• Roanoke was named a Top 10 Digital City (Center for Digital Government).
  • 2013 VML Green Government Challenge “Go Green” Gold Award.
  • Virginia Living magazine readers voted Mill Mountain Discovery Center as one of the Best Nature and Outdoor Museums in the region.
  • Roanoke was voted Best Trail Town by readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine.
  • Convention South magazine editors named Roanoke Virginia’s “Southern Hospitality City.” Roanoke was also named to the Editors Hot Pick List of 15 “Southern Hospitality Cities.”
  • Next Great Neighborhood: Downtown Roanoke - Southern Living, November issue.
  • Roanoke was featured in "5 awesome and affordable drives" from TODAY Travel, November issue.