Regional Economic Development Initiatives

Building Our Workforce and Business Base in Southwest Virginia
In Carroll County, we have a strong commitment to team with our neighboring localities for the betterment of our entire region.   Most notable are our partnerships with five neighboring counties and the City of Galax through the Virginia Industrial Advancement Alliance (VIAA), and the development of a world-class, shovel ready industrial park, Wildwood Commerce Park in partnership with Grayson county and Galax through the Blue Ridge Crossroads Development Authority (BRCEDA).  The MT Rogers Planning District Commission (MRPDC) provides us and the rest of its members with  technical assistance to area jurisdictions in economic and community development, public management and administration, and cartography and many other resources.

With a focus on the future, the top priority of our leaders across our region is to develop and maintain high-quality infrastructure to support existing industry, and to attract new industry. We understand the importance of proper access to quality transportation systems, top-quality supplies of electricity, water, broadband and other necessary utilities, and access to quality sites and buildings. From shovel-ready sites and a quality workforce, to reliable utility services from major utility providers like Appalachian Power, we have it all in Southwest Virginia and Carroll County.

Our commitment to infrastructure and logistics is equaled by our commitment to workforce development.  Southwest Virginia boasts industry-leading credentialing programs, state-of-the-art training facilities, and a collaborative commitment to develop and maintain a strong workforce pipeline, our region boasts a motivated, experienced, and dedicated workforce. With access to the world-class engineering institute – Virginia Tech – and to advanced training programs in welding, machining, and mechanics at the Southwest Virginia Manufacturing Center of Excellence, our people are eager to learn from some of the best in the business.

These links display the depth and breadth of the regional Economic Development partnerships we bring to bear for your organization.

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