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National Association of Development Districts features the Roanoke Valley

NADO recently featured the Livable Roanoke Valley project as part of the Sustainable Communities Learning Network. Since 2011, the NADO Research Foundation has participated in the Sustainable Communities Learning Network as one of the capacity building teams supporting communities and regions that received planning grants as part of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI). Through this program, 143 communities and regions across the country conducted three-year locally-driven planning and visioning efforts to address critical issues such as housing and transportation, economic and workforce development, natural resource protection, education, and other important areas. You can read more from NADO here. 

Wayne Strickland, Executive Director, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission from NADO on Vimeo.

New Local Foods Initiative

The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is working with area stakeholders to develop a Regional Food System Plan to promote and expand existing local food systems in the greater Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.  Our first stakeholder meeting will be held on July 31st at 9 am. Area groups that may be interested in participating in this meeting are encouraged to contact the Commission at or check out our new website devoted to Local Foods.

What is food system planning?
The expanded Downtown Market area in the City of Roanoke.

The expanded Downtown Market area in the City of Roanoke.

Food system planning is gaining recognition as an integral area of interest for local governments. Learn more about food system planning and its importance to economic development by reading through some of the resources on our website, including the APA Policy Guide on Community and Regional Food Planning. Food system planning seeks to spur local economies by supporting local businesses and farmers; to preserve agricultural and natural landscapes by encouraging sustainable farming practices; and to improve access to healthy food items such as fresh produce in our local markets and stores.

Get involved.

If you cannot attend the meeting or are a citizen interested in learning more about local foods, consider checking out some of the resources on our webpage. Use our Local Foods Map to find markets and farms, or look through our list of area nonprofits who are working on food projects in our community. More information can be found on our Local Foods webpage.

Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority created-first meeting on January 17.

Fiber Optic Cable

The Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority was authorized to conduct business by the State Corporation Commission on December 13.  The Regional Commission has facilitated the process to create the Authority, which is comprised of Botetourt County, Roanoke County, the City of Roanoke and the City of Salem. More information, including a recently released RFP can be found at

PUBLIC NOTICE:  The Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority will hold is first official board meeting on Friday, January 17, 2014, at 8:30am. The meeting will be held at in the top floor conference room at the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, 313 Luck Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016. This meeting is open to the public. An agenda will be posted one week prior to the meeting. If you need special assistance or have questions, please contact us at 540-343-441 or by email.