News from the Roanoke Regional Partnership
News from the Roanoke Regional Partnership

Partnership Launching Regional Recovery Project

Where do we go from here? The Roanoke Regional Recovery Project is designed to address that question.
The Roanoke Regional Partnership received GO Virginia funding to rapidly engage regional companies to assist with immediate recovery and build future resilience in response to the economic downturn due to COVID-19. The Roanoke Regional Partnership will collaboratively work with its eight local governments, higher education institutions regional agencies, business associations, and other organizations to focus on the sectors at the heart of our region’s economy — advanced manufacturing, healthcare, technology, and food and beverage.

Don't Miss Out on Opportunity Zones

You didn’t miss your chance if you didn’t participate in the July 16 webinar on Opportunity Zones from the Roanoke Regional Partnership.
The 90-minute webinar and supporting information are available to watch and download.
The webinar started with a presentation from Rebecca Richardson of Opportunity Virginia, the statewide marketplace for OZ investing, and covered the benefits of OZ projects to investors. Each of the six local governments with zones reviewed the location, character, and investment opportunities of their zones.
Alleghany County, Covington, Franklin County, Roanoke, Roanoke County, and Salem have one or more Opportunity Zones, which is an investment program created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 allowing for tax advantages on capital gains for certain investments in designated zones.

Fleetwood Homes to Create 60 Jobs in Franklin County

Governor Ralph Northam announced that Fleetwood Homes, a leading homebuilder and maker of manufactured homes, plans to invest $2.1 million, including $700,000 in new equipment, to renovate and expand its Rocky Mount facility. The project will create 60 new jobs in Franklin County.
“At a time when we are focused on the Commonwealth’s road to economic recovery," said Governor Northam, "we welcome these new jobs and look forward to seeing Fleetwood Homes continue to grow and succeed in Southern Virginia.”
Fleetwood Homes is a subsidiary of Cavco Industries, Inc., a national builder of manufactured homes, modular homes, park model RVs, commercial buildings, and vacation cabins. Fleetwood Homes has been in Franklin County since 1968 and currently employs 146 people. Rocky Mount is one of seven Fleetwood Homes locations in the United States.

In Support of Talent

The talent solutions team at the Roanoke Regional Partnership is developing a strong series of programs that can survive COVID-19. That can be delivered in whatever environment we find ourselves for the rest of 2020.
On the heels of this summer’s wildly successful virtual Experience Leadership Institute for college students and recent graduates, the Partnership will meet the demand for more programming to this audience of future workers with a winter session. 
Experience Leadership and Experience Outside, professional development and networking programs, are continuing virtually and in socially distanced settings. A virtual job fair is also slated for the fall.
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