Economic Development

The Rockbridge area is strategically positioned midway along the eastern seaboard at the intersection of Interstate 81 and 64.  This location provides excellent linkages to major U.S. markets.  Over 40% of the US population and in excess of 200,000 manufacturers are located within a 500-mile radius. View the Rockbridge County Vicinity map and the 500 Mile Range map of the area.

With its proximity to several ports and airports in Virginia, Rockbridge County is an ideal location for international businesses to develop their presence in the United States.

Rockbridge County has a diversified economy with strong manufacturing, trade, services and agricultural sectors. Manufacturing activity centers around natural resources, textiles, and a variety of industrial, commercial and residential goods. 

With five higher education institutes in the area; Mountain Gateway Community College, Virginia Military Institute, Southern Virginia University, Washington and Lee University and Byers Technical Institute. Rockbridge County offers a diverse and skilled labor force. Mountain Gateway Community College will even tailor educational courses based on skill demand. Byers Technical Institution is a private trade school specializing in welding.   

In addition to working with local universities, the County works closely with the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center (SVSBDC) established by James Madison University. SVSBDC is available to assist potential business owners and current business owners with starting a business, business expansions and business growth. SVSBDC schedules meetings at the County Administrative Offices. For additional information visit the SV SBDC website.   

The County has a rich history and numerous tourist attractions, most notably the namesake-Natural Bridge. The surrounding area has an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities including rivers and hiking/biking trails, three Universities, one community college, one technical school and plenty of family friendly activities.

With a high quality of life, a diverse economy and a prime location, it is no wonder local leaders possess a willingness to aid in business growth and development.
Rockbridge County Business Incentive Policy - the County's economic development incentive polices. 
Rockbridge County Business Support Policy - the County's policies regarding support for existing businesses.
Rockbridge County Community Profile - detailed community profile.
Regional Data Center - Find detailed demographic information about Rockbridge County and surrounding areas.

Contact Us

  1. P:   (540) 463-1473
    C:   (540) 460-7723
    F:    (540) 463-5981

    Brandy Flint

    Rockbridge County Administrative Office Building
    150 South Main Street
    1st Floor, Room 111
    Lexington, Virginia 24450

    Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.