Get to Know the Partnership Staff: Lisa Lyle

Lisa Lyle

Lisa Lyle recently joined the Roanoke Regional Partnership as director of business investment. In her new role, Lyle will direct the business attraction and expansion program of the Partnership. She joins the Partnership from Martinsville-Henry County Development Corp., where she served as director of marketing and recruiting since 2011. During that time she coordinated a regional rebranding and worked with projects that led to $193 million in investments and 1,533 new jobs.

Get to know Lisa in her own words.

What’s the best part of your job?

I love the diversity of the companies and projects that I work with. 

What’s the most played song in your playlist? 

Lately, it would be Shape of You by Ed Sheeran. But overall it would be Soulshine (live) by Warren Haynes.

What super power would you like to have?

I’d like to have endless energy.

What are you reading right now?

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer. 

Where’s your favorite place to play in the Roanoke Region?

My favorite place for fun is downtown Roanoke. I love the energy, arts and culture, and music. I also enjoy the abundance of greenways in the region.

Job Creation Strengthening in Roanoke Region

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The Roanoke Region of Virginia continues to see strong job creation activity in early 2017. The Roanoke metro saw employment growth of 2,800 workers from February 2016 to February 2017 and total employment is now at the highest level of any February on record according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment increased by 1.76 percent from February 2016 to February 2017 in the Roanoke MSA, which surpasses the national rate of growth over the same period (1.66 percent).

Employment gains were mainly in education, health services, and professional and business services.

The region is poised for continued growth heading into the rest of 2017. More than 1,400 jobs were announced in 2016 from projects including Deschutes Brewery, Eldor Corporation, Virginia Community College System, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Ballast Point Brewing, among others.

Partnership Provides Assist to North Cross School

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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.