Connecting People in the RNR – A One-Region Community

Handshake 2.0 brings you edition #25 of Connecting People in the RNR with Stuart Mease.

In his discussion of joining the Roanoke and New River Valleys of Virginia into a one-region community, Stuart refers to this 5/7/09 post on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks, Regional Economic Development for the High-Tech Economy,  "MSAs" – Metropolitan Statistical Areas - and Richard Florida's, Who's Your City?

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Stuart Mease is an organizer of the Roanoke Creative Communities Leadership Project (CCLP) in Virginia.  You can follow the program on Twitter @roanokecreative.


"RNR" refers to the Roanoke Valley and the New River Valley of Virginia.

Stuart Mease writes the blog Connecting People.  On Stuart Mease's about page, you can find myriad ways to connect with him online and offline.  You can find out more about Stuart Mease on Handshake 2.0.

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  1. Greetings,
    One major advantage for our region working together as a region as well as being viewed as one region is critical mass. Slightly different prespective from Stuart’s comments regarding econ. development…
    Those of us who start high-tech businesses require resources (people, expertise, facilities, innovation, $, etc) from NRV, RV and the surrounding areas. The NCTC has done a fantastic job of linking the technology folks in the region. Having access to these resources mentioned above at precisely the right time makes all the difference in successful business/product development and ultimately the business.
    Knowing the experts and those who have “been there and done that” in our region is critical. Linking together these resources throughout the region is not trivial (but keeps me busy). I recommend becoming active in the NCTC as a good first step-

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