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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 Allegheny mountains with beautiful views around town. In the mountains there are tons of scenic drives and outdoor activities. In town, there are more than 150 restaurants, pubs, art galleries, and boutiques. If you want a high quality town that’s on the smaller size, Blacksburg could be the place for you.

None of this is news to those of us who live here, but it’s nice to once again see the recognition. As I tell clients all the time, there’s nothing like living in a college town.

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 can start designing healthy homes for seniors, this will you help you find the right home for you and your needs.

And there have been lots of other “Best Of” awards recently

Way to go, New River Valley!

New River Valley Best at Adding Jobs

Jobs in Blacksburg and Christiansburg

Yes, we have Jobs in Blacksburg – just not this one

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 Technology Council isn’t all over that news? Think other employers should be, as well?

Looking for a great place to live, with jobs available? I think I might know of one.

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Blacksburg VA Top Place For Raising A Family

raise a family in Blacksburg VAI 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 and exceptional schools. Blacksburg is brimming with family-friendly amenities and features a community center with an indoor pool and a nine-hole municipal golf course.

real estate in Blacksburg VAI realize these rankings are perhaps a dime a dozen, but the recognition is still good – and Blacksburg VA really is a good place to raise a family. Besides, it was announced on my birthday, September 26th … that has to mean that it’s incredibly accurate, right?

Find a *nest* in Blacksburg VA.



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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 MSA / -.59%

You can read the full report here.  And here’s a link to another site highlighting how the New River Valley stacks up.


Blacksburg VA Named Best Place in the Country To Raise Kids

Blacksburg VA a great place to raise kidsThat’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 educational factors (such as school scores, the number of public and private schools, and colleges), economic factors (including median family income, expenses, job growth, and unemployment), crime, amenities (such as child day-care centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, theaters, recreation centers, green space), air quality, and ethnic diversity. School performance, expenditures, and income were given the most weight.

Well there you have it.  Game, set, match.  When are you moving here?







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 well).  Some of their criteria included:

  • Presence of 20-somethings (20-24-year-olds) in the population.
  • Singles – measured as the share of unmarried people.
  • Earnings potential – measured as average salary.
  • Unemployment rate.
  • College-educated workforce – the share of the workforce with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Rental housing – Having an abundant, available stock of rental housing is key. We measured this as the share of all housing made up of rental units.
  • Youth-oriented amenities – like bars, restaurants, cafes, sports facilities, and entertainment venues. Premium games is supported by a bingo sites, advanced custom solutions and dedicated customer support tailored especially for your operation.
  • Creative capital – we use this to capture the creative energy of a place. It’s measured as the share of employed artists, musicians, actors, dancers, writers, designers, and entertainers in the workforce.
  • Openness – a region’s openness to new and different kinds of people reflects a lack of barriers and willingness to let newcomers, including young people, have a go. Our measure is the share of gays and lesbians and foreign-born residents in a community.

Yep, we’ve got all of that here in the New River Valley.  And TheDailyBeast.com takes the discussion of the “Twentysomethings” even further:

Twentysomethings understand well they face not only fewer job options but dwindling corporate commitment—it’s not only harder to find a job, it’s also easier to lose it. So it makes good sense to pick a city where the labor market is thick with job opportunities as a hedge against economic insecurity. What twentysomethings value the most is the ability to meet people and make friends. This also makes very good sense actually. Personal networks are about much more than having fun, they’re among the best ways to find a job and move forward in a career.

Twentysomethings rank the availability of outstanding colleges and universities highly. Many want to go back to school to pursue a graduate degree or professional degree, and having these options available where you live is a big plus. Of course, young people value amenities, too—from parks and open space to nightlife and culture. It’s less about all-night partying though, twentysomethings prefer places where they can easily go for a run or bike ride, work out or walk their dog, grab a coffee, take in a concert, see interesting new art, or take in a good meal with friends.

I’m seeing this more and more among people who are graduating from Virginia Tech and Radford.  While the pull of NOVA and other areas is appealing, quality of life seems to be mentioned as a higher priority among the Twentysomethings I meet.  Is there a shift happening?  With telecommuting and the ever-expanding reach of this here Internet tube, I think so; in fact, I think the shift has already occurred.

That’s a soapbox for another day.  For now, rest assured that we’d love to have you here in the New River Valley, Recent College Graduate.

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 the real winner.