Saturday, June 27, 2009

We're Moving to the Jefferson Center

Come September 1, Valley Business FRONT is moving to the Jefferson Center at the West End of Downtown Roanoke, one of my favorite buildings in the Roanoke Valley. This is an arts center that initially didn't rent to for-profit enterprises, but has changed its mind and we're among the first to get in the door. I'm thoroughly pumped about it because my office is going to be in that turret at the far right, ground floor. I always wanted an office in a turret.

Jefferson opened as a high school in 1924 and closed in 1974, only to be renovated and re-opened again in 1993 as the Jefferson Center for the arts, following an impressive fund-raising campaign organized by Judge Beverly Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick Hall opened in 1995 and the Shaftman Center for the Performing Arts debuted in 2001, each the result of local fund-raising. The Jefferson opened its many offices to non-profits initially, but has recently made those offices available to businesses like the FRONT.

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