2006

  • Delicious Living magazine selected Roanoke as a 2006 impressive city for its environmental friendliness. Specifically mentioned were the city's efforts to revitalize its neighborhoods through programs such as Southeast by Design, its encouragement of environment-friendly architecture, and its C2C competition for the latest in green-building design.
  • The Roanoke Times was first in the country among the 106 largest MSAs in percentage of total adults in its area reading a newspaper on weekdays, according to Scarborough's "Ranker Report". The newspaper ranked tenth (10th) in the country for the percentage of adults reading an average Sunday issue.
  • For fiscal year 2005-2006, the total value of construction in the city was $318,566,047.19, a new record. This amount was 67.96% more than fiscal year 2004-2005, when the total was $189,669,636.14.
  • The Roanoke metro area was given Expansion Management magazine's highest ranking, 5 stars, for the overall quality of the area's public schools in May 2006.
  • In June 2006, the Roanoke MSA was awarded 5 stars for its quality of life by Expansion Management magazine.
  • Expansion Management's 2006 Mayor's Challenge named Roanoke as one of its 4-Star Business Opportunities Metros in August 2006.
  • Parks and Recreation's Youth Services has been awarded the 2006 State Neighborhood Youth Group Effort of the Year Award at the Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference for its work on the city's first Comprehensive Youth Plan. The plan's goal is for Roanoke youth to thrive, and encourages all Roanoke citizens and organizations touching youths' lives to take ownership and commit to the spirit, focus areas and actions it defines.
  • Virginia was named the Best State for Business by Forbes.com in the US. Virginia ranked in the top 10 in all 6 major categories including business costs, economic climate, growth prospects, labor, quality of life and regulatory environment. No other state scored in the top 10 in more than 3 categories.
  • The Roanoke metro was named a 4-star logistics metro by Expansion Management magazine for its transportation network in October 2006.
  • For the fifth time in 6 years, the Center for Digital Government has named the City of Roanoke as a Top Digital City. For 2006, Roanoke tied with Ogden City, Utah, in its population category.