Southern Virginia location on the East Coast

Affordable

  • 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 100 gigabytes per second
  • Abundant supply of water and excess waste water capacity
  • Major TRANSCO gas line
  • Competitive electric rates

Accessible

  • 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
  • Direct route to Mid-Atlantic Gateway at Port of Va
  • Access to regional and international 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 $80 M invested
    • $37 M in the Berry Hill Megasite
    • $43 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 4,225 Region National Career Readiness Certificates

Superior Quality of Life – You will love to call Sothern 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.