Industry Clusters

Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing has been thriving in Montgomery County for decades. We are strategically located in the Mid-Atlantic region along I-81, utility costs are below national averages, and our blue collar workforce is among the most innovative and cost-effective in the world.

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IT & Software Development

Why pay more when you can get the same quality for less? Area universities are producing an abundance of coders and network engineers that are comparable to talent found in the Silicon Valleys of the world, but our wages are a whole lot less thanks to our lower cost of living.

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Biosciences & Healthcare

The Montgomery County biosciences industry is clustered in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (CRC) - a 230 acre research park in Blacksburg. The CRC is home to over 21 bioscience companies and research centers. Biosciences is also a major research focus area for Virginia Tech.  Montgomery County is also home to two hospitals, LewisGale at Montgomery (Blacksburg) and Carilion New River Valley Medical Center (Christiansburg)

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Retail & Restaurants

The Christiansburg Retail District is the major shopping hub of the New River Valley.  The district has direct access to VA Route 460, Exit 4, via Peppers Ferry Road and is within five miles of downtown Blacksburg. Blacksburg provides a unique mix of local and national retail offerings with over 200 boutiques and trendy restaurants.

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Unmanned Vehicle Systems

Montgomery County has the opportunity and the capability of becoming a national leader in the development, manufacturing, and creative use of autonomous vehicles.  In 2013, the FAA named Virginia Tech one of six official test sites for unmanned aircraft research.  Our community is home to the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems, Virginia Smart Road and numerous UAVS related manufacturers and software companies.

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Contact Us

The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development (MCDED) offers a number of free and confidential services and resources to help companies large and small. We welcome the opportunity to provide direct assistance to companies interested in starting, expanding or relocating a business in Montgomery County, Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Contact us today!