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Looking to locate or expand your business in Waynesboro?  We can help. The professional staff at the office of Economic Development is available to provide information, contacts, and assistance. We work with realtors, developers, large industries, and local businesses to make your project a success through up-to-date demographic data, location assistance, and access to state and local financing options.  We are also investing in new industrial parks to prepare for the next generation of industry.

Uniquely positioned on the I-81 corridor in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Waynesboro is the hub of transportation with road and rail access to major population centers plus advanced fiber communication. The city has a strong heritage of innovation and manufacturing excellence with a commitment to the future. Waynesboro also serves as a regional retail center and gateway to outstanding cultural and recreational amenities.

Uniquely Positioned for Prime Business Opportunities

Available Properties

Working closely with our local real estate community, the city strives to maintain an accurate and up-to-date database of available properties.  In addition to maintaining the database, the city also owns two industrial parks.

Open the searchable database here.

Are you a member of the Waynesboro real estate community and have a new property to include in the database? Click here to learn more about this free service.

City Owned Industrial Parks

The City of Waynesboro recognizes that the business of today requires prepared sites for new business investment.  The City owns and is preparing 200 acres of greenfield land which will be “tier four” locations by 2023. These sites, with full infrastructure, will have the capacity for up to 1.4 million square feet of new industrial space, some with rail service available. They are located in the federal opportunity zone and the state enterprise zone for additional investment and grant opportunities. The sites are within one mile of I-64, which facilitates one-day truck delivery to Boston, Detroit, Nashville, and Jacksonville.

In addition to the City-owned land, there are 10 acres available adjoining, and 80 acres adjacent for sale by private parties.  View map showing the 290 acres of available greenfield sites.

Waynesboro Commerce and Industry Park

At Exit 94 off I-64, near the Town Center (regional shopping hub including Target, Kohls, Bed Bath Beyond), this 111-acre park has 36 acres of interstate visibility remaining.  Current tenants are Berry Plastics (manufacturing), Cintas (distribution), DuPont Credit Union (office), and Shentel (office).  View rendering showing one possible configuration providing 200,000 square feet of industrial space.

Nature’s Crossing Technology Center

At Exit 96 off I-64, this 170-acre park offers a variety of options for business and industry.  Bisected by the Norfolk and Southern main line, the park is divided into two sections—60 acres on the west, and 110 on the east. The west side is ideal for the large user needing rail access, and the east side is configured for small business, light industry, and commercial.

Development is currently underway to complete the sites’ infrastructure by 2023.  To learn more, visit www.NaturesCrossing.com.

F.R. Drake Company

Leading Employers

The City of Waynesboro and surrounding MSA has a diversified economy with over 3,501 business establishments employing almost 50,000.  Health Care, Manufacturing, and Retail Trade are the top three categories with 91% of establishments having 250 or fewer employees.

Leading Employers

MSA - AllMSA - IndustryCity - AllCity - Industry
Augusta County School BoardHershey Chocolate of VirginiaWaynesboro School BoardLycra Company
Augusta Medical CenterMcKee Foods CorporationWal MartLumos
Hershey Chocolate of VirginiaAAF McQuay, Inc.Lycra CompanyVirginia Panel Corporation
McKee Foods CorporationHollister, Inc.City of WaynesboroBerry Plastics
Target CorpLycra CompanyLumosAugusta Lumber LLC
Western State HospitalNIBCO of VirginiaChick-fil-A at WaynesboroPPI Time Zero Inc.
Wal MartPly GemVirginia Panel CorporationMathers Construction Company
AAF McQuay, Inc.LumosBerry PlasticsMcClung Printing
Hollister, Inc.Innovative Refrig Systems Inc.Dupont Community Credit UnionF R Drake Company
J.B. Hunt TransportSpecialty BladesLowes' Home Centers, Inc.Sigora Solar
Source: Virginia Employment Commission, Economic Information

Incentives and Financing

A broad range of incentives and financing options are available for new and expanding businesses, including industrial development bond financing, small business loans, and a variety of loan guarantee and indirect financing options.

Enterprise Zone

Opportunity Zone

Tourism Development Zone

Technology Zone

HUB Zone

Revolving Loan Fund

Facade Grant

Sidewalk and Landscaping Grant

Historic Tax Credits

Small Business Administration

Small Business Development Center

Virginia Small Business Financing

Infrastructure

Utilities

In addition to a solid transportation system, the City offers award winning water, multiple broadband carriers, natural gas to industrial areas, and reliable electric at rates below the national average.  Providers and contacts are here.

Transportation

Located in the I-81 corridor of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Waynesboro is strategically located to provide exceptional access to major markets via road, rail, water, and air.  Our location at the crossroads of two interstate highways enables quick and easy access to major East Coast and Midwest markets with One-day truck destinations including Boston, Ottawa, Detroit, Nashville, Birmingham, and Jacksonville.  In addition to the outstanding highway system, four railroads, five airports, and two ports provide access to the world.

Global connectivity via air is available from a number of easy-to-reach airports, including nonstop jet service on a United affiliated carrier to Chicago and Dulles from the Shenandoah Valley Regional airport (SHD).  SHD is just 30 minutes from the CBD and offers free parking, quick check-in, and general aviation services.

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Link to Waynesboro GIS : layers include tax parcels, zoning, water, sewer, storm water, flood plain, topo, aerials, school district, and wards.

Location

Economic Development Office

Cities Reached in One Day Truck Distance

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City Zoning

Incentive Zones

Enterprise Zones:

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City Overview

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