World Leader in Cinema Screen Technology Sets Up Manufacturing in Roanoke Region

harkness screensCLOVERDALE, VA (October 3, 2017) — Harkness Screens will soon begin manufacturing large high-performance coated 2D and 3D cinema screens in EastPark Commerce Center in Botetourt County, Virginia. The company, which is relocating manufacturing from Fredericksburg, Virginia, as part of a multi-million dollar investment, will employ up to 50 people in the first phase with significant expansion potential.

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Deschutes Brewery Opening Tasting Room in Roanoke

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Deschutes2Rke in … August?

The brewery, which is planning an $85 million production facility in Roanoke, will open a tasting room modeled after its public houses in Bend and Portland downtown this summer.

renderingsThe tasting room will be a 315 Market St. and include more than 15 taps of Deschutes beers, growler fill-ups, merchandise, and food. Details are still in the works, but the location will likely include indoor and outdoor seating and ready-to-eat foods crafted by local restaurants.

“Roanoke is home to us now and we wanted to put down some roots while we plan for breaking ground on our new brewery east of town,” said Nate Brocious, tours and tasting room manager of Deschutes Brewery.

The Roanoke Regional Partnership played a vital role in helping the brewery select the region for its East Coast facility. See the full timeline of the Deschutes project, which was announced in 2016.

Learn more about plans for the downtown tasting room from Deschutes Brewery.

ICYMI – Deschutes Brewery is bringing the Street Pub back to Roanoke this summer. The event, scheduled for July 15, broke records in the Roanoke Region last year for the number of kegs consumed (241) while raising $81,000 for nine local nonprofits.

This Is Why We Do What We Do

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We like to think we are ahead of the curve here in the Roanoke Region when it comes to the outdoors.

An article in Business Xpansion Journal this month proves how far ahead of that curve we really are.

It emphasizes the importance of the work we are doing at the Roanoke Regional Partnership and the Roanoke Outside Foundation in regard to showcasing our outdoor assets.

The outdoor strategy is one we’ve been cultivating in the Roanoke Region for more than five years.

Here’s a little of what the magazine had to say:

It referenced a study by the Outdoor Industry Association, on 10 outdoor activities – bicycling, camping, fishing, hunting, motorcycling, off-roading, snow sports, trail sports, water sports and wildlife viewing – outdoor recreation accounts for 6.1 million jobs in this country. To put that in perspective, that is more jobs than education, more jobs than transportation and warehousing, and more jobs than construction.

“Outdoor recreation is a major economic driver that needs to be nurtured, the report states. It’s resilient and increasingly important to the economic health of a city or a region.”

We agree. It’s been good for business in the Roanoke Region.

Companies, such as Deschutes Brewery, have cited the outdoors as one of the things that attracted them to the area. Further, major employers say the narrative and resources provided by Roanoke Outside are key part of attracting talent to the area.

Other recent research indicates that there are other secondary economic benefits. Gallup research indicates outdoor investments lead to a healthier population (and healthier workforce). And research from the Knight Foundation suggests communities that offer social opportunities, offer an openness, pleasant aesthetics and other factors that are associated with our regional approach to the outdoors are more successful overall.

It’s important to understand the bigger picture when it comes to the awesome backdrop we see here every day in the Roanoke Region. Mountains, rivers, and trails are more than just a great way to spend the afternoon, they are economic drivers as well.