2004

  • Expansion Magazine's January 3, 2004, issue named Roanoke as one of the fifty hottest cities for expansions and relocations. It ranked at number 37.
  • Roanoke was ranked 39 of 276 metropolitan areas by Inc. Magazine's March 2004 Top 25 Cities for Doing Business in America in the Most Balanced Economy and Growth category.
  • In the publication, Cities Ranked and Rated for 2004, Roanoke was listed at 11th in the nation. When asked, the authors stated, these areas have favorable business climates, leading to favorable economic circumstances for their residents. They are physically attractive and have good climates. They also tend to be socially and politically progressive, considerate of their futures but also of their past. All of these things work together to create an environment conducive to better living.
  • The city of Roanoke's manager, Darlene Burcham, was recognized as a "Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver" by Government Technology Magazine. The people selected "implemented innovative ideas that improved citizen services and public safety - and they did so with cost-effectiveness demanded by current budget realities".
  • Doubletree Hotels awarded the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center its top award for Number One Property in the brand in the country. The hotel also won the Care Cup award (2003), certifying the property as number 1 in customer feedback, and a Pride Award (2000-2004) as well as a Circle of Excellence Award (1999-2004).
  • For 9 years in a row, Roanoke has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
  • Partners for Livable Communities, a nonprofit leadership organization, honored Roanoke as one of America's most livable cities for striking a "careful balance" between business development and the natural environment. Cited in the award were the planned as one of America's most livable cities for striking a "careful balance" between business development and the natural environment. Cited in the award were the planned Riverside Centre for Research & Technology, the Warehouse Row technology center, the , the Warehouse Row technology center, the O. Winston Link Museum and the plans for a new art museum.
  • The restoration of the bell tower and front facade of Fire Station #1 has been selected as one of the American Public Works Association's (APWA) Projects of the Year 2004 in the historic preservation category.
  • The Hilton Hotels Connie Award was given to the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in 2003.
  • The National Citizens Police Academy Association (NCPAA) named the Roanoke Police Department Citizen Police Academy the 2004 Agency of the Year.
  • The New Century Venture Center was named the recipient of the National Business Incubation Association's 2004 Randall M Whaley International Incubator of the Year Award.
  • Roanoke Citizen, the city's magazine, has won the Savvy Award, first place, in the newsletter/magazine category from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA).
  • Expansion Management magazine's July 2004 Second Annual Mayor's Challenge for site selectors choosing a location ranked the Roanoke Valley as 40th in the nation overall in its 6 major categories of public education, college-educated work force, health care costs and availability, quality of life, logistics infrastructure and government taxes and spending.
  • The Center for Digital Government's 2004 Digital Cities Survey named Roanoke the fifth most efficient city in using technology to serve citizens.
  • The Roanoke MSA was named one of Expansion Management magazine's "America's 50 Hottest Cities" for manufacturing for the fifth time. Business climate, work force quality, operating costs, incentive programs, among others, were considered.
  • The DiRoNa Award for one of the best international restaurants in the world has been given to the Regency Room at the Hotel Roanoke & 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.