Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Blue Ridge Business Journal

As a lot of folks know because of my current campaign, I am building a very environmentally friendly community in Christiansburg. To read about the community, look in the Trend Section of this week's Blue Ridge Business Journal.

I would love and appreciate any feedback.

Last Night

Last night the Roanoke Jaycees, NewVaConnects and Valley Forward held a joint forum to encourage a new generation of citizens to get involved in the civic, business and political life of Roanoke. It was an amazing event with people from all over the region, people with varying backgrounds and folks of all ages.

Speakers expressed the importance of involvement -- of taking an active role in helping Roanoke reach its full potential.

Saturday, January 26, 2008


With only two weeks to go until the primary voting takes place, I'm energized and excited about all the folks who are so positive about the future of Roanoke. Please follow the news over the next couple of weeks to determine who you want to see representing Roanoke on City Council.

As always, if you have any feedback for me, please post comments and let me know.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pub Quiz and City Council

The NewVaConnects Pub Quiz at Annie Moore's Irish Pub was a ton of fun this evening. Lots of Roanoke's young citizens came out and mingled. Although the team I was on didn't win.... we had a really good time.

For more info on NewVaConnects and upcoming events, go to:

On the campaign front, things are going really well. People seem to be genuinely excited about the possibility of a new, fresh perspective on City Council. If anyone has any questions for me, or if you are willing to volunteer to help get out the vote, please feel free to email anytime at

Monday, January 21, 2008

Watch my announcement on YouTube

If you were not able to make my announcement last week when I declared my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Roanoke City Council, you can now watch it on YouTube. To view, please visit:

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Roanoke Times full story

Read the Roanoke Times full story on the Rally in Roanoke in support of building the Rockledge Center atop Mill Mountain.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Groups Rally in Roanoke

Today, several community groups, made up of citizens of all ages, rallied on top of Mill Mountain in support of a proposal to build a mountaintop restaurant like the old Rockledge. Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with the low-impact development of Mill Mountain, it's exciting that citizens of Roanoke have gathered in a positive, progressive way to rally around a community project that they believe will help move Roanoke forward.

To read the article about the rally in the Roanoke Times, visit:

Thursday, January 17, 2008


In case you are snowed it - check out the campaign featured in local news:

WDBJ - Link Here to read and watch footage

Roanoke Times Article:
At 29, council candidate touts 'fresh perspective' for Roanoke
Court Rosen, a former congressional staffer, joins the increasingly crowded field seeking the city's Democratic nomination.
By David Harrison 777-3523
At 29, Court Rosen is the second-youngest candidate running for the Democratic nomination for this year's Roanoke City Council election. Alex Ballin, another Democratic hopeful, is roughly six years younger.
But Rosen is pointing to his youth as an asset in his bid to shape the city's direction for the next four years.
"I can offer the fresh perspective of my generation, acknowledging that attracting this younger generation is an important component in moving Roanoke forward," he said during his announcement, held outside the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building on Wednesday.
Behind him as he spoke were about half a dozen young professionals and Mayor Nelson Harris.
"We want Roanoke to be attractive to the digital generation, but we must always remember that city council represents all of our citizens," Rosen said.
His campaign director, Dan Frei, filmed his announcement to produce a video that will be posted on YouTube, the popular video-sharing Web site.
Rosen, a former congressional staffer, and his wife moved to Roanoke three years ago from Northern Virginia ... (Click on link above to read full article)

Keep stopping by the BLOG for more info!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


If you missed the announcement today, here is what I wanted to get across:

"Thank you all for being here today. I know it’s chilly so I’ll keep my remarks brief.

My name is Court Rosen – I am announcing today that I am seeking the nomination of our Democratic Party to be a candidate for Roanoke City Council in this May’s city election.

Roanoke has been changing for 125 years. Lately, the pace of change has been accelerating. We can see changes all around us, everyday, from the cranes in the sky over Reserve Avenue to the businesses that make Roanoke their home. One role of City Council is to help manage these changes, allocating resources wisely and strategically to make sure that people continue to benefit from quality services such as public safety, public health and attractive recreational opportunities. We want Roanoke to be attractive to the digital generation, but we must always remember that City Council represents all of our citizens.

I believe I can offer the fresh perspective of my generation, acknowledging that attracting this younger generation is an important component in moving Roanoke forward.

I believe we need to cultivate our very young through quality education. To do this we will have to continue to provide the resources needed to get the job done – keep materials and technology up to date, pay competitive salaries and be good stewards of our facilities. The entire community must be involved and have input in improving our schools.

We must work to promote our city’s growth through smart economic development.

One of Roanoke’s greatest assets is its magnificent beauty that affords everyone recreational and outdoor opportunities. Let’s harness and embrace this asset and use it to attract a new generation to help carry Roanoke into a positive, progressive future. It’s important as well that we take care of the quality of our air and water.

Service on City Council, to me, is about more than mountain top restaurants and amphitheaters – it’s about where we end up 10 and 20 years from now – how our citizenry grows and matures, and how we make the very best of our common resources.

I want to participate in our city government to offer a fresh perspective on Roanoke’s progress and the future of our city, our quality of life and quality of city services."

Thank you,

and thanks for those who attended the announcement.

Sunday, January 13, 2008


The Roanoke Times today had an article discussing Roanoke's goals of retaining and luring younger people to Roanoke. This Wednesday (January 16th) at 1pm in front of the Municipal Building downtown we will announce that a younger professional is running for the Democratic nomination for City Council. Invite all your friends and family and please join us on Wednesday.