ROANOKE, Va. — Ten years after the first students helped to transform the former headquarters of the Norfolk and Western Railway, the Roanoke Higher Education Center says its annual economic impact in western Virginia exceeds 30-million dollars.
The center now offers 200 programs of study through a dozen partners, including many of Virginia’s leading public and private universities. It is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an Open House Thursday night.
The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission conducted the economic study, surveying current students, alumni and partner institutions. The report calculates the center’s economic impact at close to 32 million dollars, and says the center supports more than 300 jobs in the Roanoke Valley.