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Tour encourages businesses to fill more office space in Downtown Roanoke

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DOWNTOWN ROANOKE -

Encouraging people to shop, eat, and live in Downtown Roanoke is all a part of Downtown Roanoke Inc.'s mission. Now, they are targeting moving businesses into office space.

DRI showed business leaders 600,000 square feet of space during their office tour and panel discussion.

They hope by showing existing company's that have done well in the area, they'll help get more people to work downtown.

"The goal here,  is to raise the profile of Downtown Roanoke as a business location," DRI Economic Development Specialist, Price Gusthall says.

Price Gutshall tells us that in the 1990's, Downtown Roanoke had about 12,000 employees working in the area. Now, the number has increased  15,000 employees.

There's also a 7% vacancy rate, which Gutshall says means there's still plenty of room for future growth.

"You have great office space. Office space you can't find outside of downtown market." Gutshall says.

Pam Banks says she's can't imagine not working in Downtown Roanoke.

"I love working downtown. There's a variety of people, businesses, and I get to do a little shopping sometimes," Pam Banks says.

She says she remembers a time when most of the buildings had "For Lease" signs in the windows. She's happy to see much fewer of those.

"I'm glad everything's moving back downtown," Smith says.

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