Roanoke Innovation Corridor is primed for growth

Roanoke is a community that values and supports a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a Blue Ridge Mountain city with a wide variety of people and institutions working together collaboratively to foster opportunity in a multitude of fields.

Roanoke Innovates is a partnership highlighting this collaborative effort, bringing together the academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and developers that power the Roanoke Innovation Corridor.

“Virginia Tech is doing amazing things, VTC, the Fralin Biomedical Institute, there’s so much incredible work going on and this is a way to sort of harness all of that and show to the larger world, not just to the community, but to the larger world, this is what we’re about and this is what we’re doing,” Marc Nelson, Roanoke’s special projects coordinator for innovation and economic inclusion, told WSLS.

Anchored by the Virginia-Tech Carilion Research Institute, School of Medicine and Carilion Clinic, the Roanoke Innovation Corridor also includes Virginia Western Community College, the forthcoming merger of Jefferson College and Radford University, and a number of burgeoning businesses and developments in the Roanoke region.

Carilion Clinic just announced a $300 million hospital expansion, and the research institute continues to grow, attracting incredible brain power and talent. Several business incubators focused on helping entrepreneurs have opened in Blacksburg and Roanoke, including the Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program (RAMP) in Roanoke — a joint venture of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, Roanoke and Virginia Western and its educational foundation.

Gentry Locke is headquartered in the very heart of this Innovation Corridor, and we support innovators and entrepreneurs in a number of ways.

We have considerable experience helping clients navigate the nuances and challenges that confront businesses, including issues relating to state and federal taxes, state and federal regulations, and complex financial transactions.

Clients turn to our lawyers for guidance through complex transactions and litigation involving the full range of intellectual property law, including: copyrights, employment agreements, IP audits and portfolio analysis, licensing agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and trademarks and service marks.

We can help with mundane business matters such as negotiating leases for commercial real estate and properly registering your business. We can help develop employment procedures that protect both you and your employees.

We can help you navigate the complexities of governmental regulatory affairs before the Real Estate Board, the State Corporation Commission, the ABC Board the Board of Contractors, and the Fair Housing Board.

We regularly work with VDOT and various branches of state government including the Governor’s Office, Cabinet secretaries, and department agency directors.

At Gentry Locke, we believe in identifying problems before they become problems.

The Roanoke region is staking its future on innovation and entrepreneurship. Gentry Locke fully supports that approach, and we look forward to doing our part to help the region and its people prosper.


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