Another Roanoke Regional Partnership connection has resulted in success.
North Cross Head of School Chris Proctor came to the Partnership in 2014 for help finding a viable housing solution for international students. The Partnership and Roanoke Economic Development brought the school and a local developer together to find an answer.
North Cross School announced this week it is adding residential boarding with a new dormitory located in the Boxley Building in downtown Roanoke.
North Cross will have rooms available beginning this fall in the newly renovated building which also will offer apartments. A new vitality will hit downtown with up to 48 students enjoying its amenities. And North Cross School will be able to house current — and attract new — boarding students in grades 9-12. The school also sees an opportunity to accommodate international students as well as many from outside the Roanoke Region.
Making connections and establishing relationships is just one part of what the Partnership does in the region every day.
Good news for the Western Virginia Regional Industrial Facility Authority.
An Economic Development Growth Enhancement (EDGE) grant of $20,000 from Appalachian Power Company will help the authority take one more step toward making its 106-acre Wood Haven site ready for a tenant. The grant will help fund environmental due diligence on the site as part of the overall master planning to begin soon.
The property, owned jointly by Roanoke, Roanoke County, and Salem, helps fill the need for large sites for business and industry – a size that is currently missing in the regional inventory. The grant was the largest awarded in Virginia by Appalachian Power which also awarded $10,000 to Roanoke County for the Roanoke County Center for Research and Technology.
John Hull, director of market intelligence for the Roanoke Regional Partnership, wrote the grant application on behalf of the authority.