Industrial Development

Virginia’s aCorridor

Virginia’s aCorridor represents a population of nearly 200,000 in six counties and two cities in the Mount Rogers region of southwestern Virginia. Stretching from the City of Bristol to the City of Galax along Interstates 81 and 77, the aCorridor includes the two cities and Washington, Smyth, Wythe, Grayson, Carroll and Bland counties. The Mount Rogers Development Partnership Inc. was created in 1989 to promote Virginia’s aCorridor as a location for new and expanded business. The aCorridor consolidates marketing and presents regional demographics, and works with local governments to enhance their economic development programs.

For more information, click Virginia a-Corridor.

Industrial Development Authorities

Virginia Enterprise Zone

The Virginia General Assembly established the Virginia Enterprise Zone program in 1982, a program intended to join the Department of Housing and Community Development with local governments in providing incentives for investment in capital improvements and new employees. Under this program, qualifying businesses can receive grants for making real property investments and for creating permanent, full-time jobs which pay at least 175% (150% in economically distressed areas) of federal minimum wage.

Virginia Enterprise Zone grants are available for businesses operating in certain areas of the town of Hillsville, Carroll County and City of Galax.

For more information on eligibility requirements, see eligibility

  • City of Galax Zone Administrator – Ken McFadyen – 276-236-0391
  • Carroll County, Town of Hillsville Zone Administrator – Bernie Deck – 276-236-0391