Modern Economic Development Practiced Here

janet ady economic developmentA recent blog post by consultant Janet Ady outlines some key takeaways from the recent Site Selectors Guild conference where the Roanoke Regional Partnership was in attendance. Her observations support the initiatives of the Roanoke Regional Partnership and give credence to our belief that 21st century economic development is practiced in the Roanoke Region. 

According to Ady, “Talent is king.” She says, “Position your region to be attractive to people, as people are the ultimate magnet for companies.”

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Outdoor Benchmark Report: How Do We Compare?

The 2018 Outdoor Benchmark analysis has been completed by the Roanoke Regional Partnership. This update of a 2012 study, also done by the Partnership, compares the Roanoke Region to peer outdoor communities – Asheville, NC; Boulder, CO; Chattanooga, TN; Greenville, SC; and Portland, ME.

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2018: 10 Announcements

The Roanoke Regional Partnership assisted on 10 expansion and location projects in 2018 representing 366 new jobs, 286 secondary jobs, and $308 million in new investment.

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WestRock Will Invest $248.4 Million in Covington Mill

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COVINGTON, Va. (Sept. 25, 2018) — Officials in Alleghany County and Covington joined Virginia Governor Ralph Northam today for the announcement that WestRock Company, the area’s largest and longest standing employer, will invest $248.4 million over a five-year period in facility and equipment upgrades.

The investments are designed to improve productivity, as well as increase employee training at the paper mill, which was established in 1899 and spans the City of Covington and Alleghany County line. Approximately 1,000 people are employed at the mill to manufacture high-quality bleached paperboard which is converted into packaging by WestRock and customers for global markets including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, electronics, tobacco, and food.

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