Economic Development

Our mission is to foster stable economic growth in the City of Roanoke and provide continuous improvements to the quality of life for its citizens. Implementing innovative workforce and business retention, expansion and recruitment practices and promoting strategic asset developments city-wide will ensure our community and economy remain diverse and vibrant.
Economic Development Staff
Who We Are
The Department of Economic Development acts as a liaison to forge partnerships between business and government in Roanoke. Our staff is comprised of economic development professionals whose core functions include:
  • Business retention and expansion including a variety of incentives and programs
  • Engaging the community to both enhance and attract a creative and innovative workforce
  • Liaison with other organizations engaged in workforce development and training
  • Entrepreneurial development
  • Facilitation of commercial and industrial development through business attraction
  • Support to the Economic Development Authority and Roanoke Arts Commission
For additional information please contact the Director of Economic Development, Wayne Bowers or Administrative Assistant, Melissa Murray.

Additional Information
The Department of Economic Development acts as a liaison and a resource to the many facets that influence our constantly evolving economy. Through our rigorous business visitation programs (BIZVIZ and BIZBREAK) we engage with the entire spectrum of the business community to keep informed of real conditions affecting stability and growth.

We provide ongoing customized assistance to our businesses and keep them informed of city and state benefits for which they may be eligible. Also, since growing businesses need a growing and well trained workforce, the department provides Career and Lifestyle Fairs where job-seekers can meet with prospective employers. .