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Virginia's Roanoke Region revs up its growth engines

Oct 31, 2022


Centrally located on the East Coast among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the Roanoke Region in Virginia is among the most dynamic economies in the United States, attracting a diverse range of industries from banking, health care, life sciences and technology to transportation and logistics and manufacturing. Its share of employment in manufacturing exceeds the national average. Coupled with a large talent pool, the region is primed for business.

With 25 colleges, universities and higher education institutions, the Roanoke region in Virginia is confident of its capability to become an important growth center in the United States.

“We have a strong engine for talent. There are 25 colleges, universities and higher education institutions,” said Roanoke Regional Partnership Executive Director John Hull. “We have training programs that support our industry diversity, and businesses regularly partner with nearby institutions to support workforce needs. We have the assets to support a diverse base of industry and employment.”

As its unique competitive advantage, the Roanoke Region promotes the mechatronics program, developed by Virginia Western Community College, to build a workforce with industry-specific skills in automated manufacturing, electrical equipment and industrial controls. This tremendous asset has supported the likes of Mack Trucks, Dynax America and Yokohama Tire, all of which are companies in the automotive manufacturing field.

Visit www.roanoke.org to learn more about doing business in the Roanoke Region of Virginia.

U.S. East Coast 2022 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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