• 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.

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    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.

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McAfee Knob Shuttle Survey is Closing Soon!

Dec 10, 2019

Have you had a chance to take our survey about the idea of a shuttle service to McAfee Knob? Time is running out! The survey will close on December 15th – this Sunday.

McAfee Knob is one of the most photographed spots in the Roanoke Valley, receiving thousands of visitors every year.The Virginia Department of Transportation is working with the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club to install a pedestrian bridge across Route 311, a busy roadway which separates the trailhead parking lot from the trail to the McAfee Knob peak. This project will reduce parking spaces during construction, but will ultimately protect your safety. We’re not expecting long-term parking impacts at this time, but construction will take nine to twelve months. At this time construction is expected to start in 2023.

As part of this project, the Roanoke Valley – Alleghany Regional Commission is reaching out to collect information about how you learned about McAfee Knob. We’re also looking at alternative ways to help you reach the trailhead during construction.

You can take the survey and help inform this process. Thanks in advance for your help!

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2019 RVARC Annual Report and 50th Anniversary Celebration

Nov 25, 2019

The 2018-19 RVARC Annual Report was formally released on November 14th at the Commission’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Shenandoah Club in Roanoke.

Additionally, a photographic slideshow of the first 50 years of the Commission premiered at the Celebration. The slideshow can be seen below.




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Request for Proposals

Nov 25, 2019

The Western Virginia Workforce Development Board is currently soliciting proposals from qualified professionals to conduct an evaluation study of career and technical education services in the Roanoke Valley and Alleghany Highlands. The study will include an evaluation of previous studies and evaluations done prior to the present, the evaluation of current programmatic and educational activities, communication with regional businesses on their demand and how career and technical education program align with need, and recommendations for regional collaboration.

The full Request for Proposals can be found here: Regional Career and Technical Education Study – Request for Proposals

Questions regarding this RFP can be directed to Morgan Romeo, Executive Director, at mromeo@vcwblueridge.com or by phone at (540) 562-8442.

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