Roanoke County honored with economic development award

The International Economic Development Council recognized Roanoke County for the Reimagine 419 plan

The county was recognized for its "Reimagine 419" plan for the Tanglewood Mall

ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke County was recognized by the International Economic Development Council for excellence for its Reimagine 419 plan.

The awards program honors innovative planning and redevelopment initiatives.

In the 419 plan area at Tanglewood Mall, Roanoke County announced 15 new businesses since last year, creating more than 700 jobs and $70 million in capital investment.

“I think it was the multi-year that really had a big impact on the judge’s decision to make this award. We began this process in 2016 and we are just now starting to achieve the results and outcomes from all the work that went into those past several years,” said Jill Loope, Roanoke County Director of Economic Development.

This is the second consecutive year Roanoke County received this award from the IEDC. Roanoke has received six state and national awards in the past two years for the Town of Vinton revitalization and the Reimagine 419 plan.

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Alyssa Rae grew up in Roanoke and graduated from Virginia Tech. An avid sports fan, she spent her first 8 years in TV as a sports anchor and reporter.