In a 21st century global economy where innovation, talent, and entrepreneurial culture matter, our region has many of the key ingredients needed to succeed. We have one of the highest concentrations of colleges and universities per capita to supply skilled talent, top-tier research, and a thriving technology community. Combine this with an amazing quality of place and endless amenities and the result is a region with two valleys linked by a mountain of assets.
For over two years, more than 100 business, education, and community leaders crafted a strategy on how to harness the region’s assets, positioning them for growth by making targeted investments in four critical areas. This work generated a strategic roadmap entitled the Innovation Blueprint
and served as the catalyst for the formation of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Innovation Network. Executing in these four areas, we are aligning our energy and resources in ways to turn ideas into enterprises and support the growth of a regional innovation ecosystem.
We realize that being poised for growth is not enough. We need to proactively and effectively capitalize on opportunities that come from having a network of well-connected entrepreneurs, organizations, and resources. While this may not be easy, the time is right and the consequences of inaction are significant. Targeted investments build on our competitive strengths and fill critical gaps, positioning the region to compete on a global scale. More importantly, these investments are designed to make incredible things happen for individuals, companies, and our community.