The Kitchen opens in Roanoke’s West End neighborhood

On April 26, a rentable commercial kitchen space held their grand opening, three years after the Office of Economic Development aided the organization behind it with an assessment of the project’s potential economic and community development opportunities. Called The Kitchen, the Local Environmental Agriculture Project Inc. (LEAP) was able to secure $140,000 in funds for the space to equip it with the necessary supplies to help food businesses grow.

Congratulations to The Kitchen and LEAP–and thanks to the Roanoke Women’s Foundation of the Foundation for Roanoke Valley, the State of Virginia AFID fund, and the City of Roanoke’s Economic Development Authority for funding what promises to be yet another bright spot for the region.

We can’t wait to see what local entrepreneurs cook up in The Kitchen!


Erica Corder

Erica Corder is the technical writer at the Office of Economic Development and is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Pylon. Corder grew up in different states across the U.S. and spent three years in Germany before eventually winding up at Virginia Tech. She graduted in May 2016 with a degree in English and political science, which she hopes to put to use after in a career in journalism. 


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