- The National Civic League recognized Roanoke’s “Star City Reads” Campaign with a 2012 All America City Award. The campaign addresses readiness for kindergarten, absenteeism, and summer learning. This marks the sixth time Roanoke has earned this distinction - a feat achieved by no other city. Other years the city has won include 1952, 1979, 1982, 1988, and 1996.
- Virginia Living magazine named Downtown Roanoke one of the “Best Shopping Areas” in Southwestern Virginia.
- The renovation of the Roanoke City Market Building received the Public Works Project of the Year Award, a national recognition, from the American Public Works Association (APWA). The Roanoke City Market Building also received the APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s “Project of the Year” regional award this year.
- The Department of Management and Budget received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.
- The Roanoke Police Department's social media initiative was a featured case study with the International Associations of Chiefs of Police (IACP) website, and a published article in the Police Chief Magazine in July 2011.
- The City of Roanoke maintained its standing as a Top 10 Digital City for the 10th year.
- The Eat for Education Campaign received 3 awards from the Public Relations Society of America: The Lin Chaff Award for Creativity (Blue Ridge Chapter); and the Award of Excellence in Community Relations, and the Best of Show for Public Relations Programs award (Richmond Chapter).
- The National Complete Streets Coalition recognized the City of Roanoke’s Complete Street Policy as one of the nation’s leading examples of safe, smart transportation policy according to its recent nationwide analysis. Roanoke had the 10th highest score among over 350 complete streets policies evaluated nationwide.
- Roanoke retained its Bronze status as a Bicycle Friendly Community for 2012.