Economic Development

Find Your Way Back to Balanced Living

Find your way back to where “Quality of Life” isn’t just a saying, it’s a way of life.  Where you step out of work and into wide-open spaces.  Where peace and tranquility set in with the great outdoors surrounding you with opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking or just breathing in the fresh mountain air.  Leave the traffic and congestion of city living behind and experience what Shenandoah County has to offer.  From growing industry to locally-owned shops and restaurants, Shenandoah County offers a variety of jobs and opportunities.

Located just 90 miles west of Washington, DC at the crossroads of I-81 and I-66, the Shenandoah Valley has been identified as one of the top emerging industrial markets by Colliers.  Shenandoah County offers access to 75% of the US population within a day’s drive.


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“Top Emerging Industrial Market” by Colliers International 2019

“Top State for Business” by CNBC 2019, 2020 and 2021



Shenandoah County has everything your business needs…  A range of sites and buildings conveniently located along Interstate 81 with close proximity to Interstate 66 that are well suited for industrial, research, or office activities; a strong workforce of roughly 350,000 people within a 30-minute drive with a reputation for a strong work ethic; and close proximity to 14 colleges and universities with high academic standards including James Madison University, Shenandoah University, Eastern Mennonite University as well as Lord Fairfax Community College and Blue Ridge Community College providing access to 24,000 graduates annually, making it an ideal setting to attract well trained, skilled labor.

Shenandoah County also boasts family-friendly communities and access to a wide range of outstanding recreational and cultural activities.  Leave the crowds behind, and trade the traffic of the city for a quick commute leaving time to enjoy the area’s abundant hiking trails, back country roads perfect for cycling and other recreational opportunities.

Shenandoah County Bordered by I-81 and I-66

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Looking to move to Shenandoah County?  Click here to learn more about living and working in the Shenandoah Valley.  Additional information on the central and southern Shenandoah Valley can be found here.

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Our Staff

Jenna French
Director of Tourism and Economic Development
(540) 459-1822

Brenda Black
Tourism Development Manager
(540) 459-6228

John Fogle
Business Retention & Expansion Manager
(540) 459-6764