Competitive Advantages

CaptureFrom the quality of its workforce to its prime transportation location, Amherst County offers a wide variety of strategic advantages for any business looking to relocate its operations.

#1 – Low cost to do business

We offer companies predictable savings in operating costs that are below the national average.

  • Business tax rates are well below the national average – both Amherst County tax rates & Virginia state taxes. Learn More 
  • Central location on east coast means excellent long haul freight rates.
  • The 6% Virginia corporate income tax rate has not increased in over forty years and is one of the lowest in the nation.
  • Low cost industrial land with infrastructure
  • Building costs in Amherst County are 15% below the national
  • Water Rates are highly competitive. In 2013 they were 11% less than the state average. Learn More
  • Sewer rates are even more competitive. In 2013 Amherst County rates were 30% less than the state average. Learn More
  • In 2014, electric rates in Amherst County for the industrial sector were approximately 25% lower than the national average.
  • Virginia has one of the lowest average worker’s compensation costs in the nation and has been consistently among the lowest cost states for over 15 years. Learn More
  • The unemployment insurance tax rate is the 5th lowest in the nation and is 33% lower than the national average. Learn More

#2 – Superior Location

Amherst-MB1_0825Central location on the eastern seaboard means 1-day access to major East coast metro areas.

  • Halfway between Maine and Florida
  • 40% of the U.S. population falls within a one-day (10 hour) drive.
  • In a single day’s drive, vehicles leaving Amherst County can reach every major metropolitan area on the east coast between New York and Atlanta. Other major destinations, such as Chicago, New England, and the Canadian border, are just a few hours beyond.
  • Central location means excellent long haul freight rates
  • 4-Lane divided highway with quick access to major east-west and north-south interstates.
  • Rail access sites available.

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#3 – Workforce

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  • Virginia is a “Right to Work” state with low union activity.
  • Workforce of over 250,000 people in the extended labor market. Learn More
  • Strong work ethic and low absenteeism rates. Want to know more? We can connect you with existing employers for direct contact. Contact Us
  • Well trained and educated workforce. Learn More
  • Numerous workforce training resources. Learn More 

#4 – Virginia is Pro-Business

Virginia has a strong, educated labor force and a pro-business regulatory climate according to Forbes.com.

Did you know?
  • Virginia is ranked #1 by Forbes in pro-business regulatory environment
  • Virginia is ranked #2 by Forbes in labor supply
  • Virginia is ranked #5 by Forbes in quality of life
    (source: Forbes.com – October 2015 rankings)

    • Virginia is ranked #5 by Forbes for best state for business  (source: Forbes. com – November 2017)

Virginia Economic Development Partnership - Business Location and Site Selection Services - Economic DevelopmentVirginia is One of the Best States for Business 
(Source: VEDP, Virginia Economic Development Partnership)

Virginia provides a wealth of opportunities, a great atmosphere for development and expansion, and leadership that truly understands the importance of maintaining the best business environment for economic prosperity. Virginia’s profit-friendly environment is due to:

  • Competitive Operating Costs
  • Stable Taxes
  • Business Incentives

Pro-Business Advantages for Companies
  • Strategic east-coast location and excellent infrastructure provide easy access to national and global markets.
  • Stable, low tax costs for corporations and individuals and a 6% corporate income tax.
  • Minimized payroll costs with low worker’s compensation rates and a low unemployment tax.
  • Favorable business environment that protects “at will” and “right-to-work” employment practices.
  • One of the highest-ranked states in high-technology employment.
  • A vibrant and diverse multi-cultural community where employees can live and work.
  • An experienced, educated and productive workforce puts Virginia in the top 10 states for productivity.
  • Recruitment and training programs to help businesses become operational faster and maintain their competitive advantage.

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Virginia’s Cost-Effective Operating Climate

Believe it or not, companies have improved their bottom lines just by locating in Virginia. From soft costs like healthier, more productive workers, to hard costs like cheaper, available and reliable electricity, these companies have benefited from the combination of resources that only a Virginia location can offer.

Stable Taxes

Virginia’s corporate income tax has not been raised in forty years, since 1972. At 6 percent, our rate is one of the lowest in the nation.

Virginia Tax Rates & Comparisons
Local Tax Rates for Amherst County

Business Incentives – Investing in Each Other

Virginia works enthusiastically with new and expanding employers that create a high standard of living for Virginians and enhance local and state economies through increased revenue growth. Incentives are Virginia’s investment in its economic future and a business decision for both the Commonwealth and the company. As a result, they must make good fiscal sense for all parties. Virginia continues to demonstrate a willingness to invest in those who invest in the Commonwealth.

Designed to target the needs of the company and the development plans of localities and the state, Virginia offers a variety of performance-based incentives. From tax credits to tax exemptions, Virginia continues to demonstrate its willingness to invest in those who invest and reinvest in the Commonwealth.

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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…