Roanoke Region Job Growth Outpacing the State

Notable growth is happening in the Roanoke Region. Newly released data on employment growth show Roanoke is not only outpacing Virginia, but also exceeding Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton Roads.

Over the past 12 months, employment grew by 1,200 jobs or 1.3 percent compared to 0.9 at the state level.

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Talent Efforts Produce Smart Results

The Partnership’s talent solutions program is helping companies connect with talent. Here are a few examples of where our efforts to attract talent to the region are paying off.

PowerSchool and the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council partnered with our young professional series, Experience Leadership, for a networking event that attracted 40 young professionals looking for opportunity in the Roanoke Region.

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Office of Outdoor Recreation Launches at Carvins Cove

virginia office of outdoor recreation

The Roanoke Regional Partnership joined Governor Ralph Northam as he announced the creation of an Office of Outdoor Recreation on Thursday, July 18, at the Carvins Cove boat launch.

The office will lead efforts to promote the outdoor recreation industry in Virginia and recruit new outdoor businesses to the Commonwealth. The initiative supports the work begun by the Roanoke Regional Partnership in 2009 to brand the Roanoke Region as an outdoor community and destination for businesses and talent that are linked to outdoor recreation.

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Stopping the Brain Drain Talent Study Released

go virginia region 2ROANOKE, Va., (June 19, 2019) – The 18 jurisdictions in the Lynchburg, New River Valley, and Roanoke regions have many strengths when it comes to talent development, attraction and retention but there are opportunities to implement new initiatives to increase the talent pool as a way to grow and diversify the region’s economy.

That was the assessment of a study conducted as part of a GO Virginia Region 2 project called Stopping the Brain Drain, which included the work of a talent action coalition comprised of government, higher education, and business leaders from throughout Region 2 to develop strategies to increase the talent pool.

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