Accolades

Accolades

Every year our beautiful area receives more recognition for being a fantastic place to live and work. Below are just a sampling of our area's recent awards that prove that Blacksburg is the best place to be.

Lifestyle


Blacksburg was named a "Best Mountain Town" by Blue Ridge Country in 2013. 


Blacksburg was voted "Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids" by Bloomberg's Businessweek in 2011. 


Blacksburg was voted the "Best College Town in the South" by Southern Living Facebook fans.


The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metro area was ranked the 19th "Most Secure Small Place to Live in the U.S." by Farmers Insurance Group in 2010.


Blacksburg was named a Top Ten "Best Affordable Mountain Town for Retirement" by U.S. News & World Report in 2010.

Work


The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metro was ranked the 6th “Top Small County for Recruitment and Attraction” by Expansion Management.


Green Valley Builders recognized as one of the best energy-efficient builders in the Commonwealth by receiving Earth Craft Virginia’s “Single Family Builder of the Year Award.”


Modea and Tuck Chiropractic Clinic - both headquartered in Blacksburg - were named 2012 "Best Places to Work" by Virginia Business.


The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metro was named a 2012 "Leading Location for 2012" by Area Development Magazine. The MSA ranked 6th within the South-Atlantic Region and 64th nationally out of 365 MSAs.


The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metro was named the 5th “Best Small City for Jobs” by Forbes in 2012.


The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metro was ranked the 32nd “Best Small Place for Business and Careers” by Forbes in 2012.


Blacksburg startup Modea was given the "Best Agency Culture" award by AdAge for the 2011 Small Agency Awards.


Montgomery County businesses/leaders take home five of eight awards from the 2011 Roanoke-Blacksburg TechNite Banquet: Nomad Mobile Guides (Rising Star Award), Peter Lazar – eBroselow (Entrepreneur Award), Mike Kaylor - Montgomery County Public Schools (Educator Award), 3D-4U (People’s Choice Award) and Marry Miller - IDD, Inc. (RUBY Award).


Tuck Chiropractic Clinic - headquartered in Blacksburg - was recognized as one of Virginia’s "Fantastic 50" by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce in 2011.


Blacksburg-based Intrexon named by FierceBiotech as one of 2011’s "Fierce 15," designating it as one of the most promising private biotechnology companies in the industry.


Blacksburg-based companies Modea (#521), UXB International (#1,854) and Harmonia (#4,800) were named to Inc. Magazines’ list of the "5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States" in 2011.


The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metro was named 4th “Top Metro by Number of Projects” in 2011 by Site Selection. The Blacksburg Metro was ranked 10th 2010, 8th in 2008 and 5th in 2005.


Blacksburg-based companies Modea (#221) and Harmonia (#4,474) were both named to Inc. Magazines’ list of the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States in 2010.


In 2010, Virginia Tech ranked 10th among universities globally on the “IEEE Spectrum Patent Power Scorecard,” which analyzed the strength of patent portfolios for calendar year 2009. During fiscal year 2010, 37 U.S. patents and 7 foreign patents were awarded to Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties and 44 license and option agreements were signed.


In 2010, Virginia Tech was ranked "44th among 697 academic institutions" by the National Science Foundation for its almost $400 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2009.


The Blacksburg metro was ranked 28th in 2010, 31st in 2009 and 10th in 2008 by Forbes as the “Best Small Place for Business and Careers”.


In 2009, The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metro rose 43 spots in the Milken Institute rankings to become the 49th "Best-Performing Small City".


Blacksburg was ranked the 43rd “Best Place to Live and Launch” by CNNMoney.com in 2008.


VT KnowledgeWorks was dubbed "Most Promising New Incubator" at the 2008 Science Alliance Conference on Best Practices in Science-Based Incubation.

Education


Montgomery County Public Schools earned the title of a “Best Community for Music Education” from the NAMM Foundation for the fourth consecutive year in 2011.


A Wall Street Journal report ranked Virginia Tech among the "Top 25 Schools for Best-Qualified Graduates" in 2010.


Blacksburg High School - a Montgomery County Public School - was ranked in the “Top 5% of the Nation's Schools” by Newsweek in 2003, 2008 and 2009.


In 2015 Virginia Tech is among the top 10 percent of universities in the world, among more than 3,500 universities. 

Outdoors


Dragon's Tooth and McAfee Knob - located in nearby Roanoke, Va. - named "Favorite Sections of the Appalachian Trail" (2010).


Explore Park - located off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in nearby Roanoke, Va. - named the 2nd "Best Mountain Bike Trail" (2010).


Carvins Cove Reserve - 30 miles of hiking and biking trails in nearby Roanoke, Va. - named the "Best Urban Park" (2010).


Cascade Falls - a 69 ft. waterfall in Giles County - 4th "Best Swimming Hole" (2010).


Pandapas Pond - an 8-acre manmade pond in Jefferson National Forest - named a "Best Running Trail" (2010).


Lane Stadium - home of Hokie Football - was named 18th "Top Stadium in the Country" by the Bleacher Report in 2011.


Bowl Championship Series (BCS) appearances by Virginia Tech “Hokie” football: Sugar Bowl National Championship Game (1999), Sugar Bowl (2011 and 2004), Orange Bowl (2010, 2008, and 2007).


Christiansburg Aquatic Center was named one of 13 "World-Class Aquatics Facilities" in Aquatics International's Best of Aquatics issue (2011).


Several Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metro outdoor amenities were named to the "Blue Ridge Outdoor Bucket List" by Blue Ridge Country in 2011, including: New River Junction (tubing), Appalachian Trail (hiking), New River Trail State Park (biking) and the New River (canoeing/kayaking).

Wineries


Attimo Winery, located in Christiansburg, Virginia, won a "Double Gold and Best in Class" for their Sonnet 98, a 2010 Vidal Blanc, in the 2011 International Eastern Wine Competition.