It happened again

In 1941, it has been recorded that Norfolk and Western Railroad reached over 7,000 employees in the Roanoke area.

It took a long time, but finally someone has taken that mantle.

Carilion Clinic now employs over 7,932 persons in the Roanoke area.

They say N made this town, I guess now it's Carilion's turn.

Some more random economic stats from the past, and think for a moment how they match up to modern numbers.

In 1939, there were 105 manufacturing plants within the city and county of Roanoke.

In 1942, there were no less than 170 industries and 11 public utilities located in the immediate Roanoke area.

The Downtown businesses spawned WDBJ radio (in a manner of speaking, they did)

Shenandoah Life spawned WSLS radio.

All before 1945. The intervening years have seen some progress, much promise, and some loss.

How does a City overcome a change from manufacturing and industry to "other" kinds of work? Each worker must realize they are individual industries.

But it's been a long day, the Norfolk South-Western whistle has blown, and there's a meal in the distance. I'll be back tomorrow with oh so much more. These are just some things to consider.

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