More than 100 business leaders attend Roanoke Regional Chamber discussion

ROANOKE, Va. – The Roanoke Regional Chamber is shining a light on the state of the region.

The chamber hosted a number of panel discussions on Tuesday on topics from gun violence to arts and entertainment.

10 News anchor John Carlin moderated one of the discussions with leaders from Roanoke Outdoors, the Taubman Museum of Art, and the Salem Red Sox.

All three said there is a need for public and private funding to keep the region thriving, unique, and a place people want to live and visit.

“We can’t rely solely on local governments to take care of all of this,” said Pete Eshelman, the Director of Outdoor Branding at the Roanoke Regional Partnership. “They’re all public assets so naturally people think about that. But we really need the private sector to be willing to also step up and recognize that they benefit from these outdoor assets as well.”

The event was held at the Vinton War Memorial and attended by more than a hundred local business leaders.

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Alli Graham came aboard the digital team as an evening digital content producer in June 2022.

John Carlin co-anchors the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WSLS 10.