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Professional Development in Local Government - August 8-9, 2016 - Roanoke, Virginia

The conference will be held at the historic Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center situated alongside downtown Roanoke in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, just minutes from Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

Built in 1882, the beautifully restored Tudor-style Hotel Roanoke is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a member of IACC (International Association of Conference Centers), Hotel Roanoke offers world-class lodging facilities, including newly renovated guest rooms and 63,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference space. The hotel's business facilities include 35 meeting rooms, a fixed-seat lecture hall, two boardrooms, conference center lounge and an elegant hotel ballroom that accommodates up to 1,400 guests.

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center is offering lodging rooms at a discounted rate of $104 per room per night for single occupancy, $124 for double occupancy and $20 per room per night for each additional person plus all applicable taxes. Please note, The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center may fill its block of rooms prior to the lodging reservation deadline date. Early reservations are encouraged.

To make reservations please call the hotel directly at 540-985-5900 or toll free at 866-594-4722. When calling to make your reservation be sure to ask for the Professional Development in Local Government Management room block. All reservations must be made before Friday, July 8, 2016, in order to receive the conference rate.

Parking is available at the hotel for $8 per day for self parking and $14 per day for valet parking.

Air Transportation

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) ( provides easy access to the conference center.

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport offers convenient connections through domestic and international gateways in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Charlotte.

The following airlines fly directly to Roanoke:

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport carries the following car rental agencies:

Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport is available through the hotel. Please call 540 -985-5900 and ask for the valet desk when you are ready for a pick up at the airport and arrange for a drop off at the airport when you check in at the hotel. The drive time between the airport and the hotel is approximately 15 minutes.

Driving Directions

From North or South I-81
Exit 143 (I-581 South) to Exit 5. Cross Wells Avenue and continue to the main entrance of the hotel.

From 220N (Martinsville)
220N becomes I-581N. Take exit 4E (Orange Avenue). Take first right at traffic light onto Williamson Road. After the third traffic light, turn right on Shenandoah Avenue. Take the first right to main entrance of the hotel.

From 460W (Lynchburg)
460 becomes Orange Avenue. Turn left at the traffic light at Williamson Road and Orange Avenue. After the third traffic light, turn right on Shenandoah Avenue. Take the first right to main entrance of the hotel.

Photo of Hotel Roanoke

Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24016

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About Roanoke, Virginia

The Hotel Roanoke has compiled a list of cultural and historic attractions in Roanoke and surrounding areas which may be found at:

The local newspaper, The Roanoke Times, is another source for up-to-date happenings. It may be found at:

More detailed information on local restaurants and activities may also be found at:

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