JLARC gives scathing review of Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority

Monday, November 14, 2016

In 2016 the General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 7, which directed JLARC staff to review various aspects of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority (VEDP). The Roanoke Times reported that Gov. Terry McAuliffe awarded a state grant of $1.4 million to Chinese nationals on the basis of contents on a website. The JLARC produced […]

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Roanoke City wants your input on updating downtown plan

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Roanoke City wants your input on updating downtown plan

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Department of Planning, Building, and Development is currently in the process of updating the Downtown Plan. Public meetings to gather input will be held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 28 at the City Market Building beginning at 6 p.m. The department is looking for input and ideas from […]

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Bills aimed at removing barriers to marijuana research

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bills aimed at removing barriers to marijuana research

Monday, June 20, 2016 – This week, Congressmen Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD-01), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03), H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-09), and Sam Farr (D-CA-20) will be introducing the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2016. This bill heeds the calls of the medical research community to address the burdensome processes that currently impede legitimate medical research on […]

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Downtown parking meter pilot to start in 2016

Monday, December 7, 2015

Downtown parking meter pilot to start in 2016

In December of 2012, March and July of 2013 Roanoke staff started talking about high-tech parking meters in high-demand parking spots – more specifically around the Market Building. High tech parking meters will come at a slow methodical pace The parking meters are meant to reduce the driving round and round waiting for a free […]

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SOL Innovation Committee’s 2015 recommendations received

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SOL Innovation Committee’s 2015 recommendations received

Governor McAuliffe received the Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee’s second round of recommendations. To read the full executive summary, click here. To read the full report, click here. The recommendations include proposed improvements at the high school level to better prepare students to succeed in the new Virginia economy. In 2014, the Committee set forth twelve […]

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Governor receives campus sexual violence recommendations

Friday, May 29, 2015

RICHMOND– Governor Terry McAuliffe attended the final meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Campus Sexual Violence today and received a briefing from Attorney General Mark Herring on the task force’s recommendations. “Preparing our students to succeed requires educating them in environments that are free from the threat of violence,” said Governor McAuliffe. “When I […]

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Virginia unemployment rate increases for fourth consecutive month

Friday, September 20, 2013

Virginia unemployment rate increases for fourth consecutive month

Compared to a year ago Virginia’s unemployment rate is now only .1% below last year. If this trend continues it will be no better than last year and maybe worse. The trend here is NOT your friend. The Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is down 800 jobs from July to August 2013 and shows a […]

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Roanoke moves toward enhancing neighborhood parks

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Roanoke moves toward enhancing neighborhood parks

There has been a shift in Roanoke City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan  – from closing down neighborhood recreation centers to enhancing them. A similar strategy came about with the Library Master Plan. Land was purchased for a “super” library on Peters Creek Road. That project has been abandon. The 11-acre parcel on Peters Creek […]

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High tech parking meters will come at a slow methodical pace

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

High tech parking meters will come at a slow methodical pace

Before progress can be made on metered on-street parking managed by a private business the General Assembly will have to give Roanoke City permission. A locality with a population under 100,000 must get the GA’s OK. That won’t happen until the 2014 session. Assistant Manager Brian Townsend said they have already finished two phases of […]

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Roanoke City storm water fee will begin July 2014

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Roanoke City storm water fee will begin July 2014

Storm water management is about clean water and not just about flooding explained Roanoke city manager Chris Morrill at city council’s Monday work session. If Roanoke City takes no action an Environmental Protection Agency audit could result in a fine as several city’s like Lynchburg have already encountered. The subject has been stewing in the […]

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Virginia’s unemployment rate increases while Roanoke MSA gains jobs

Friday, June 21, 2013

Virginia's unemployment rate increases while Roanoke MSA gains jobs

In May, six of ten Virginia metropolitan areas experienced over-the-month job losses on a seasonally adjusted basis. The Lynchburg metropolitan area experienced the largest absolute and percentage job loss, with a decrease of 1,800 jobs, or a loss of 1.7 percent. Other metropolitan areas that experienced job losses in May included: Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News (-1,400 […]

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Expect downtown parking changes and parking meters

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Expect downtown parking changes and parking meters

The Bullitt Avenue closure is not the only parking change downtown citizens and visitors can expect. Parking signs are changing and will become less confusing. Gone will be signs limiting parking for 10 or 15  or 30 minute limits all clustered together on the same block. Look for more uniform parking times and limits. The […]

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