Southern Virginia location on the East Coast


  • Cost of Living - 23% less than NE United States & 40% less than Europe
  • Stable taxes and manufacturing costs 18% below the national average
  • Robust fiber with speeds to 1 Terabyte per second
  • Abundant supply of water and excess waste water capacity
  • Major TRANSCO gas line
  • Competitive electric rates


  • Within 1 day’s drive to 60% of the US Population and 2/3rd of the US Industrial Base
  • Designated Interstate 785 with connections to I-40 and I-85
  • Rail service provided by Norfolk Southern
  • Direct route to Mid-Atlantic Gateway at Port of Virginia
  • Access to 7 domestic/international airports within 2.5 hours. An hour's drive from 4 commercial airports

Skilled - Extraordinary Skilled Workforce, Credentialed and Ready

  • SoVa employs a workforce where 18% work in manufacturing
  • Employees are accustomed to shift-work, team-work, and critical thinking
  • The region has made significant investments in the K-12 to higher education pipeline
  • Home to industry-recognized workforce partners and credentials
  • A legacy workforce in precision machining and advanced materials with robust, industry-driven training solutions
  • An industry led collaborative hub supported by applied research centers, community colleges, and universities

Commitment from public and private sector leaders for focus on advanced manufacturing excellence

  • Over $200 M invested
    • $150 M in the Berry Hill Megasite
    • $68 M in the advanced manufacturing precision machining educational pipeline
  • Industry driven solutions for development, design, and workforce credentialed solutions
  • The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research hosts the Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology and the Academy for Engineering and Technology
  • ACT Certified Workforce Ready Community with over 7,659 Region National Career Readiness Certificates

Superior Quality of Life – You will love to call Southern Virginia Home

  • Surrounded by Smith Mountain, Philpott, Hyco and Kerr Lakes with the Dan River and Staunton River winding through the region
  • Mountains, streams, national and state parks, and forests plus a vibrant culture of music, arts and history
  • Nationally ranked golf, bike trails, equestrian facilities and many other indoor and outdoor recreation facilities
  • Renowned retreats, spas, dining, and lodging
  • Experience a renaissance of restored historical lofts, Victorian mansions, main street communities, museums, and new housing, lake and river homes, or your choice of urban or country living
  • Enjoy the myriad of wineries, breweries, distilleries and other new and reinvigorated assets attracting millennials and delighting all ages with a commitment to life around the river districts throughout our region

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