Erin Burcham has been named director of talent solutions for the Roanoke Regional Partnership. Burcham will direct a newly-created talent-attraction program that will contribute to the skilled workforce needs of area businesses.
Roanoke Regional Partnership Executive Director Beth Doughty recently accepted an appointment from Gov. Terry McAuliffe. She is one of four appointees to the Committee on Business Development and Marketing (VEDP).
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Since 1983, the Roanoke Regional Partnership has brought together the Greater Roanoke business community and eight governments in a regional economic development program that combines resources and strengths to attract talent, enhance assets, invite strategic investments, and stimulate development. We help the region compete and thrive by leveraging its assets — livability, the outdoors, business climate, and higher education. And we focus on results that shape our region’s economic future.
The Roanoke Region celebrated a lot of wins in 2016, many of which are highlighted in our Annual Report. Download it and share. If you need a printed copy, email us.
Highlights from the report include:
- $217.5 million location investment (1,412 jobs)
- $16.5 million expansion investment (258 jobs)
- It was another year of growth in the outdoor sector with signature events and new infrastructure spearheaded by the Roanoke Outside Foundation, a 501c (3) focused on outdoor engagement and building the outdoor economy.
- Paddling the Roanoke River downtown is now easier with the opening of a new kayak and canoe launch site made possible by an $80,000 crowdfunding campaign by the Roanoke Outside Foundation. Community and corporate leaders cut the ribbon in October at a site that is a joint effort between the Roanoke Outside Foundation, The Bridges development, Carilion Clinic and the City of Roanoke.
- The Partnership’s market intelligence department is a regional resource for information for governments, businesses, and citizens. This department impacts the success of all aspects of our work.
- If we learned anything in 2016, it was that real estate is critical to our region’s success. Studies by the Partnership in 2012 and 2013 determined the region is short on the right sites and buildings that attract jobs, investment, and businesses. In 2016, we did something about it.
Lisa Link ensures that everything comes off without a hitch. She handles the details . . . coordinating investor meetings, prospect visits, accounting, and keeping the office running smoothly. Lisa joined the Partnership in 2010, after 13 years at the Roanoke Regional Chamber as vice president of membership and member services.
Get to know Lisa in her own words.
What’s the best part of your job?
Working with a team that loves our area and works to grow the area.
What’s the most played song in your playlist?
What super power would you like to have?
It would be great to have the ability to be in two places at the same time.
What are you reading right now?
Night by Elie Weisel. Wiesel won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and this book is his memoir that details his guilt and feelings with surviving the Holocaust. It’s heavy, but important reading.
Where’s your favorite place to play in the Roanoke Region?
The Blue Ridge Parkway remains one of my favorite spots years after coming to the region. Growing up in California, nature isn’t as colorful as it is here. From the greens of trees to the actual blue in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I continue to be in awe of nature’s beauty.