Local Business and Economic Development
Free parking in downtown garages and surface lots on two Saturdays, and special deals at more than 30 eateries. Downtown Roanoke’s 2022 edition of “Restaurant Week,” returns beginning January 21st. The story from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
See link below for menus and special deals:
Founded a year ago, the Latinas Network in Roanoke has grown from 3 to more than 300 members – a support system for local Latina businesswomen and entrepreneurs. We recently told you about the Network’s one year anniversary celebration; now WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on the Latinas Network, “In Depth”:
State transportation officials are taking one of the next steps needed to extend passenger service to the New River Valley by 2025: determining exactly where the station will be. And they are asking the public for their ideas. This comes after Virginia signed an agreement with Norfolk Southern last spring to purchase one of the two rail lines between Roanoke and the Christiansburg area. But there is no usable station in the NRV area along these particular tracks, so state officials have created an on-line survey to help consider four options. A public meeting is also planned for some time this winter. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:
Click here to participate in the survey.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of opponents of a natural gas pipeline rallied on Saturday in Virginia’s capital in advance of an upcoming key regulatory decision.
The Virginia State Water Control Board is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to allow construction of portions of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in wetlands and across over 200 Virginia waterways, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
The Rev. William Barber, a North Carolina-based civil rights leader, told the crowd at Byrd Park that projects like the proposed pipeline are “an abusive sin” that would harm the poor.
The planned 303-mile (488-kilometer) mile pipeline will take natural gas drilled from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations and transport it through West Virginia and Virginia. A 75-mile extension into central North Carolina is also proposed.
Mountain Valley Pipeline spokesperson Natalie Cox called Barber’s message that the project is sinful “an uninformed and unproductive comment.” The pipeline, Cox added, is “designed to provide reliable, affordable, clean-burning natural gas to homes and businesses in Virginia and throughout the eastern United States.”
The proposed North Carolina extension took a hit earlier this month when Virginia’s State Air Pollution Control Board voted against a permit for a gas compressor station located in a county that borders North Carolina.
Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Vinton showed off its $28 million expansion today, one that includes much more than additional gaming space. The expansion more than doubles the size and almost triples capacity at Rosie’s, which opened two and a half years ago. Officials say it allows for 350 more games, ones not seen there before. Beyond that, Rosie’s has a new large circular bar and a sound stage to hold up to six musicians. Outside, there is a new parking ramp to handle the increased capacity. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:
Photos: Ian Price