Vinton is another small town rolling out a new initiative to bring folks and new businesses to the area.
Vinton just received a grant to help revitalize the downtown, and are looking into building a new library. The program will help market the area to attract more people and hopefully new businesses. It will also help market the war memorial as a tourist attraction.
Vinton we support partnership for anybody the money you spend in your community stays in your community especially if you are focused on locally owned businesses," says town manager Chris Lawrence.
Officials say many businesses compete with other stores in nearby Roanoke, and hope more people will start shopping locally.