The DiRoNa Award for one of the best international restaurants in the world has been given to the Regency Room at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center every year from 2002 to 2005.
The Center for Digital Government has chosen Roanoke as the top digital city in its population category of 75,000 to 124,999 for the fourth time out of 5 years. The city was recognized for its citizen friendly website and offering free downtown wireless Internet service.
Business Facilities magazine, in its November 2005 issue, named Roanoke, Virginia, as a High-Tech Haven, meaning a location with the necessary tools to help a high-tech company prosper.
The city of Roanoke received an overall rating of 100 out of 100 for the implementation of its Lead Hazard Control program during the period of July through September 2005. This rating was received from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control.
On September 22, 2005, Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta announced the Blue Ridge Parkway would be an All-American Road and Nation Scenic Byway, joining the America's Byways (tm) collection.