Transportation & Utilities

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

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Highways
  • Amherst-MB1_08614-Lane divided highway (Rt 29) through the county with easy access to I-64 (east-west) , I-81(north-south), and US 460.
  • The U.S. Route 29 corridor in the eastern region of the county has become the focal point for most commercial, industrial and residential development. The county is part of the Lynchburg Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
  • Virginia maintains the third largest state-maintained transportation network including the major Interstate routes of I-95, I-81, I-64, I-85, I-77, and I-66.
  • Central location means excellent long haul freight rates
 
 
Airports
  • Local: Lynchburg Regional Airport is 15 minutes away
  • Regional: Charlottesville Regional Airport is 1 hour away.
  • International: Washington Dulles International is less than 3 hours with non-stop commercial airline service to over 100 destinations worldwide.
Rail
  • Two of the nation’s largest railroads, CSX Corporation and Norfolk Southern Corporation, serve the area. 
  • Rail access sites available.
  • Amtrak has daily service to Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York. 
Seaports
  • Norfolk International Terminals, Newport News Marine Terminal, the Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal, the Port of Richmond, and the Port of Virginia (4 hours east by 4-lane highway) offer one of the largest intermodal networks on the U.S. East Coast and a naturally deep harbor devoid of overhead obstructions.

 

Utilities in Amherst County, Virginia

Electricity
  • American Electric Power (AEP) provides steady, reliable power to Amherst County businesses. Electric rates are approximately 25% lower than the national average (depending on usage). 

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  • Central Virginia Electric Cooperative provides service to the northern section of the county.
Natural Gas
  • Columbia Gas of Virginia in southern portion of the county
Water
  • Amherst County Service Authority. Water rates are highly competitive. In 2013 they were 11% less than the state average.

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  • Town of Amherst Municipal Water.

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Sewer
  • Amherst County Service Authority. Sewer rates are even more competitive. In 2013 Amherst County rates were 30% less than the state average.

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  • Town Of Amherst Municipal Sewer.

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Telecommunications
  • Verizon
  • Comcast
  • Lumos
  • Mid Atlantic Broadband
  • Ntelos

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…