Chamber weighs in on proposed repeal of federal historic tax credit

On November 7, the Chamber submitted a letter to Congressman Bob Goodlatte in response to the recently released House tax reform bill. The package includes a provision that would eliminate the federal historic tax credit, which serves as a major economic development tool in our region.

Historic tax credits (HTC) have spurred economic activity in the sixth district, resulting in strong returns on investment, job creation, business development, and community revitalization. In total, approximately $100 million in HTCs were awarded for 206 projects from 2002-2016. Development costs for those projects exceeded $603 million and created 4,107 construction jobs and 9,360 permanent positions.

Historic tax credits have transformed communities within the sixth district. Downtown Roanoke, for example, is nearly unrecognizable compared to 15 years ago. In 2002, 11 people lived downtown. Today, over 2,500 residents enjoy more than 70 dining options and nearly 50 retail shops. Many of the residential and commercial spaces that now represent Roanoke’s thriving downtown community were revitalized through the use of federal HTCs.

Click here for detailed information on the significant impact of federal historic tax credits on our regional economy.

Family Service of Roanoke Valley offers unique training experience

You are invited to take advantage of the immersive training experience offered by international leadership expert Jill Hufnagel, Ph.D. for the first time in Roanoke!

Based on the Harvard Kennedy School’s framework, IGNITE: Adaptive Leadership welcomes participants from for-profit, non-profit, and government agencies committed to an immersive program. If your organization has a strong approach to leadership challenges–yet not strong enough given the pace of change–this is for you!! The workshop will take place on Nov. 29 and 30 at the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Green Room in downtown Roanoke.

 You’ll leave with:

  • consultation on your toughest current challenge
  • a deeper understanding of yourself and your own leadership development
  • a sense of how to navigate politics within your organization
  • a strategy for dealing with seemingly intractable issues
  • an action plan for next steps
  • a network of colleagues with a shared leadership language

Please visit www.fsrv.org to register and submit any questions to Karen Pillis, kpillis@fsrv.org or 563-5316 x3030. If you are with a non-profit or would like to register 3 or more persons from your organization, you are eligible for a discount and can contact Karen to register.

Chamber News – November 2017

Gentry Locke ranked among 2018 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

ROANOKE, Va. (November 1, 2017) – The Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke is included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. In its 24th edition, Best Lawyers in America highlights the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. The firm secured rankings in 25 practice areas, including 24 Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings – the highest regional honor – in 24 practice areas:
Metropolitan Tier 1 – Roanoke

Metropolitan Tier 1 – Roanoke

Metropolitan Tier 3 – Roanoke

About Gentry Locke

With more than 55 lawyers practicing across a range of disciplines, Gentry Locke brings uncommon thinking and deep experience to the legal and business challenges of companies, institutions, organizations and individuals—a commitment the firm has met since 1923. Operating from offices in Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va., Gentry Locke serves clients in Virginia and across the U.S., as well as worldwide as a member firm of the ALFA International Legal Network. Meet the firm’s dynamic attorneys and learn more about its fierce drive to achieve success for its clients by exploring www.gentrylocke.com.

About “Best Law Firms”

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list for that particular location and practice area.

About Best Lawyers

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer review evaluation. More than 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and more than 13 million votes have been cast to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, so inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Richard Rife joins Interactive Design Group as a senior project manager/architect.

Interactive Design Group announces the acquisition of Rife & Wood Architects, leaders in the secondary education and historic preservation sectors. Richard Rife joins Interactive Design Group as a senior project manager/architect.

Interactive Design Group (IDG) is pleased to announce that Richard Rife has joined the IDG team. This addition bolsters the IDG position in the secondary education and historic preservation markets.

A Roanoke native, Richard graduated from Northside High School and the University of Virginia. Prior to joining IDG, Richard was Managing Principal at Rife + Wood Architects, which he founded in 1992.  At Rife + Wood, he directed the design of numerous landmark buildings including Patrick Henry High School and stadium, William Fleming High School and stadium, Lucy Addison Middle School, Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Breckinridge Middle School, the Vinton War Memorial, Fitzpatrick Hall at the Jefferson Center, the Kirk YMCA, the Gainsboro YMCA, and the Grandin Theatre.

“Adding Richard to the roster is very positive for our firm and for our clients. His breadth of experience complements our team and positions us to meet the growing demand in multiple key sectors, including education,” says Bill Hume, IDG Founder & President.

Rife is equally enthusiastic about the change, adding “I’m looking forward to bringing my 40 years of design leadership to IDG and being able to amplify it with IDG’s exceptional digital design and visualization capabilities.”

Interactive Design Group is a multi-disciplinary architecture firm based in Roanoke, Virginia. IDG has been creating smart space solutions for clients in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. since 1997. The IDG team is a carefully curated group of talented professionals with the experience to effectively serve a wide variety of industry sectors including corporate, financial, retail, education, religious, healthcare, industrial, and food service. Offering a wide array of services including programming, planning, design, feasibility studies, construction management, and consulting services for owners, general contractors, tenants, and developers, IDG handles jobs of all sizes.