Tag: best of list

Blacksburg VA Named A Top College Town

I’m woefully behind on this news, but Blacksburg has once again been named a “Best” Town in America, this time by BestCollegeReviews.com. From the site: Blacksburg is home to Virginia Tech, Radford University, and a number of large employers. With close to two students for every non-student, Blacksburg is definitely centered around college life. Though small, the town is forward thinking, as the home to Blacksburg Electronic Village (BEV) since 1991. BEV and close proximity to high quality graduates make Blacksburg an ideal location for tech firms. As far as creature comforts, Blacksburg is situated between the Blue Ridge and …

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Retiring? The New River Valley Might Suit You Well

Blacksburg – and the New River Valley – have just been named to another “Best” list. Where to Retire magazine just published an article, seen below, naming Blacksburg a great place to retire. I don’t know about the retirement part, but I can certainly say it’s a great place to live, and I’ve worked with a lot of folks over the last 10 years who’ve moved back here for many of the reasons mentioned in the article. When thinking about retirement don’t forget to also start looking into assisted living communities, it’s never to early to plan your future. Here you …

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New River Valley Best at Adding Jobs

I’m late to this information – like, TWO MONTHS late – but that’s okay … the news as it relates to jobs in the Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford area is still good. As announced December 21st on MSN Money, the Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford area of Virginia was the number two ranked city (Blacksburg and Christiansburg are both towns, but you get the idea) in the country for adding jobs in 2012. Let that sink in – more jobs were created, by percentage increase, in only one place elsewhere in the country than the New River Valley, which saw a 7.17% increase in 2012. Think the Roanoke-Blacksburg …

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Blacksburg VA Top Place For Raising A Family

I know I’m woefully behind on posting this, but I checked – to be sure – and the ranking is still there. That’s right … Blacksburg VA was named by Homes.com as the #1 “city” (I say “city” because we’re technically a Town) in the country to raise a family.  From the post: In 2011, Business Week named Blacksburg the “Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids.” Home to Virginia Tech, Moog Inc. and the National Weather Service, Blacksburg has a great educational base as well as plenty of economic opportunities. The city is known for its affordable living costs, low crime rates …

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Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford Third in Job Creation

I can’t speak to the specifics of the data, but the news from the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance is that for 2011, the New River Valley (Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford MSA) ranked third nationally in job creation for 2011, with a 5.32% increase in jobs.  The Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford MSA ranked first among Virginia MSAs, as well as first among other university communities. THAT’S good news, folks.  Other VA MSA’s were also ranked, including: Charlottesville MSA / +3.03% Winchester MSA / +2.93% Harrisonburg MSA / +1.61% Lynchburg MSA / +1.o7% Danville MSA / +1.03% Richmond MSA / +.43% Virginia Beach MSA / -.21% Roanoke …

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Blacksburg VA Named Best Place in the Country To Raise Kids

That’s right – little ‘ole Blacksburg, home to Virginia Tech, was named the best place in the country to raise kids, according to Business Week.  Fair Housing laws prevent me from talking about whether a community is “family-friendly” or not, but certainly I can report the news, can’t I? From the article: With help from Bloomberg Rankings, Businessweek.com evaluated 4,169 places with a crime index less than 10 percent above the national average, populations between 1,000 and 50,000 people, and median family income within 20 percent of the state median, using data from real estate information firm Onboard Informatics. We evaluated …

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Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford A Best Place for College Grads

A friend of mine recently graduated from Radford’s Nursing program. She said – rather matter-of-factly – that 90% of her graduating class did not have a job. Here I thought health care was THE field to be in, and she’s saying that 9 out of 10 graduates can’t find work. Welcome to the working world, class of 2010. But there’s good news, particularly if you’re looking for a place to relocate. CreativeClass.com just named the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area a Top 25 “Best Place” for recent college graduates (it should be noted our neighbors to the east and north were noted, as …

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Blacksburg Again Named to a “Best” List

Once again, Blacksburg and the New River Valley have been named to a nationwide “best” list … Last month, Forbes Magazine put out their “Best Small Places for Business and Careers“, and Blacksburg came in at #31 out of 179 rated throughout the country.  Areas of measurement included the Cost of Doing Business, Projected Job Growth, and Educational Attainment.  Other places in VA that were ranked were Charlottesville (#11), Winchester (#37) and Danville (#157).  It should be noted, I think, that while Blacksburg is the area mentioned, the entire metro area of the Roanoke AND New River Valleys combined is …

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Blacksburg Makes Another National List

In Forbes’ annual report on some of the best places to do business, Blacksburg ranks 18th in 2007, ahead of Charlottesville – proof positive that the New River Valley is where it’s at!  Winchester was the other VA city under 151000 residents that made the Top 50.  Check out the full report here.

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