Nellie’s Cave Road

View from Nellie's Cave Road, Blacksburg, Virginia 

View from Nellie's Cave Road, Blacksburg, Virginia

Photo credit:  Steve Jacobs

Steve Jacobs is an optometrist, photographer, and philanthropist in the New River Valley of Virginia.  Two groups close to his heart are the Valley Interfaith Child Care Center (VICCC) and NRV Cares.

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Blacksburg Municipal Golf Course, Blacksburg, Virginia 

Blacksburg Municipal Golf Course, Blacksburg, Virginia

Photo credit:  Steve Jacobs

Steve Jacobs is an optometrist, photographer, and philanthropist in the New River Valley of Virginia.  Two groups close to his heart are the Valley Interfaith Child Care Center (VICCC) and NRV Cares.

Ellett Valley Sunrise

Ellett Valley Sunrise by Steve Jacobs

Photo credit:  Steve Jacobs

Steve Jacobs is an optometrist, photographer, and philanthropist in the New River Valley of Virginia.  Two groups close to his heart are the Valley Interfaith Child Care Center (VICCC) and NRV Cares.

An Optometrist’s Way of Seeing

Blacksburg Farmer's Market by Steve Jacobs

Dr. Steve Jacobs is an optometrist and a photographer.

He's also a philanthropist, supporting numerous civic, arts, cultural and charitable organizations throughout the New River Valley of Virginia.  His photos grace many a local non-profit's silent auctions.  Two groups close to his heart are the Valley Interfaith Child Care Center (VICCC) and NRV Cares.

Patrons who purchase eyewear - discounted 20% to 50% – at his 2nd Annual Trunk Show & Local Charity Fundraiser, will find that if they donate a small (or larger) portion of the discount they receive to either charity, Dr. Jacobs will match the amount.

Dr. Steve Jacobs's 2nd Annual Trunk Show & Local Charity Fundraiser is on Friday, November 13, 2009, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at his office in Blacksburg, Virginia.

If you'd like to see the Dr. Steve Jacobs way, please call for an appointment, 540-953-0136.

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Handshake 2.0 was delighted to make donations to each charity in exchange for the opportunity to premier two of Dr. Jacobs's photographs on Handshake 2.0.  We look forward to letting you see the next one!

Blacksburg Makes the List – Lots of Them

From Z. Kelly Queijo:

What do sports fans, outdoor enthusiasts, students, retirees, and entrepreneurs all have in common?   Roughly a 10-20 minute commute and a home in Blacksburg, Virginia, where according to the lists below, this small town in southwest Virginia delivers big.

Once known as the Most Wired Town in America, today Blacksburg is ranked:

Blacksburg, Virginia is featured on top lists for business, quality of life, outdoor recreation, and more.Most Wired Town in America, today Blacksburg is ranked:

#31 out of 179 Best Small Places for Business and Careers (Forbes.com, 2009)

#14 Top-20 list of America's Most Educated Small Towns (Forbes.com, 2009)

#43 in the 100 Best Places to Live and Launch (Money.cnn.com, 2008)

One of the Best Places to Retire(USNews.com)

Blacksburg is home to Mailtrust which, prior to being acquired by Rackspace, ranked #217 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in America and has been growing by more than 100 percent for each of the last five years (2007).

Education and Government Lists

Virginia Tech reports: Graduate Engineering, education, psychology, and public affairs rank high by U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2010

The Town of Blacksburg wins the Digital Governance Award for Excellence in Disseminating Government Information (2008)

Blacksburg High School is in the Top 5% of Nation's Schools: The Top of the Class (Newsweek)

And, as reported in The Virginia Tech Magazine, Fall 2005:

Since 2000, Blacksburg has been known as:

  • a top 20 retirement locale by Blue Ridge Country Magazine
  • 8th  best place to live in the nation
  • the very best in the mid-Atlantic by Men's Journal magazine
  • and cited in 50 Best Small Southern Towns and in Outside Magazine as a top 10 "dream town" for outdoor enthusiasts, and, last, but not least, ranks 61st out of 375 as a "best sports city" in The Sporting News.

Visit Virginia Tech, a campus visit mobile app, is available from Smart College Visit. (Added 4/8/2011)

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Z. Kelly Queijo writes about business and technology, people and their passions.  She is a frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0 and is the founder of Smart College Visit.  Smart College Visit, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

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Know other lists that include Blacksburg, Virginia?  Leave us a comment and tell us! 

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For more information about life in Blacksburg, Virginia, present and future, check out the Blacksburg 2006-2046 Comprehensive Plan.  Here's All About Blacksburg from Virginia Tech and a list of New River Valley awards and accolades from the Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department.

Stop. Imagine.

Stop sign in Blacksburg, Virginia

Photograph taken in Blacksburg, Virginia, May 14, 2009.

[Thanks to GuerrillaGardening.org for listing this post in their community pages.)

On the Subject of Regional Economic Development

The 2009 sprint triathlon season has started in the southeastern United States and my husband and I, over the past two weekends, spent our regionally-earned dollars in other regions.  Traveling to sprint triathlon venues, we paid for hotels, meals, and gas in support of other regions’ economies.

While I lean towards the view of Socrates – "I am neither an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world" – and am cautious of regionalism becoming localism or provincialism, I have theorized on the how and why of regions benefiting from the use of social media.

After attending a sprint triathlon in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2007, I couldn’t help but dream of the how and why of the regional benefits of holding a sprint triathlon in the New River Valley.

Take a look at the addresses of the almost 700 participants at the Kinetic Sprint Triathlon held near Fredericksburg, Virginia on May 10, 2009.

Many of those participants – as we did - drove in and spent their regionally-earned dollars in another region. 

The dream is postponed until 2010 due to construction delays at our New River Valley venue, the Olympic-caliber Christiansburg Aquatic Center, but the only sprint triathlon in Southwest Virginia, and the only pool swim west of Lynchburg – the New River Valley Triathlon – is on the Virginia Triathlon Series schedule.

And the hotel we stayed in for the Kinetic Sprint Triathlon?

Sold out.

New River Valley Triathlon, Virginia

Early Morning in Downtown Blacksburg, Virginia

Early Morning in Downtown Blacksburg, Virginia

Photograph by Robert H. Giles, Jr., a Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus.   He writes High Five for Handshake 2.0, and two blogs, The Survivalists and Faunal Force

May Day Greetings from the New River Valley

 

Narcissus (also poetica daffodil or jonquils), hosta, ground phlox

Narcissus (also poetica daffodil or jonquils) top center,
hosta lower left, ground phlox lower right

I wander'd lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

– William Wordsworth, "Daffodils"

Photograph by Robert H. Giles, Jr., a Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus.   He writes High Five for Handshake 2.0, and two blogs, The Survivalists and Faunal Force

Spring in the New River Valley

 

Bird house and backyard garden in Blacksburg, Virginia 

Bird house and backyard garden in Blacksburg, Virginia

Photograph by Robert H. Giles, Jr., a Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus.   He writes High Five for Handshake 2.0, and two blogs, The Survivalists and Faunal Force