The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs are riding a hot streak as they head into tonight’s home game against the Knoxville Ice Bears – the Dawgs earned 5 of a possible 6 points with two wins and an overtime loss last week. The Rail Yard Dawgs have beaten several of the top teams in the Southern Professional Hockey League lately – but head coach San Ftorek’s squad has not yet beaten Knoxville. Hear more from the coach below:
The Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount announced its 2017 lineup today, which includes headliners like Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Barenaked Ladies and Charlie Daniels. The town of Rocky Mount owns the Harvester; CEO Matt Hankins says the 3-year-old venue expects to turn a small profit. Hankins is also the assistant town manager for Rocky Mount. He says good word-of-mouth from artists that have played at the Harvester has resulted in numerous referrals.
The Roanoke Regional Partnership has launched its newest 5-year plan to bring economic development to the next level – a $3.3 million public-private campaign called “Accelerate 2022.” Beth Doughty is the Partnership’s executive director. She says first and foremost is a focus on retaining and attracting talented people to the region. 8 localities and more than 200 businesses are supporting “Accelerate 2022” – which has also set goals for new jobs and investment levels:
A monthly publication that debuted in 2008 reached a milestone this month: Valley Business Front has released its 100th issue. “The Front” profiles businesses and the people behind them in the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Valley Business Front outlasted a challenge from Roanoke Business magazine; the Virginia Chamber of Commerce-backed monthly publication folded last month after three years. Tom Field is The Front publisher: