Connecting People in the RNR – Nine Reasons to Live Here

Handshake 2.0 brings you edition #36 of Connecting People in the RNR with Stuart Mease.

Stuart Mease describes nine reasons to live in the RNR – the Roanoke and New River Valleys of Virginia.

In his video show, Stuart Mease refers to the Summer 2009 issue of Verve from Carilion Clinic and Moving to the Area from the NewVa Corridor Technology Council, the NCTC.

Stuart Mease was a finalist for the NCTC NewVa Leadership Award 2009.

Stuart Mease writes the blog Connecting People.  You can connect with Stuart in myriad ways both off-line and online, including on Twitter @stuartmease.  Stuart Mease is an organizer of the Roanoke Creative Communities Leadership Project (CCLP) in Virginia.  You can follow the program on Twitter @roanokecreative.  You're invited to read more about Stuart Mease on Handshake 2.0.

Connecting People in the RNR
a video show by Stuart Mease for Handshake 2.0


The opinions expressed by Stuart Mease or of those he interviews are solely their own and are not necessarily shared by Handshake 2.0 or its clients, sponsors, or advertisers.

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  1. Hi Stuart,

    All very good points- when we were looking for a community to call home about 10 years ago, all of these 9 were big factors.

    Two of those factors, low cost of living and low housing cost, allow individuals in our region to take professional risks (such as launching new careers or companies) that would be riskier in locals with higher costs of living and higher housing costs.

    This is a benefit when helping entrepreneurs to take that leap of faith…

    Keep up the good work.


    P.S. Just to give it a top ten feel, I would suggest adding another item- this region is a terrific place to raise a family. The strong moral values in the community coupled with the small town attitude (you mentioned this) are real assets.

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