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Posted on: April 16, 2021

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to Meet in April

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will conduct a virtual meeting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 5:30-7 p.m., via Zoom.  This meeting, as always, is open to the public. If you are interested in attending, click this link to participate on Zoom....

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 15, 2021

Citizens May Participate in April 19 City Council Sessions By Phone, Email

Due to the recent increase and severity in COVID-19 cases in the City of Roanoke, out of an abundance of caution, the Roanoke City Council has determined that temporary changes are necessary for the upcoming 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. sessions on April 19, 2021. &...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Roanoke Parks and Recreation to Seek Citizen Input on Facility Improvements

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Roanoke’s Parks and Recreation Department is asking residents to help reimagine recreation facilities in the City. On Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m., the Department will host a virtual community meeting regarding outdated recreation facilities to...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 12, 2021

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting in April

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 8:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURSUANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CODE OF VIRG...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Gun Violence Prevention Commission to Meet on April 13

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., the City of Roanoke will host the first meeting of the Gun Violence Prevention Commission. The agenda can be found here. The meeting will be hosted via Zoom. The public may view the meeting "live" on the...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 8, 2021

City to Observe National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2021

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The City of Roanoke will celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 11-17, to honor the men and women who serve as public safety communications officers in its E-911 Center.  The City will recognize its dispatchers with variou...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 6, 2021

City Announces 2021 Neighborhood Partnership Awards Winners

At the April 5, 2021 City Council meeting, City officials recognized the winners of the 2021 Neighborhood Partnership Awards Program, honoring the outstanding contributions, excellence, and accomplishments achieved by neighborhood organizations and civic ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: April 2, 2021

Citizens May Participate in April 5 City Council Session By Phone, Email

Due to the recent increase and severity in COVID-19 cases in the City of Roanoke, out of an abundance of caution, the Roanoke City Council has determined that temporary changes are necessary for the upcoming sessions on April 5, 2021.  Roanoke Ci...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 31, 2021

City Partners with Local Agencies to Bring Awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month

The City of Roanoke’s Human/Social Services Department is partnering with Children's Trust, Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare, Total Action for Progress (TAP), Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, and the Virginia Coalition for Child Abuse Prev...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 29, 2021

Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board to Meet April 1

The Roanoke Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board will meet virtually via Zoom on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.  The public may view the meeting live on the City's Facebook Page or watch a recording of the meeting later on the Ci...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 25, 2021

Johnson Hired as Neighborhood Services Coordinator

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The Office of Community Engagement announces that Josh Johnson will fill the position of Neighborhood Services Coordinator, effective March 25, 2021. His selection was the result of an extensive search that resulted in 32 applicants for the position. Josh...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 18, 2021

City of Roanoke Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board to Hold Special Meeting

DEFINING EQUITY

Roanoke will not reach its full potential as a community unless each citizen has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Equity involves the fair distribution of investments and services and the removal of institutional or structural...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Statement from the Office of Mayor Sherman P. Lea, Sr.

Statement from the Office of Mayor Sherman P. Lea, Sr. Wednesday, March 17, 2021

This morning I learned of a situation that occurred overnight in the Atlanta, Georgia: A series of shootings killing eight people, some of whom were of Asian descent. These dea...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Bank On Wellness Series Continues

Bank On Roanoke Valley announces the next round of its Bank On Financial Wellness Series beginning in April 2021. In this series, Bank On Roanoke Valley rewards hard work and commitment through perks that are tailored to each participant’s self-...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 16, 2021

City Council Adopts Changes to City Code Regarding Parking

PARK Roanoke wishes to bring attention to the fact that there have been recent changes to the City Code of Roanoke-Parking. These changes were adopted by Roanoke City Council on March 15, 2021, and go into effect on April 1, 2021. 

Sec. 20-67. - P...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting in March

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 8:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURSUANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CODE OF VIRG...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Police Department Invites Community Input

The Roanoke Police Department wants to hear from its community partners. The Department is committed to providing excellent service, whether it is on a call for service or at a community meeting. By participating in this survey, you can help us better und...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 11, 2021

Citizens May Participate in March 15 City Council Sessions By Phone, Email

Due to the recent increase and severity in COVID-19 cases in the City of Roanoke, out of an abundance of caution, the Roanoke City Council has determined that temporary changes are necessary for the upcoming 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. sessions on March 15, 2021. &...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 11, 2021

Notice of Remote Meeting of Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission

NOTICE OF REMOTE MEETING OF HOTEL ROANOKE

CONFERENCE CENTER COMMISSION

The Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission shall hold a meeting on March 24, 2021, at 1 p.m. by electronic means. Commissioners shall participate from various remote locations via vi...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 10, 2021

Artists Needed for Melrose-Orange Bus Shelters

The City of Roanoke seeks artists to provide permanent works of art to be incorporated into four new bus shelters in the Melrose-Orange Target Area (MOTA). Proposals are due by 2 p.m. on April 12, 2021.  In partnership with Valley Metro, the City...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 10, 2021

City to Hold March Budget Development Webinar

The City of Roanoke will conduct a series of Zoom webinars to share information with citizens about its annual Budget Development. Webinars will be conducted monthly through April, based upon the content of the presentations to City Council at their month...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 9, 2021

City, RCAHD Collaborate with International Partners to Promote COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 has affected Hispanic populations disproportionately in the United States and here in Roanoke. The City of Roanoke, along with other community partners, continue the pursuit of ways to inform specific portions of our community about the importanc...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Roanoke Libraries, Parks and Recreation Collaborate to Bring Story Walk to Roanoke

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Roanoke Public Libraries and Roanoke Parks and Recreation are excited to bring a traveling Story Walk to the citizens of Roanoke. A traveling Story Walk is a fun way for families to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Pages from a children's ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 1, 2021

City Partners with Freedom First to Bring CDBG-CV Grants to Local Microbusinesses

ln response to the economic hardships experienced by microbusinesses resulting from the COVlD-19 pandemic, the City of Roanoke, in partnership with Freedom First, has launched a small business relief grant program utilizing Community Development Block Gra...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: March 1, 2021

Stormwater Utility Launches Campaign to Reduce Cigarette Butt Litter Downtown

If it’s in the streets, it’s in our streams

Beginning March 1, 2021, the City of Roanoke’s Stormwater Utility will launch a campaign to address the reduction of cigarette butt waste in the Central Business District. This campa...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 25, 2021

City of Roanoke Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board to Conduct a Public Hearing March 4, 2021

The Roanoke Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board will virtually conduct a public hearing on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:30pm to receive comments from the community regarding the work of the Board.  The Board has been appointed by the City Counc...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Citizens May Participate in March 1 City Council Session By Phone, Email

Due to the recent increase and severity in COVID-19 cases in the City of Roanoke, out of an abundance of caution, the Roanoke City Council has determined that temporary changes are necessary for the upcoming sessions on March1, 2021.  Roanoke Cit...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Valley Metro Continues Snow Bus Routes on Friday Morning

Valley Metro continues snow bus routes this morning, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. However, all Valley Metro bus services will resume regular routes beginning at 10:15 a.m. today.  Smart Way and Smart Way Express have returned to their regular schedules...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

City Opens Online Applications for CARES Act Funding

Online applications are now open for the next round of CARES Act Funding in 2021, through the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program. Funds may be used to address homelessness, human services, or economic development initiatives directly associa...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Solid Waste Collection Suspended on Thursday, Feb. 18

Due to winter weather conditions, Solid Waste Collection for City residents will be suspended on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021.  Collection will resume on Friday, Feb. 19, as follows:

  • Wednesday’s trash, “A” week single-stre...
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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Curbside Services at Roanoke Public Library Branches Suspended on Thursday

Curbside services at all Roanoke Public Library branches throughout the City are suspended  today, Feb. 18, 2021, due to weather conditions. Curbside service will resume on Friday, Feb. 19, weather permitting.

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

City of Roanoke Municipal Offices Closed on Thursday Due to Weather

City of Roanoke Municipal Facilities will be closed, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, due to inclement weather.  The City will use its website and MyRoanoke email notification system to share any updates on its response to winter weather events, as well ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Valley Metro to Suspend Smart Way Services, Operate on Snow Routes Due to Weather Forecast

In anticipation of the winter storm forecasted for the service area, Valley Metro has announced the Smart Way Commuter and Smart Way Express services will be suspended for Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Amtrak connections via the Smart Way Commuter are also sus...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

NWS Announces Winter Storm Watch for Roanoke

The National Weather Service has announced the City of Roanoke is under a Winter Storm Watch, which is in effect from late Wednesday night through Thursday evening. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of 1/4" to 1/2" ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

City of Roanoke to Host 'Roanoke Valley Saves Week' as Part of 'America Saves Week 2021'

Promoting automatic savings to help people reach their financial goals

As part of "America Saves Week 2021," scheduled for Feb. 22–26, the City of Roanoke is encouraging the Roanoke Valley community to take a moment to focus on the impo...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting in February

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 8:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURSUANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CODE OF V...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

Citizens May Participate in Feb. 16 City Council Sessions By Phone, Email

Due to the recent increase and severity in COVID-19 cases in the City of Roanoke, out of an abundance of caution, the Roanoke City Council has determined that temporary changes are necessary for the upcoming 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. sessions on Feb. 16, 2021. &a...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board Seeks Committee Members

Roanoke City Council established the Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board to advance the City's efforts to promote equity and empower its residents. The work of the Board is guided by provisions of Roanoke’s Comprehensive Plan, City Pl...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 9, 2021

City Launches Crystal Spring EBranch

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On Monday, Feb. 8, the City of Roanoke held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Crystal Spring EBranch. Located at 229 Crystal Spring Ave., the EBranch is Roanoke's first 24-hour, 7-day-a-week library. This new library service point is the culm...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes for Presidents Day Week

City offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, for the Presidents Day holiday.   As a result, the following schedule will be in effect for collection of trash, bulk, brush, and “A” week single-stream recycling during th...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Defined Contribution Board of the City of Roanoke to Hold Quarterly Meeting

The Defined Contribution Board, as appointed by City Council and established under Chapter 22.3, Section 22.3-78 of City Code, which administers the defined contribution plan components of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan and the City’s IRC &...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: February 4, 2021

Blue Hills Communications Center Earns APWA Recognition

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The City of Roanoke and VA811 announce that the American Public Works Association (APWA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter has selected the Blue Hills Communications Center project to receive an Honorable Mention for the 2021 APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s Project of the...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 31, 2021

Municipal Offices to Open One Hour Late on Monday, Feb. 1

Due to snow conditions, Municipal Offices will open one hour late, at 9 a.m., on Monday, Feb. 1.  This delayed opening does not impact the Oliver Hill Justice Center (Courthouse).

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Pension Investment Committee of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan to Hold Quarterly Meeting

The Pension Investment Committee of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan, as appointed by the Board of Trustees established under Chapter 22.3, Section 22.3-2 of City Code, which administers the City of Roanoke Pension Plan for employees of the City and any p...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board to Meet in February

On Thursday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m., the City of Roanoke will host its second Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board Meeting. The meeting will be hosted via Zoom and will be recorded and shared on the Equity and Empowerment webpage. Due to the recent increas...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Arts Collaboration to Release “We Are Art” Rap Cypher

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A collaboration of the Roanoke Public Libraries, the Roanoke Arts Commission, the Grandin Theatre, and the Feeding Southwest Virginia Community Solutions Center has led to the creation of the “We Are Art” rap cypher. The film will be released on Feb. 5, a...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 28, 2021

Citizens May Participate in Feb. 1 City Council Session By Phone, Email

Due to the recent increase and severity in COVID-19 cases in the City of Roanoke, out of an abundance of caution, the Roanoke City Council has determined that temporary changes are necessary for the upcoming sessions on Feb.1, 2021.  Roanoke City...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 27, 2021

Deadline to Offer Input on City’s Strategic Plan is Friday, Noon

The City of Roanoke is working on its 2021-2022 Strategic Plan, which focuses on the City's seven priorities: Education, Community Safety, Human Services, Infrastructure, Good Government, Livability and Economy. This Plan is a companion to the Ci...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 26, 2021

City, Partners Team Up With NLC to Address Root Causes of Poor Health Through Community Partnerships

The City of Roanoke and its partners, Carilion Clinic and United Way of Roanoke Valley, are proud to join an in-depth learning network led by the National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with the Center to Advance Community Health & Equity (CAC...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

City to Conduct Monthly Budget Development Webinars

The City of Roanoke will conduct a series of Zoom webinars to share information with citizens about its annual Budget Development. Webinars will be conducted monthly through April, based upon the content of the presentations to City Council at their month...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Roanoke Public Library Advisory Board to Hold Monthly Meeting in January

MEETING OF THE ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2021, 8:30 A.M.

PARTICIPATION BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PURSUANT TO

AMENDMENT 28 TO HB 29 (STATE BUDGET,CHAPTER 1283, LAWS OF 2020, SECTION 401.01 (g), SECTION 2.2-3708.2 (A), CODE...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 15, 2021

Citizens May Participate in Jan. 19 City Council Sessions By Phone, Email

Due to the recent increase and severity in COVID-19 cases in the City of Roanoke, out of an abundance of caution, the Roanoke City Council has determined that temporary changes are necessary for the upcoming 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. sessions on Jan. 19, 2021. &a...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 14, 2021

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

City offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.  As a result, the following schedule will be in effect for collection of trash, bulk, brush, and “A” week single-stream rec...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection to Hold Quarterly Executive Meeting

The Executive Board of the Center for Animal Care and Protection, as created by an internal service agreement between the City and County of Roanoke, the County of Botetourt, and the Town of Vinton, will hold its regular quarterly meeting at 11 a.m. on We...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 15, 2021

Finance Board (OPEB) to Hold Quarterly Meeting

The Finance Board, created pursuant to the Code of Virginia Section 15.2-1547, Creation of local finance boards to manage the assets of postemployment benefits trust or equivalent arrangement, will hold its regular quarterly meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Frida...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 12, 2021

Federal Paycheck Protection Program Reopens

Attention all businesses, the U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the federal Paycheck Protection Program, the forgivable loan to help businesses survive during COVID-19. Applications must be submitted to a bank or other lender, not directly t...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District Provides Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Local Availability

The following information about availability of the COVID-19 vaccine was provided by the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District (VDH):

We know the demand is great and we at the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD) are working with our va...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Notice of Remote Meeting of Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission

NOTICE OF REMOTE MEETING OF HOTEL ROANOKE

CONFERENCE CENTER COMMISSION

The Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission shall hold a meeting on Jan. 20, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. by electronic means. Commissioners shall participate from various remote locations via ...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Board of Trustees of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan to Hold Quarterly Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan, as appointed by City Council and established under Chapter 22.3, Section 22.3-2 of City Code, which administers the City of Roanoke Pension Plan for employees of the City and any participating emp...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 7, 2021

City Postpones Public Hearing to Consider Ordinance Prohibiting Firearms on City Property

At the Jan. 4, 2021, meeting of Roanoke City Council, the Council approved the request for a public hearing to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at 7 p.m., to receive citizen input regarding City Council’s consideration of an ordinance prohibit...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 7, 2021

Deadline Extended for Neighborhood Partnership Awards Nominations

The Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates (RNA) and Roanoke City Council have extended the application period for the 2020 Neighborhood Partnership Awards Program to Sunday, Jan. 31. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, an in-person awards ceremony canno...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 6, 2021

2021 Virtual Youth Summit to Be Held in January

Registration is open for the 2021 Virtual Youth Summit, which will be held on Jan. 16, 2021, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This event is open to middle and high school students. Anyone who registers and participates will receive an UberEats gift card at the conclus...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 6, 2021

Official Websites, Local Media Best Sources for COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Info

Virginia is now in Phase 1a of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution with medical and EMS personnel receiving the vaccine, as well as some residents and staff in assisted living and nursing home settings. At this time, there is no established timeline for the...

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Roanoke News
Posted on: January 5, 2021

Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board to Meet Jan. 7

On Thursday, Jan. 7, at 6:30 p.m., the City of Roanoke will host the first Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board Meeting. The agenda for the meeting may be found at this link: www.roanokeva.gov/equityandempowerment.  The meeting will be hosted vi...

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Roanoke News