Additionally, a photographic slideshow of the first 50 years of the Commission premiered at the Celebration. The slideshow can be seen below.
In January, the U.S. Economic Development Administration designated the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany region an Economic Development District (EDD). This designation enhances our ability to obtain grants from EDA. A key function of EDDs is to develop, maintain and assist in implementing a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and support local governments in short-term planning activities.
The EDD area will be comprised of the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke; and the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem.
Commenting on EDD designation, Congressman Bob Goodlatte said “The ability to attract new economic development, and with the jobs, educational opportunities, and innovation, is key to the growth of any community. This Economic Development District designation is encouraging news for the Roanoke and Alleghany region! I am pleased that the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission’s hard work and perseverance has brought this great opportunity to fruition to help strengthen local economies. I look forward to seeing how our part of the Commonwealth continues to grow.”
Wayne Strickland, Executive Director of the Regional Commission, stated “The Commission recognized the benefits of our region in being designated an EDD. The designation process took several years to complete, but the time and effort put into obtaining EDD status will result in expanding opportunities for funding important economic development projects in the region.”
Notice of Request for Proposals for Compensation Study Consultant Services
The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is seeking proposals from qualified consulting firms and individuals to perform a regional compensation study. Responses will be accepted until 4:00pm EST on Friday, February 17, 2017. This public body does not discriminate as outlined by the Code of Virginia. Minority and women-owned businesses are encouraged to apply. For the complete RFP, click here.
In July, Roanoke County approved funding to build a 25-mile, $3.4 million expansion of the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority’s (RVBA) fiber network. Once finished, the total network will cover 72 miles throughout the cities of Roanoke and Salem, and the Counties of Botetourt and Roanoke. The Roanoke County expansion will run near 650 commercial properties.
Roanoke County leaders have said that the network’s current course misses several key commercial clusters in the county. The county’s design of the additional 25 miles of fiber hits areas such as Virginia 419 between Tanglewood Mall and Salem and the town of Vinton.
The Roanoke River Blueway has been designated as a Natural, Cultural and Recreational Treasure as part of the Virginia Treasures program, an initiative by Governor McAuliffe to preserve, protect and highlight Virginia’s most important ecological, cultural, scenic and recreational assets as well as its special lands. A recreational treasure is a one that provides new public access to a natural, cultural or scenic outdoor recreation resource. These are projects that help the public by enhancing outdoor recreation and foster stewardship of natural and cultural resources.
Read more about the Roanoke River Blueway here…
The Roanoke Valley – Alleghany Regional Commission is partnering with the City of Roanoke for the annual National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation week! Volunteer on Wednesday from 5-7pm or Saturday from 12-2pm to count the number of pedestrians and bicyclists at designated locations. For more information, contact Amanda McGee at email@example.com.
The following form can be used by commission members and member governments to provide work program suggestions for the RVARC for Fiscal Year 2017 (July 2016-June 2017). The form is in MS Word format and can be returned to Olivia Dooley at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2016 Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission Legislative Agenda is now available.
The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Continuum of Care Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. The FY 2015 CoC Consolidated Application and Project Applications are now available in e-snaps.
Submission Deadline: Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:59:59 PM EST
Electronic Application in e-snaps
The www.grants.gov application is not applicable to the CoC Program. The FY 2015 CoC Consolidated Application (CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing) and the Project Applications are only available via the SNAPS online grants management system, e-snaps. Only those Collaborative Applicants with a HUD-approved FY 2015 CoC Registration will have access to the FY 2015 CoC Consolidated Application. The application submission deadline is Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:59:59 PM EST.
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FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA Broadcast – This pre-recorded broadcast highlights key changes in the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA requirements. This broadcast is also available on the HUDchannel on YouTube. The due date of final HUD-approval for changes to the FY 2015 GIW is September 28, 2015 by 5:00 PM local time.
Application Resources on HUD Exchange
The following Consolidated Application and Project Application resources associated with the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition are, or will be, available on the CoC Program Competition: e-snaps Resources page on the HUD Exchange website:
If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
The AAQ accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2015 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:59:59 PM EST.
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The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission released a report on the Economic Impact Analysis: Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center