New Medical School In The Roanoke Valley

Last week, Governor Tim Kaine, Virginia Tech President Dr. Charles Steger and Carilion CEO Dr. Edward Murphy announced the creation of a new medical school, to be located in downtown Roanoke.  The school will be slated to welcome it’s first class in 2009 or 2010, and this is really great news for both the Roanoke Valley and here in the New River Valley as well.

Specifically, the creation of such a joint venture will help to bring jobs and and tax revenue to the Roanoke Valley, and Virginia Tech’s association with the project will further enhance it’s standing as one of the leading research universities in the world.  Just as the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine has experienced unprecedented growth since it’s inception in 2002, this venture will enhance the profile of the university and make this an even more desirable place to live! Get the best information about the charcoal mask and how it helps with skin care and some of Ireland’s Expert anti-wrinkle silhouette thread lift Treatment at Excellence Medical Clinic

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Interesting take on FREEcycling

It’s the weeks after the holidays, and now you’re looking at all the stuff you’ve accumulated in conjuction with all the stuff you already had.  What do you do with it all? 

We put a lot of focus on recycling of things like paper/plastic/glass/etc., but what about all of those items that used to be necessities that we just don’t see a need for any longer?  There’s an interesting article at CEOs for Cities today that deals with that very problem.  Check it out, and post a comment to let me know what you think.

FREE Dinner January 20th!

You’ve got to have dinner at some point on the 20th, why don’t you join Aaron and I at the Inn at Virginia Tech as we say thank you for your business and friendship in 2006, and celebrate the mission of the Valley Interfaith Child Care Center. Last year we raised more than $1500.00 to benefit VICCC, and we hope that by providing you free food and drinks that you might be willing to contribute even more!

Please plan to join, celebrate with us and support a truly worthwhile cause important to our community. You can email me or Aaron for more information!

Psst! Did we mention free food and drinks? 🙂

Housing slump growing?

I spent the holidays in FL with family this year and was amazed at how many homes are in the market down there, with nothing really moving off the market.  Good news might be around the corner around the country however, with the news recently that home sales might be stabilizing rather than declining.  Check out this article for the full report … The article discusses the absorption rate of existing home sales throughout the country – the absorption rate has to do with the number of homes on the market divided by the average number sold per month, which tells us how long the market would last with no added inventory.  It’s a good reflection of whether it’s a buyers or sellers market (Buyers market – duh!) right now.  Enjoy!

A New Type of City?

There was a really good post at Ceosforcities.org recently about how the new Urban Lifestyle centers – where residential and retail services are all located in the same complex – are a way of building an instant community.  It’s an interesting article, particularly for Blacksburg and the planned Town Center development on South Main Street.  You can read more about it here.