Roanoke, VA – The city’s Department of Economic Development launched its new website, www.bizroanoke.com today, Feb. 1. The site reflects a wealth of economic development information for the City of Roanoke with its purpose being to make the content available to local businesspersons, entrepreneurs, site selectors, prospective businesses and individuals who are just curious about Roanoke in a more user-friendly and marketing-oriented format.
Populated with up-to-date images, a clean, sleek look and ease of navigation, the new website offers pages listing available properties, a media center, news and events, videos and assistance to those looking to start, locate or expand their business to the City of Roanoke.
“This new website will serve as an important tool to individuals and businesses seeking economic development information about Roanoke including how to conduct business in Roanoke, data and demographics, and available resources,” states Wayne Bowers, Director, City of Roanoke Department of Economic Development. “We appreciate AEP and the EDA providing grants that have made this essential economic development resource a reality.”
The new website was made possible by the AEP Appalachian Power Economic Development Growth Enhancement (EDGE) grant program administered by John Smolak, Economic and Business Development Director for AEP, and the City of Roanoke Economic Development Authority, a seven-member Industrial Development Authority existing under the Virginia Industrial Development and Revenue Bond Act, who serves the business community. The funds were awarded to support marketing and promotion efforts of the City of Roanoke Economic Development Department.
The Department of Economic Development acts as a liaison to forge partnerships between business and government in Roanoke. The mission of the organization 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 to ensure the community and economy remain diverse and vibrant are priorities of the department.
For more information, Contact Lisa Soltis, economic development specialist, at 853-1694 or [email protected].