Feb 19

Roanoke Recap – Feb. 19, 2021

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 2:03 PM by Melinda Mayo

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City of Roanoke to Host 'Roanoke Valley Saves Week'

During the week of Feb. 22–26, the City of Roanoke is encouraging the Roanoke Valley community to participate in "Roanoke Valley Saves Week." Bank On Roanoke Valley will be offering area residents resources and support with educational tools, free online programs, and financial incentives. Participants will also be encouraged to take the America Saves Savings Pledge. To register for the online programs, use this link. For more details about this initiative, click here.

City Opens Online Applications for CARES Act Funding

Online applications are now open for the next round of CARES Act funding in 2021, through the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program. Funds may be used to address homelessness, human services, or economic development initiatives directly associated with the prevention, preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.

City Launches Crystal Spring E-Branch Library

In case you missed it, on Feb. 8 the City of Roanoke held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Crystal Spring E-Branch Library. Located at 229 Crystal Spring Ave., the E-Branch is Roanoke's first 24-hour, 7-day-a-week library. It was only in recent years that innovative technology brought the option for this neighborhood branch: The LibDispenser. This revolutionary device, created by MK Solutions, a company based out of Germany, is the first of its kind anywhere in Virginia. Below is a photo of the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Read more about the new E-Branch here. 

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Feb 05

Roanoke Recap – Feb. 5, 2021

Posted on February 5, 2021 at 11:49 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Blue Hills Communications Center Earns APWA Recognition

The City of Roanoke and VA811 announced this week that the American Public Works Association (APWA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter has selected the Blue Hills Communications Center project to receive an Honorable Mention for the 2021 APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s Project of the Year Award for the category of Structures $5-$25 Million. Read more here

Arts Collaboration Releases “We Are Art” Rap Cypher

A collaboration of the Roanoke Public Libraries, the Roanoke Arts Commission, the Grandin Theatre, and the Feeding Southwest Virginia Community Solutions Center has led to the creation of the “We Are Art” rap cypher. The film was released today, Feb. 5, and can be seen on the Roanoke Public Libraries Facebook page and YouTube page. The project is a celebration of black culture through a staple in the hip hop culture: rap cyphers.

Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board Holds February Meeting

On Feb. 4, the City of Roanoke hosted its second Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board Meeting via Zoom. The meeting was recorded can be viewed on the City's YouTube channel.  To learn more about this board, click this link.    

Parks and Recreation Offers Winter Programs

Click this link to see a full list of the recreation programs and activities offered by Roanoke Parks and Recreation in February.  


Jan 22

Roanoke Recap – Jan. 22, 2021

Posted on January 22, 2021 at 12:39 PM by Melinda Mayo

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Federal Paycheck Protection Program Reopens

The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the federal Paycheck Protection Program, the forgivable loan to help businesses survive during COVID-19. Applications must be submitted to a bank or other lender, not directly to the SBA. Previous recipients are eligible for a second loan.  Click here for more information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Virginia Department of Health continues to vaccinate residents in Phase 1A, and has begun to vaccinate those in Phase 1B. On Jan. 14, the Governor expanded eligibility for Phase 1B to include residents over the age of 65 and those with serious medical conditions. The response of eligible residents wanting the vaccination has been overwhelming, and VDH is working hard to receive enough doses to keep up with the demand. However, they have not yet received a large enough supply of vaccine doses to accommodate everyone in this Phase.  

VDH asks for your patience as the vaccination process unfolds. More clinics are coming, and VDH is committed to see that everyone who wants the vaccine gets it.  The best way to stay up to date on local vaccine distribution is to follow the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts’ Facebook page or listen to local media outlets for updated information.

Information About the Vaccine and the Distribution Process

  • Frequently Asked Questions posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website