Technology & Innovation
Technology & Innovation

Industry Cluster Advances Tech and Innovation with Links to Higher Education

IT and Computer Science: Annual Mean Wage

OccupationRoanoke MSAUnited States
Computer Systems Analysts$86,300$107,530
Software Developers$100,870$132,930
Web Developers$86,790$87,580
Database Administrators$82,380$102,530
Network/Computer Systems Administrators$80,930$97,160
Computer User Support Specialists$53,150$61,580
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2022

The Roanoke Region is a state center for innovation and is home to a rich and extensive technology and innovation community. In the last five years, the growth per capita in patents filed exceeded the national average by 3.5 times. These patents are being filed by startups, established advanced manufacturers, and researchers.

In addition to private carriers, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority operates a 100-mile regional network with fiber-based, business-class service in the Roanoke Valley. 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 also allows customers to lease dark fiber. The RVBA can provide customers with the highest level of customer service to meet their specific requirements and a proven commitment to long-term customer satisfaction.

Strategic Advantages

  • There are more than 4,000 information technology professionals working within an hour or less of Roanoke.
  • The region is served by a robust fiber network linking major commercial and institutional centers with regional and national providers.
  • Access to multiple providers of fiber telecommunications including Verizon, Cox Communications, Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority, Comcast, Lumos, Shentel, AT&T, ZAYO, Level 3, Mid-Atlantic Broadband, Citizens, Crown Castle, Allied Fiber, and others.
  • The region has extensive 4G LTE mobile data service coverage and some 5G coverage. Providers include Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and AT&T.
  • There are 14 institutions within the region providing computer science credentials including nationally ranked Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science.

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