a business is expanding, downsizing or a startup, locations that possess amenities, in  abundance, often find their way onto site selectors' short list. Trade and Industry Development magazine has gathered a "short list" of locations that may just offer the perfect blend of business and pleasure site selectors are seeking in their most recent issue and Roanoke County is on the list!

To see the Roanoke County Quality of Life feature, explore the electronic version of Trade and Industry Development magazine (page 78). Also, don't miss the Roanoke County feature ad on the inside cover!

Educational Partnerships in Action at Catawba Sustainability Center

Lord Botetourt High School students harvest potatoes at the 
Catawba Sustainability Center . The Center puts great emphasis on hands on experiential learning and educational partnerships, providing students of all ages with a setting to learn about agricultural practices including how to grow and harvest their own food.

This 377-acre Virginia Tech property is a collaboration with Virginia Co-operative Extension and Roanoke County to showcase innovative land-management practices that create environmental stewardship and advance economic development initiatives; and lend support to new agriculture and natural-resource businesses.

Learn more:  WebsiteFacebook
Branding Virginia's Blue Ridge

The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors officially adopted the Virginia's Blue Ridge brand realizing the importance of uniting the area under one regional brand used to promote tourism as well as economic development.  Local tourism-related statistics have been on the rise for the past five years with more people visiting, staying overnight and spending money in the region.  Tourism is BIG business.  Visitors to Virginia's Blue Ridge generated more than $784 million in 2014.  Go to the Branding Tool Kit for ways to integrate usage of the new brand.

Want Financial Assistance for Your Next International Trade Show?
Governor McAuliffe Announces Launch of International Trade Show Assistance Program 

~Program to help Virginia companies exhibit at international trade shows~
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the launch of the Virginia Trade Show Assistance Program, administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's (VEDP) International Trade Division. In this program, companies can apply for assistance to purchase their own booth at a trade show that is relevant to their unique product, service or industry.

Read the press release.
Learn more about International Trade Show Assistance Program.
Roland E. Cook Elementary on National Register

We are pleased to announce that the National Park Service (NPS) has officially listed the Former Roland E. Cook Elementary School building in Vinton on the  National Register of Historic Places . It was a lengthy review and approval process over the past year. The designation will allow the developers to utilize tax credits to redevelop the property into apartments as planned.
In March 2016, the former Roland E. Cook  Elementary School was added to the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. 

Nominations Open for the Roanoke Valley Livability Awards
The Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley announces the first annual Livability Awards.These awards have been established to honor the people and projects of the region that contribute to raising the quality of life for residents now - and in the future. 
Learn more.

Submission deadline is September 15, 2016.
Virginia Trade Mission to India - Registration Open

Be part of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's Trade Mission to India and enjoy private, one-on-one meetings with prospective customers and partners. These well-planned visits are business me etings set up on your behalf, with your input, to save you time and maximize your results.

When: February 6-10, 2017

Registration Cutoff : Friday, December 9, 2017

Registration Fee: $2,500* (per company)
*Does not include airfare, lodging, and meals.

Feedback Consulting, Mr. Kiran Shetty will be available for one-on-one meetings during the week of the Virginia Conference on World Trade October 3-7, 2016.

Top Opportunities: Agribusiness, Civil Aviation, Corrosion Control, Defense, Education Services, Environment and Water, Healthcare and Medical Equipment,  Infrastructure/ Smart Cities, Mining and Mineral Processing Equipment, Supply Chain Management, Power and Renewable Energy

Did You Know?
Plastics One makes over 5,000 products for medical, high-end audio, and research applications in addition to many others. The company has been in business for over 67 years. Want to learn more? Visit
Roanoke County Business On RVTV
This program airs   every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and every Friday at 6:00 p.m. on RVTV Channel 3, beginning  the first week of August through the last week of October 2016.

This episode of the Roanoke County Business Partners television show highlights opportunities to participate in community strategic planning, as well as opportunities for employment, investment, and business assistance.