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Roanoke Regional Airport commission votes to change airport name

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On Tuesday, the Roanoke Regional Airport commission voted to change the airport's name. Beginning in 2014, Roanoke's airport will be known as Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport.

Airport officials say the name change reflects the growing partnership between the Roanoke Valley and the New River Valley. Roanoke Regional Airport Executive Director, Jacqueline Shuck, said 30% of the airport's travelers come from the NRV area. Overall. the airport serves 19 counties in Virginia and West Virginia. 

"The leadership in both areas understand that the economic future of our region and the success of our region is tied to the two areas working more closely together" said Cynthia Lawrence, Chair Roanoke Regional Airport Commission.

Lawrence said the name change will highlight the growing partnerships between Virginia Tech and the Research Institute along with VTC medical school. They hope changing the name to Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport helps bring in more people from surrounding areas as attract an international clientele.

"The medical research and the medical school that is occurring here in the Roanoke Valley is bringing people in from all over the globe" said Lawrence.

Airport officials are hoping to incorporate the new name into the sign that was just updated about a year ago. According to a press release, the airport's International Airport code will remain ROA. The legal name will also include Woodrum Field. The updated name change will gradually appear on signs and advertisements. Airport Executive Director, Jacqueline Shuck, said the cost of the changes are unknown at this time, She adds that the name change would not come at the expense of taxpayers.

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