Roanoke County to host regional economic summit [repost]


Roanoke County will host a regional economic summit next month where area officials plan to discuss the region’s strengths, challenges and opportunities.

According to a news release, the summit will focus on the region’s economic future and include elected officials from around the Roanoke Valley. It will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the county’s Green Ridge Recreation Center.

The special meeting was requested by Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Altizer. In the news release, Altizer said he views the summit as a chance to broaden the area’s economic development possibilities.

“As a member of the Board of Supervisors, it is important to me to seek out every opportunity to bring more growth and jobs to the Valley,” he said in a statement. “By bringing other localities to the table, we’ll have a chance to learn from each other and to see if there are any opportunities to work more collaboratively for the betterment of our region.”

Elected officials and staff from Botetourt, Franklin and Montgomery counties, along with the cities of Roanoke and Salem, and the town of Vinton have been invited.

John Rhodes will serve as the evening’s keynote speaker. Rhodes is a senior principal with Moran, Stahl & Boyer, an economic development consulting firm based in Florida. Rhodes will discuss the composition of a healthy local economy.

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