Expansion Management magazine's February 2007 issue named Roanoke one of its 50 Hottest Cities for attracting expanding companies in the US for the sixth time.
According to a 2007 study conducted by Dr. Ronald Pollina, an economist, the Commonwealth of Virginia holds the number 1 ranking among "Pro-Business States." The study covered 28 factors, including taxes, human resources, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, infrastructure spending, worker compensation and jobs gained or lost.
The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center received the prestigious Doubletree Pride Award in March 2007 for outstanding performance in 2006. The award is based on physical condition, cleanliness, brand compliance, guest satisfaction, guest loyalty, and 12 key service indicators.
Roanoke has been rated in the top 5 areas nationwide for retirees, according to the 2007 Best Cities report published in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.
According to an analysis by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center published in Education Week, Virginia children are more likely to experience success throughout life than the average child born in the US. Virginia ranked first after 13 indicators, from a child's family income to adult educational achievement, were considered.
Two awards were received by City of Roanoke neighborhood organizations at the 2007 Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference. Old Southwest, Inc won Organization of the Year and The Hurt Park Healthy Living Program won Project of the Year Award.
Once again, the Center for Digital Government has named the City of Roanoke a Leading Digital City. Roanoke ranked second in the nation for 2007 in its population category of 75,000 to 124,999.