Access to Markets
Access to Markets

It’s All About Location, Location, Location

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Major Cities and Distance from the Roanoke Region

CityDistance by car (miles)Distance by Air (miles)
Atlanta, GA430356
Baltimore, MD281221
Charlotte, NC194155
Chicago, IL722531
Detroit, MI588382
Greensboro, NC10585
Indianapolis, IN531380
Knoxville, TN255239
New York, NY476396
Norfolk, VA245204
Philadelphia, PA403310
Raleigh, NC156120
St. Louis, MO686575
Washington, DC251194

With its desirable East Coast location, the Roanoke Region is equidistant to NYC and Atlanta and centrally located to 14 major US cities. In fact, two-thirds of the U.S. population are within a day’s truck drive away, making it fast and cost-effective to get products to market.

Shipping & Logistics

Location and logistics are strong advantages of the Roanoke Region. The area is served by a Port of Entry and Foreign Trade Zone to save time and money for companies importing materials. UPS and FedEx both operate air freight hubs and the region is served by major freight and package express companies. Evidence of the region’s reputation as a logistics hub is the approximately 70 trucking lines serving the area with local, state, and interstate service.

Go Non-Stop

Need to travel for business? Whether traveling domestically or internationally, the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport can get you there. In addition to connection services through major airline hubs, it provides non-stop flight service to and from:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL (O’Hare)
  • Nashville, TN
  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Washing, D.C. (Dulles)
  • New York, NY (LaGuardia)

Ride the Rails

The Roanoke Region is served by Norfolk Southern and CSX for freight. The region is located on the Heartland  and Crescent Corridors of Norfolk Southern. The Heartland is a direct, high-capacity route that spans from the Port of Virginia to distribution markets in the Midwest. The Crescent spans 11 states and is one of fastest, most direct routes from the Southeast to the Northeast with convenient connections to Mexico and Los Angeles. Norfolk Southern also operates a bulk transfer terminal in Roanoke. 

Amtrak provides daily passenger service to the Northeast (Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York, and Boston and others) from the station in downtown Roanoke, and to Chicago via the station in Clifton Forge. 

We’re here to help

The Roanoke Regional Partnership serves as the point of contact for businesses looking to relocate and expand. We are connectors who match your needs and questions with the resources and answers. We’re a one-stop-shop for learning, evaluating, and connecting with the Alleghany, Botetourt, Franklin, and Roanoke counties, cities of Covington, Roanoke, and Salem, and the town of Vinton.

Let us help you find the right site or building for companies, create custom research for your business decision, and connect you with the people and services that will help you see why the Roanoke Region is the right place.