About Us & Strategic Plan

IMG_9190Amherst County believes job creation and economic development are fundamental to the future prosperity of the County. 

The mission of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) of Amherst County is to promote economic development policies and practices that help retain the county’s existing businesses and employment base; facilitate the growth of existing commercial and industrial enterprises; and attract new businesses and employment opportunities. Success in this mission will result in high-quality jobs and a stable and diverse tax base that increases the quality of life of Amherst County residents. 

FY 2018-19 Action Plan

Economic Development Strategic Plan

The EDA completed an economic development strategic plan in July 2016 after receiving $122,000 in grant funds. The strategic plan conducted the first in-depth analysis of the Amherst County economy to determine the top 5 economic development initiatives that could be undertaken to replace lost jobs, expand the employment base of the county, increase the county tax base, and better position our community to seize economic development opportunities when they arise.  

The economic development strategic plan has been endorsed by the Amherst County Board of Supervisors who funded the implementation of the plan with a .01 cent real estate tax. A video of the Strategic Plan 

Economic Development Strategic Plan 2016 

2-Page Overview of Strategic Plan 2016

2017 Amherst Strategic Plan Update


The EDA was created by the Amherst County Board of Supervisors with authority to acquire, own, lease, and dispose of properties and make loans for the general purpose of promoting and developing manufacturing, industrial, governmental, non-profit and commercial enterprises and institutions of higher education to locate or remain in Amherst County.

EDA board members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors to four-year terms and represent one of 5 election districts.

Board Meetings
The EDA board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Amherst County Depot Conference Room, 328 Richmond Hwy. Amherst, Va.



Approved Agendas of EDA Board Meetings: January 2017February 2017, Special Meeting March 7, 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017, June 2017, July 2017, August 2017September 2017Oct. 18, 2017, Oct. 18, 2017Nov. 15, 2017Dec. 21, 2017, Jan 10, 2018Feb. 15, 2018April 2018May 2018,June 13, 2018 July 12, 2018 August 8, 2018,  September 2018October 2018November 2018, December 2018

Approved Minutes of EDA Board Meetings: January 2017February 2017, Special March 7, 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017, June 2017, July 2017August 2017September 2017, October 2017November 2017, December 2017January 2018February 2018, April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018July WorkshopAugust 2018 ,September 2018 , October 2018 ,November 2018

Local Government Information

Amherst County has a county administrator and a 5 member board of supervisors.

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The Town of Amherst is the county seat. There are no other incorporated towns in the county.








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Stories Of Success

  • Black Box Network Services
    Jim Meade / Retired Vice-President
    Amherst was incredibly receptive and supportive of our relocation. We have a Network Operations Center that remotely monitors voice and data networks for our customers globally, and having guaranteed and reliable power and internet access is a must, for our customers success, as well as our own. Not only did we have access to stable and…
  • S & S Machine, T.R.U. Ball
    Ben Summers / Director of Operations
    Amherst County has given our company several advantages over the years, including a great selection of skilled employees, a centralized location in the United States, and the freedom and space to grow. Over the past 30 years, S&S Machine, Inc. has grown from a small two-man machine shop to an archery manufacturing business with 100…
  • Old Dominion Footwear
    Malcolm Sydnor / President
    We love doing business in Amherst County. The location is great, with quick access to US 460, US 29, and then to US 64. Old Dominion Footwear designs, manufactures, markets and distributes footwear throughout the United States, Canada and around the world. It’s easy to get our goods from the Norfolk port and distribute them…