• Our Mission

    To be a regional leader in driving collaboration and strategy within our communities on issues that are critical to the economic growth, quality of life and sustainability of this region.

  • Planning

    The Regional Commission helps local governments address regionally significant issues with planning designed to enhance our region’s infrastructure, promote our region’s economic growth, and improve and sustain our region’s quality of life. 

  • Transportation

    The Regional Commission provides long-range transportation planning for the Roanoke Valley and rural localities within our region. Regionally coordinated approaches to planning and developing our region’s transportation infrastructure is central to the mobility of our citizens and supporting businesses that rely on logistics and supply chain management.

Serving its member governments for over 40 years

Open House May 9th & Online Survey on Traffic Congestion

May 02, 2016

Open House 2014The staff of the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) will host an Open House on Monday, May 9, 2016 between the hours of 3:30-6:00 p.m. at the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission office, 313 Luck Ave., SW, Roanoke, VA 24016 (Top Floor Conference Room). This is an important opportunity for the public to provide input on the future of transportation in the RVTPO region.

  1. Provide input to the yearly traffic congestion survey (Please spread the word by emailing this link to your friends and colleagues: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GG5VNRC ),
  2. Provide input on the Draft Roanoke Valley Transit Vision Plan (also available for public comment via rvarc.org/transit until Friday, May 27, 2016), and
  3. Review maps of forecasted traffic out to 2040 for the long-range transportation planning process.

Activities of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission and RIDE Solutions will also be showcased at the Open House. For questions or directions, contact Mark McCaskill at Email: mmccaskill@rvarc.org, Ph: (540)343-4417, or Fax: (540)343-4416. The RVTPO strives to provide reasonable accommodations and services for persons who require special assistance to participate in public involvement opportunities.  Contact TTY/TDD (for the deaf or hard-of-hearing) at 1-800-828-1120, or call 711 for access.  The RVTPO fully complies with Title VI of the Civic Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities.  For more information, or to obtain a Discrimination Complaint Form, see http://rvarc.org/transportation/title-vi-and-ada-notices/ or call (540)343-4417.

 

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RVARC Executive Director, Wayne Strickland has been Elected to the National Association of Development Organizations Board of Directors

Apr 26, 2016

Wayne_nadoWashington, DC – Wayne Strickland, Executive Director of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission in Roanoke, VA, was elected to the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) 2016 – 2018 Board of Directors on April 13, 2016.  Founded in 1967, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 540 regional development organizations.

NADO member organizations serve local governments and the public within their regions through various programs focused on diversifying local economies, assisting businesses, creating jobs, and providing community services.  The NADO Board of Directors oversees the association’s budget and operations and develops policy on issues affecting regional development organizations.

“We are honored to have Wayne serve on NADO’s Board of Directors.  Wayne brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and leadership on regional community and economic development issues to the national level,” stated Joe McKinney, NADO Executive Director.  “Most importantly, Wayne is focused on helping our nation’s local communities pursue comprehensive regional strategies for remaining economically competitive in today’s rapidly changing global environment.”

NADO’s Board of Directors includes member organizations that represent a broad section of the United States including the Central, Eastern, Midwestern, Southeastern, Southwestern, and Western regions.  The two-year term for Board members begins on May 1, 2016 and runs through April 30, 2018.

 

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Roanoke River Blueway Wins 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

Apr 26, 2016

roanokeriverblueway-logoThe Roanoke River Blueway has won the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Silver Award in the Virginia Outdoors Plan Implementation category. The 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards were announced on April 7, 2016 at the 27th Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington.  The awards recognized the significant contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in four categories: sustainability, environmental project, land conservation, and implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan.  They are given to businesses and industrial facilities, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies.

The Roanoke River Blueway pblueway-award-photorovides cost-free opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, tubing, wading, wildlife viewing, and watershed education with convenient access to other outdoor and cultural amenities in Virginia’s Blue Ridge all year long. The 45-mile Blueway, which includes 15 public boating access points, aims to promote healthy living and economic sustainability through increased use and awareness. Access points are located in local parks allowing for shared parking. In addition, information is provided for using the Valley Metro and bicycle accommodations. Watershed management and stewardship through education are supported through a dedicated webpage to water quality. Another educational tool is the Roanoke River Blueway Interactive Map which provides a range of information to facilitate safe use and enjoyment of this regional resource. Funding for the Blueway was leveraged from a variety of sources including private donators, the Virginia Tourism Cooperation (VTC) Market Leverage Program, American Electric Power, and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF).

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