Local Business and Economic Development

The Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority has been recognized nationally as the “Local Project of the Year.” That happened last week at The Broadband Communities Conference in Austin, Texas. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice cited the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority for a “state of the art open-access fiber system,” that has also been “a driver for regional economic development.” There is a 95 mile fiber optic network in place to date. Frank Smith is president and CEO for the Authority:


You might say construction at Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Vinton has reached the homestretch. The offtrack and historic horse racing parlor is shooting for an early May opening.  The Historic Horse racing machines look and operate like slot machines. Bettors wouldn’t know where and when those actual races took place.This morning marketing director Nate Mize with the Colonial Downs group demonstrated how betting on historic horse racing will work:

Tay Whiteside in a photo from his Facebook

An annual dinner benefiting Family Services of the Roanoke Valley features local celebrities trying their best to wait tables at the Shenandoah Club. WFIR’s Ian Price has more on tomorrow night’s Celebrity Tip-Off:

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