ROANOKE (Sept. 8, 2017) – PowerSchool announced today that it will add 96 jobs to its 85 existing local positions and invest $1.8 million in new offices in the 110 Franklin building in Downtown Roanoke. The company will occupy two floors (approx. 40,000 s.f.) in the former Norfolk Southern Building which was purchased by a group of local investors after Norfolk Southern moved operations to Norfolk and Atlanta in 2015.
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.
The first businesses to take advantage of the new regional fiber network will come online in the coming weeks.
The Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority plans to sign its first customers to the new 50-mile regional network in April after setting rates for services last week. The regional broadband authority offers fiber-based, business-class service. The bandwidth offered through the Authority’s services is exclusive to the end user and is ideal for institutions and businesses that must move large volumes of data reliably.
The authority will also allow customers to lease dark fiber. Dark fiber is unlit fiber strands which allow clients that wish to install their own electronics to light their own dedicated fiber strands leased from the authority. Approximately 25 percent of the regional network is devoted to dark fiber, which has been available in only limited areas of the region.
The regional authority’s services add to a diverse set of regional telecom and fiber-based communications services. The authority’s offerings provide access to dedicated bandwidth and even dark fiber services in areas of the region where such services were not available before. This new regional fiber network will be an asset for burgeoning technology businesses.
The completion and lighting of the network in April will be a major milestone for a new regional cooperative program. The authority was created in 2013 by the Counties of Botetourt and Roanoke and the Cities of Roanoke and Salem. The authority was a direct result of both public and private efforts to better understand and to advocate for more fiber-based broadband services.
The Down by Downtown Music Festival will finish with an interstellar finale with Galactic at Elmwood Park Amphitheater on April 16.
Down by Downtown is a three-day celebration of music with concerts at Elmwood Park Amphitheater on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as live music nightly in 5 venues in downtown Roanoke alongside the Big Lick Music Conference. More than 50 acts will perform throughout the week and at the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon finish line.
Galactic is a New Orleans-based funk band. Their latest CD, “Into the Deep,” was released in July and features an eclectic mix of vocals and instrumentals. The band has been recording for more than 20 years and songs have influences of hip hop, electronic, rock, blues, and jazz. Their current tour includes stops at major festivals all over the East Coast, including the LOCKN’ Festival in August.
The ticketed Galactic show will begin around 6 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale March 4 with special ticket pricing of $20 ending March 11. After March 11 tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, half marathon and Anthem Star 10k participants can buy discounted tickets.
The weekend will be packed with even more music this year with the addition of the Big Lick Music Conference. More than 50 artists will attend the conference, which will feature panel discussions featuring national and regional music industry leaders, workshops, a trade show, and social events geared for fun, growth and education.
Huge thank you to our sponsors: Foot Levelers, Roanoke Regional Partnership, City of Roanoke, WDBJ7, Carilion Clinic, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Ferrum College, Fink’s Jewelers, Tag Heuer, WROV, nTelos, Farm to Feet, Martins’ Downtown, Blue 5 Restaurant, Awful Arthurs, The Spot on Kirk, and The Quarter.
ABOUT DOWN BY DOWNTOWN
With more than 50 live music performances in venues throughout the city Down By Downtown (DxDT) is a celebration of Roanoke’s growing music scene. Participating venues host live music April 14-16, most of which are free. DxDT was organized seven years ago as a part of Roanoke’s Creative Connectors Class. For the past several years DxDT has partnered with Roanoke Outside and the Blue Ridge Marathon. In 2015 the Roanoke Outside Foundation took over complete management of DxDT and has partnered with Big Lick Entertainment to add the Big Lick Music Conference to the event lineup.
ABOUT ROANOKE OUTSIDE
The Roanoke Regional Partnership created Roanoke Outside to showcase why the Roanoke, Virginia, Region is one of the best outdoor communities in the United States. In 2013, with the support of the Partnership, the Roanoke Outside Foundation was officially formed as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. It is our mission to make outdoor activity and environmental stewardship a core component of our community’s lifestyle. We started RoanokeOutside.com, Get Outside Weekend Update, Blue Ridge Marathon, and GO Outside Fest. Plus, we’ve been the advocate for the many changes that are making this place more awesome than ever. We’ve got plans for even more exciting events and facilities. And you can be a part of it all.
ABOUT BLUE RIDGE MARATHON
The Blue Ridge Marathon was created by the Roanoke Regional Partnership/Roanoke Outside to showcase the region’s commitment to making outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship a core component of the Roanoke Region lifestyle. Originally boasted as “America’s Toughest Road Marathon” it has more than lived up to the reputation. Not for the faint of heart, the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon features the most challenging and breathtaking course of any road marathon in the country and was recently named to The Weather Channel’s “World’s 15 Toughest Marathons” list (#8). Beginning in downtown Roanoke, Virginia and ascending four miles along the Blue Ridge Parkway to the summit of Roanoke Mountain this race will put you in the zone…and all before mile 10!
ABOUT BIG LICK ENTERTAINMENT
Big Lick Entertainment’s mission to create events with a message and meaning is unmatched in Virginia. Whether producing a fundraiser, festival or concert, each date is a crafted partnership with the goal of enriching our area culturally and economically with drive, passion and creativity.