Matt Miller Named Director of Market Intelligence at Roanoke Regional Partnership

The Roanoke Regional Partnership welcomes Matt Miller as the new director of market intelligence. He has assumed the data analysis and market intelligence role previously performed by John Hull, who was selected as the Partnership’s executive director earlier in 2021.

Matt is one of several top talent recruits starting at the Partnership this year. His 25 years of experience in the region working on demographic research, economic impact analysis, mapping, and planning with the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission made him a perfect match for this high-caliber team.

“Matt and I have had an excellent working relationship for years, we’ve always collaborated and shared data intelligence to advance programs throughout the Roanoke Region,” said John Hull, executive director of the Partnership. “It was my pleasure to recruit Matt to the Partnership team, I have no doubt he’ll be a valuable asset.”

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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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Roanoke Regional Partnership is Back on the Road

With the resumption of business travel as COVID-19 conditions abate, the Roanoke Regional Partnership is on the road again meeting in person with consultants and site selectors. Partnership staff had a busy June participating in Select USA, a virtual conference focused on foreign direct investment opportunities, and traveling to the Site Selectors Guild annual meeting in Florida and the Area Development Consultant Forum in Richmond. In 2021, the Partnership will attend eight key marketing conferences and networking events, making valuable connections with global businesses and gatekeepers.

The Partnership’s focus on livability, talent, and site readiness resonated with consultants and industry alike. Site developments were promoted alongside messaging on growth in key sectors like technology, innovation and life sciences, transportation equipment manufacturing, and food and beverage manufacturing.

See the graphic above for the remaining 2021 marketing schedule featuring consultant events and ongoing industry outreach.

Questions? Email Ann Blair Miller, Director of Business Investment