No. 1 Challenge: Invest in Work Force

Last week, business leaders from around the region gathered for the Roanoke Regional Chamber’s annual business summit. They heard from nearly two dozen speakers. They mostly heard just one message, though: If you want to grow your local economy, the talent level of the work force matters.

A lot.

That’s hardly a new message but one that communities are hearing with ever-growing frequency (and volume) as we hurtle into a new economy.

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