CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: Roanoke and the Roanoke
River; Eldor Corporation board members; Touring
Taubman Museum of Art; Running the Blue Ridge
Marathon near the Mill Mountain Star; Ballyhack
Golf Club; Canoeing in the Alleghany Highlands
region; Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
LO I TO T: DA WAT I AT I I A OA OA I A
PA I A /G A FAC I A (M A AT PA A LY AC DAV I
AT I I I A A I I I I A A I I
New River Valley and Roanoke regions
are ideal business locations that are leveraging
want to employ them.
is creating its future by doing
things right now that will yield positive results
for generations to said Roanoke Mayor
Sherman P. Lea Sr. in his 2016 State of the City
mountains, rivers and lakes were
always here, but we treated them like says Beth Doughty, executive director of
the Roanoke Regional Partnership. igniting
those assets, we were able to change the community narrative in a short period of
That effort results not just in investment and
jobs, she points pays off in talent att raction.
is the currency of the 21st
Roanoke and the New River Valley are
positioned as premier destinations to
live, work and says Stephen Moret, president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, citing the local workforce
as a primary att ribute, along with infrastructure, transportation, available site inventory,
outdoor advantages and quality of life.
This new community story has been validated
by new industries and by the adaptability of
long-standing ones such as Appalachian Power,
a subsidiary of American Electric Power.
The company historically generated electricity almost entirely from coal but is evolving to
reflect a shift ing energy landscape. As that industry has taken hits, Appalachian Power closed
its oldest coal-fueled plant, converted another
largely to natural gas and solicited utility-scale
wind and solar power. At the same time, built
out its transmission lines to reflect the changes
in generation and to update its
making it able to quickly respond to the needs
of industrial customers.
Locally headquartered Advance Auto Parts
Inc. began in 1932 in Roanoke; its legacy as a
Roanoke corporate citizen is still going strong.
The Fortune 500 company has annual sales of
nearly $10 billion spread across its brands, and
5,100 company-operated locations, employing
approximately 74,000 which 1,200
are based in Roanoke.
proud to have been part of this thriving city for 85 says Tom Greco, president
Advance Auto leadership and employees have witnessed the evolution from
industrial city to one that is dominating technology and medicine-related sectors.
an exciting shift that is expanding influence and allowing employers to attract new talent to our says Tammy Moss
Finley, executive vice president of AAP.
While industries such as continue to
thrive, health and life sciences have become
one of the biggest, most important business sectors. Western biggest private
employer is Carilion Clinic, with roughly 13,000
workers spread across multiple hospitals and
clinics. Carilion has remained a dominant
health care provider by innovating and investing, in patient care and in life sciences.
vision beyond the research is that you
bring companies here that want to be around
researchers, that want to be around the science,
that want to be around the clinical acumen of
the says Steve Arner, Carilion
chief operating officer.
FAVORITE EATS: The Texas
Tavern, opened in 1930 by
Isaac N. Bullington.
Visitors should not miss
the world-famous chili. The
Texas Tavern is now run by
James Matthew Bullington,
great-grandson of the
ONLY HERE: The Historic
Roanoke City Market, which
is the oldest continuously
operating open-air market
in the commonwealth
of Virginia. The market
opened in 1882; it is open
year-round, closing only on
Christmas and New
Day. Many local artisans
have joined the farmers,
offering handcrafted items,
unique jewelry and other
MUST-DO: Visit Black Dog
Salvage for some great
staff from the TV series
Salvage Dawgs. Treasures
include carefully extracted
from private homes, classic
historical properties, disassembled old hospitals and
crumbling mills. You do not
want to miss the experience of seeing what they
discover and bring back to
their Roanoke store!