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  • Expansion Management magazine's January 2002 issue ranked Roanoke as one of its "50 hottest cities for business relocation and expansion" of manufacturing companies. It ranked 43rd.
  • The redevelopment of the northern portion of downtown, including , Eight Jefferson Place, the , the Passenger Rail Station and Gainsboro Garage, was selected as one of the "Five Best Real Estate Projects in Virginia" by Virginia Business magazine.
  • received the National Quality Health Care Award from the National Committee for Quality Health Care, meaning the health system is one of the best in the US.
  • Money magazine, in its May 8, 2002, issue, chose Roanoke as one of its best places to retire, stating it has "southern charm with all four seasons in a setting that attracts even Floridian retirees back north".
  • The , the , and the O. Winston Link Museum were chosen by the April 2002 issue of Virginia Business magazine as one of "The Year's Best and Most Significant Real Estate Projects of 2001".
  • In November 2002, the Center for Digital Government once again named Roanoke the top e-government city in the US in the 75,000 to 125,000 population category.
  • The Jefferson Center Foundation received the 2002 Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects' Award for Preservation. "Careful preservation of [Shaftman] hall's architectural integrity and transformation of an abandoned high school auditorium into a state-of-the-art performance hall" were cited as significant.
  • The Mill Mountain Discovery Center received the 2002 Virginia Recreation & Park Society's best new facility award for a building in a city with a population between 50,001 and 100,000.
  • Downtown Roanoke has been recognized by Southern Business & Development magazine as one of the best downtowns in the south. The article states Roanoke has "the right balance. It is a great place to visit and a great place to live. Long a hub for commerce, business and entertainment, the 65-block area is well on its way to becoming a 24-hour downtown where you'll find something to do anytime."