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Now Hiring: Public Engagement Manager


Public Engagement Manager, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission

In this full-time position, the Public Engagement Manager reports to the Executive Director and performs responsible professional work in communications, marketing, and public input.  Areas of responsibility will include public engagement and communication program promotion and marketing; marketing collateral and document design and development; survey design; graphic design and website management; writing and other content development.  The Public Engagement Manager is responsible for assisting and supporting the Executive Director and individual Department Directors in communicating their program needs and outcomes and developing materials and content to support various public engagement efforts.

A significant portion of the Public Engagement Manager’s work is dedicated to developing and implementing marketing strategies and collateral for the RIDE Solutions Commuter Assistance Program, the Commission’s most public-facing program in marketing transportation options and implementing transportation solutions for employers and workers.

Full job description

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Sherry Dean at sdean@rvarc.org. All Applications must be received by February 14, 2021.

Now Hiring: Regional Planner II-III (per experience)

Regional Planner II-III (per experience), Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission

Responsible for professional and technical work in preparing and developing plans and reports, maintaining databases, and analyzing and interpreting information and data for local governments and/or the public, with a particular focus on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data analysis. This position is supervised by the Director of Community Development.

Full job description

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Sherry Dean at sdean@rvarc.org. All Applications must be received by February 14, 2021.

Request for Proposals for Auditing Services

Purpose: This Request for Proposal (RFP) is to contract for a financial audit for the year ending June 30, 2022. The proposal includes options for four additional years.

Persons/Entities Who May Respond: Only licensed Certified Public Accountants may respond to this RFP.

Submission Closing Date.  Proposals must be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022.

Inquiries. Inquiries concerning this RFP should be mailed to:

Sherry Dean
Director of Finance
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
P.O. Box 2569
Roanoke, VA  24010
Or e‐mailed to: sdean@rvarc.org

Click here for the full RFP.

Newly Released US Census Bureau Data Shows Continued Growth in Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area

An initial analysis of data released today by the U.S. Census bureau showed continued population growth in the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, and Roanoke, and the cities of Roanoke and Salem. According to the 2020 census, population in the MSA grew 2.1% over the previous decade. Statewide, population increased by 7.9%, which represents a lower growth rate than the previous 2000-2010 Census.

“We’re pleased to see that the region continues to grow,” says Matt Miller, Director of Information Services for the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, who performed the analysis. “And while the growth rate was lower than in previous years, this tracks with trends we are seeing nationally.”

The City of Roanoke, with a 3.1% growth rate, saw its population increase to over 100,000 for the first time since the 1980 Census. At 4.9%, Roanoke County saw the largest population growth of the jurisdictions covered by the Commission. Overall, the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission area – which stretches from Franklin County to Alleghany County – saw a growth of 1.6%.

“Overall, this data affirms trends we’ve seen the last few decades,” added Miller. “Small but consistent growth in our urban areas, and loss of population in our rural counties, cities, and towns.”

While more data is expected to be released by the Census, these population estimates will be used in the near term to help governments redraw local, congressional, and state legislative districts.
Table Caption: Population change data in Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission jurisdictions

Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission Names Jeremy Holmes as Next Executive Director

The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission announced today that Jeremy Holmes has been named the new Executive Director. Holmes follows Wayne Strickland, who retires June 30th after 42 years with the Regional Commission.

Holmes has served as director of the Commission’s RIDE Solutions Commuter Assistance Program for the past fifteen years and in January of 2020 became the Commission’s Associate Executive Director. In addition to his leadership of the RIDE Solutions program, Holmes has been involved in a number of regional community advocacy efforts, including the Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition, the Greater Roanoke Valley Asthma and Air Quality Coalition, Roanoke Valley Reads, and Healthy Roanoke Valley. Holmes holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Roanoke College and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Hollins University.

“I am thrilled and honored with the trust the Commission’s Board has placed in me,” Holmes said. “As the region emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, this period before us presents not just the promise of recovery from the worst of its impacts, but a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tap into resources for growth in areas like expanding broadband access, enhancing our regional transportation system, and promoting regional economic growth. I am excited at the chance to serve the region’s local governments in achieving these goals.”

Vinton Mayor Bradley Grose, Chairman of the Regional Commission and the Search Committee to hire a new Executive Director, said, “The committee members were impressed by Jeremy’s understanding of regional issues and priorities and his passion for the work.” The search committee conducted interviews after the announcement of Strickland’s retirement in March. The committee made their recommendation to the Executive Committee at their May 13thmeeting, who then made their recommendation to the full Board today. The Board voted unanimously to name Holmes to the position.

Holmes plans to focus his first several months on the job in assisting localities and other regional organizations to take advantage of the many funding opportunities being made as a result of the American Recovery Act and related COVID-recovery programs at the federal and state level.

2020 Annual Report

The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is pleased to present its FY20 Annual Report. This report highlights the programs, projects, and events that took place over the past fiscal year.

We would like to thank our 11 member governments for their ongoing support of our organization’s programs/projects over the years.

RVARC Releases COVID-19 and Demographic Dashboard

Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission staff has prepared a COVID-19 dashboard that tracks regional cases and includes demographics and mapping on vulnerable populations.  Data and mapping is available for each locality down to the census tract level. Unemployment claims, nursing homes location, zip code COVID-19 data are included in the dashboard. COVID-19 cases and deaths are updated hourly from Johns Hopkins.  To access the dashboard, click here.

The FEDS Want to Hear From YOU

The Federal Team reviewing the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization wants to hear from YOU. However, due to the COVID-19 emergency, the public meeting has been cancelled.

Please provide your input through the survey link below.

The Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) is responsible for planning the Roanoke Valley’s future transportation system and programming funds to fulfill that vision. The RVTPO’s work is primarily funded by the federal government which reviews regulatory compliance every four years. The Federal Team will consider public input to assess the quality, effectiveness, and any areas of concern on the RVTPO’s performance-based multimodal transportation planning and programming process.

This survey will remain open until April 10, 2020. If the survey does not appear below, please use the weblink: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DoYouKnowRVTPO

The RVTPO and the Federal Team appreciate your input!

If you need assistance with this survey, please email rruhlen@rvarc.org or leave a message at (540) 343-4417. Due to COVID-19, we are not in the office but will get back to you promptly.
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