Aug 07

Roanoke Recap – Aug. 7, 2020

Posted on August 7, 2020 at 12:25 PM by Melinda Mayo

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City Launches Financial Empowerment Center

The City of Roanoke, in partnership with the national Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) and Freedom First Enterprises, has opened Roanoke’s Financial Empowerment Center (FEC), offering professional, one-on-one financial counseling and coaching as a no-cost public service to local residents. At the Roanoke FEC, professionally trained counselors help individuals and families manage their finances, pay down debt, increase savings, establish and build credit, and access safe and affordable mainstream banking products. Learn more here.

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City, VA811 Hold Dedication, Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Shared Facility

On Thursday, Aug. 6, the City of Roanoke and Virginia 811 (VA811) held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Communications Center that houses the city’s E-911 Center and the VA811 Contact Center. Located at 1830 Blue Hills Circle (in the Roanoke Centre for Industry and Technology), the facility creates a culture that promotes innovative thinking, information sharing, and an increased awareness and interaction with our community. To find out more, click here.

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'Color Your Corner' Contest Seeks Entries to Promote Pedestrian Safety

Here’s your chance to get some street-art cred. As part of the newly launched “Every Corner is a Crosswalk” pedestrian safety campaign, the City of Roanoke is seeking entries for the “Color Your Corner” pedestrian safety art contest. "Color Your Corner" seeks to re-imagine traffic signal cabinets to raise awareness that in Virginia every corner is a crosswalk, whether it’s painted or not. Artists of all ages are invited to submit designs, and winners will have their artwork placed as a vinyl wrap over an intersection signal cabinet. More information can be found here. 

Jul 24

Roanoke Recap – July 24, 2020

Posted on July 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM by Melinda Mayo

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City Launches Pedestrian Safety Campaign

Last week, the City of Roanoke launched a pedestrian safety campaign: “Every Corner is a Crosswalk.” The goal is for people who drive to follow the law and stop for pedestrians at painted and un-painted crosswalks, and for pedestrians to be predictable by crossing at the corner or a designated crosswalk throughout Roanoke. The campaign launched Monday, but officially kicked off with a Facebook Live virtual event on Friday, and continues through Sept. 4. More information is available here.

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Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Recognizes Star City Reads as Pacesetter Finalist

This week, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced that it is recognizing Roanoke’s Star City Reads initiative as a Pacesetter Finalist for its work in 2019. Roanoke is a Pacesetter Finalist for the community’s work around improving children’s health outcomes. Roanoke Public Libraries’ 2019 partnership with Carilion Children’s Jefferson Pediatric Clinic and the City of Roanoke Department of Human/Social Services, called "Feed, Read, and Grow," was highlighted in the 2019 designation. Click here to learn more.

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Jul 10

Roanoke Recap - July 10, 2020

Posted on July 10, 2020 at 9:17 AM by Melinda Mayo

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City Proclaims 2020 'The Year of Color, Light, and Motion' in Honor of Gillespie

The Taubman Museum of Art is hosting a special exhibit through July 26—Celestial Centennial: The Art and Legacy of Dorothy Gillespie—in honor of the 100th anniversary of the renowned artist's Roanoke birth. The exhibit was funded in part by a City grant through the Roanoke Arts Commission.  On, July 3, the Museum released a video proclamation read by Vice-Mayor Joe Cobb, designating 2020 as “The Year of Color, Light, and Motion,” in honor of Ms. Gillespie’s career and body of work. 

Star City Strong Recovery Fund Task Force to Hold Public Input Meeting

Would you like to help the City decide how to spend about $5 million? Well, now’s your chance! The City has identified funds to support the community in its efforts for recovery from COVID-19-related issues, and to bolster its long-term resiliency to similar disruptions. Funding will come from a combination of local and federal funds set aside for COVID-19 responses. On Tuesday, July 14, at 7 p.m., the Star City Strong Recovery Task Force will host a public comment opportunity for citizens to share their thoughts about how the money should be spent. To join the conversation, sign up with the City Clerk by 4 p.m. on July 14 by email at or by phone at 540-853-2541.  More information about the role of the Task Force is available here

DMV Select Adjusts Hours at Municipal Building

DMV Select, located in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, has adjusted its operating hours. Customers may now utilize DMV Select services Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. More information can be found here