“Roanoke Reawakening” Featured in Virginia Business

The article by Virginia Business (see excerpt below) featured the Roanoke Regional Partnership’s executive director John Hull and several economic development partners, focusing on the uptick in economic development activity driven by regional revitalization strategies.

The article highlights Partnership-led, forward-thinking investments in infrastructure, strategic planning for revitalization, and a marketing approach that touts the area’s outdoor amenities which have led to recent sizable investments.

Munters Group AB, Cardinal Glass, Stik Pak, Balchem Corp, Valley Star Credit Union, Mack Trucks, the new Carilion Children’s facility, and the redevelopment at 419 Town Center are all mentioned as examples of this success in the story. Together these investments add up to a whopping $126.3 million.

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Senator Tim Kaine Meets with Roanoke Leaders on Outdoor Economy and Infrastructure

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine met with regional outdoor businesses and government leaders last Wednesday at Carvins Cove, the nation’s second largest municipal park, to discuss potential opportunities for federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to be used in the maintenance and development of our regional outdoor assets.

Similar to the New Deal and the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) following the Great Depression, the post-COVID relief funding could offer the Roanoke Region generational infrastructure projects and much-needed maintenance of existing assets. The Roanoke Regional Partnership coordinated with local leaders to ensure that Sen. Kaine was aware of all the needs and opportunities throughout the region.

Sen Tim Kaine (D-Va.) meets with local government, outdoor businesses, tourism, and outreach agencies to discuss the benefits of our outdoor economy and how the federal government can help.

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Stik-Pak Solutions Opens New Franklin County Facility

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (July 27, 2021)Stik-Pak Solutions Inc., a contract packaging firm, cut the ribbon on an expansion that will create 52 new jobs in Franklin County.

The company’s $10 million investment includes a 50,000 square foot building and new equipment. The company currently employs 60 people in Franklin County, having already created more than half of the 52 jobs anticipated in the expansion announced in 2019. The project will accommodate a future expansion to 100,000 square feet in the coming years as demand for the company’s product grows.

“Today, Stik-Pak Solutions celebrates its new facility and all the hard work of the management team and associates who now number over 60 strong, said company CEO, Kennon Marshall. “This group of hard-working individuals who hail largely from Franklin County are what make Stik-Pak successful.”

“On behalf of the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, I congratulate Stik-Pak on its new facility in the Summit View Business Park and we look forward to working with the company for many years to come,” said Board Chairman Ronnie Thompson.

Stik-Pak Solutions is one of three announced tenants in the Summit View Business Park.  The 550-acre project includes numerous recreational and event-related amenities, such as a self-service, 24-hour library, multi-use trails, event space/festival grounds, in addition to fully-served business and industrial sites. 

Stik-Pak Solutions was established in the Franklin County Commerce Center in 2013.  The company provides contract packaging solutions in a variety of flexible pouch options.  The company serves the food industry and is SQF 2 certified, FDA registered and certified USDA Organic. 

For more information contact john@roanoke.org