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May 16

Technology and Innovation in the Valley

Posted to City Manager's Blog by Carol Corbin

Technology and Innovation in the Valley

This week the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council will conduct its annual TechNite, which among other activities, celebrates the leaders shaping technology and innovation in our region.  RBTC was established in 1998 to be a catalyst for innovation and technology in our region, seeking to educate, inform, grow, and unite the region’s growing technology community. They seek to better the technology industry by actively connecting and enabling the community, by supporting our region’s technology companies, and by actively pursuing positive changes in our community.  RBTC is itself part of a larger innovative ecosystem, VERGE, established in 2020 as the region’s front door for innovators, founders, and funders to connect a growing roster of companies – both startups and established – with resources to grow and thrive.  The City of Roanoke through its Innovation Corridor has long been a supporter and collaborator in these efforts.


At TechNite, awards will be announced in each of the following categories:

  • STEM-H Educator
  • Rising Star
  • Innovator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Regional Leadership
  • Leading Technology Company 

The evening will also include selection of an induction into the RBTC Hall of Fame, an honor that has in the past acknowledged the contributions of such notable leaders as Doug Juanarena, Russ Ellis, Mary Miller and many others.

 The Future Economy

Innovation and Technology are key to the economic success of our region and the City of Roanoke. Further evidence of this is a visit this week by the Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.  The Secretary will be joined by Heywood Fralin in a discussion of how science and innovation are poised to accelerate Virginia’s economy- locally and throughout the Commonwealth.

These events and their participants are continued evidence of the significance of technology and innovation in our area and the role it has and will continue to play in the vitality of our local economy.  

 -- Bob Cowell

May 18

Roanoke Recap May 18, 2022

Posted to Roanoke Recap by Carol Corbin

Congratulations to the 24th Leadership College Graduation class!

Roanoke’s Leadership College has been designed to engage citizens in a series of interactive and engaging discussions and activities, which enables participants to enhance their knowledge of the city and how the city operates. Participants explore issues that impact their quality of life as well as that of each and every resident of the city. The interactive programs assist participants in collaborating with neighborhood organizations, community and business leaders, city officials, and city staff to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood and promote a stronger sense of belonging and community. Building upon their knowledge, skills, and commitment, participants of the Leadership College will begin to transform their neighborhood, and ultimately our city.

These 19 graduates took the time out of their busy days to learn about their government, to become resources of information to their neighbors, and hopefully to become more involved in the city in which they live. They heard from City Council about the vision and future of our city; personally, met the Directors and Managers of each city department, learning about the services they provide and how to access those services.  They also had an opportunity to interact with neighbors from across our city who otherwise they might not have had the opportunity to do so.

 Leadership College

Pictured-Adam Jackson, Adam Tate, Akouete Yemey, Alyshia Merchant, Ben Crew, Cynthia Vineyard-Brown, Dawn Erdman, Evan Maxey, Jamaal Jackson, Jay Finkle, Kathy Cohen, Lorena Wilson, Nicole Ross, Peg McGuire, Ryan Bell, Sunni Purviance, Tina Dillow, Wayne Farley. 

 For those interested Leadership College is held annually and is free. More information is available online at and search Leadership College.

Parks and Recreation to Hold Court Dedication, Basketball Tournament Honoring Ricky Renell Wright

On Friday, May 20, 2022, Roanoke Parks and Recreation (PLAY Roanoke) will hold a dedication ceremony at Washington Park honoring the late Ricky Renell Wright. At 4 p.m., City dignitaries, Department staff, and friends and family of Wright will gather to celebrate the naming of the new basketball courts in his honor. Immediately after, a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament will take place. These events are free to the community to participate in and attend, and they are part of the Star City Safe Initiative to offer expanded services and access to public facilities to keep our youth and neighborhoods safe through programming and engagement.


Roanoke City Sheriff's Office Fundraising Events for Special Olympics Virginia
Special Olympics VA

May 25, 2022, from 11 AM to 1 PM, the Sheriff’s Office will be having a hot dog sale on the corner of 3rd Street and Campbell Avenue. Enjoy a lunch of 2 hot dogs, a bag of chips, and a drink for $5.

All proceeds and donations received will benefit Special Olympics Virginia.

It's National Public Works Week!

Here at The City of Roanoke, we want to celebrate our team who keep the city moving behind the scenes. We are talking about Transportation, Solid Waste Management, Stormwater, Environmental Management, and many others! Our public works team is always ready to serve. Thank you, public works heroes, for improving our quality of life here in The City of Roanoke!

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Roanoke Stormwater Annual Cleanup

Thursday, May 12, Roanoke Stormwater conducted their annual spring cleanup at several locations along Peters Creek and Lick Run. They removed 32,000 pounds of trash & debris, including 17 tires, several shopping carts, and other bulky items. This also happens to be the weight of 5 Rhinos or 32 Grand Pianos!!! Many thanks to our amazing Stormwater staff members, who are passionate about keeping our waterways clear.

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