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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.

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.

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

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

Workforce Development

In addition to the colleges and universities located within two hours of Waynesboro and graduating well over 20,000 students in a variety of disciplines, there are a variety of state and local programs designed to assist employers with specific needs.

Valley Career Hub is a collaborative effort among the business, education, and economic development communities in the Shenandoah Valley to broaden awareness of high-demand, high-growth, high-wage careers in our region and promote local training opportunities for these careers. The website includes videos describing high-growth/high-demand careers, a database of training and educational programs available from Valley colleges, universities and technical schools, and other assistance.

Virginia Jobs Investment Program

  • Provides customized recruiting and training services to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change
  • Consulting services, organizational development, and funding for training and recruitment may be available

Blue Ridge Community College

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center

  • The center is designed to provide hands on experience in a variety of applications and the curriculum provides the classroom experience needed to succeed in today’s manufacturing environment
  • Each of the seven labs is equipped with state of the art equipment for manufacturing, design, and electronics; a robotic arm, 3D plastic prototype printer, manufacturing lab simulator, a CNC machine, and a series of manufacturing training modules
  • The Robert E. Plecker Workforce Center provides a number of services to employers, entrepreneurs, and career re-training

James Madison University

Has a number of degree and certificate programs in their Outreach and Engagement Department

Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board

  • Is continually working to provide qualified workers via a number of programs
  • Dream It Do It – focuses on advanced technology in manufacturing, healthcare, construction and information technology
  • Enhancing the Green or Clean workforce is the goal of the Shenandoah Valley Energy Partnership

Valley Career & Technical Center

Offers many health and trade courses to both high school and adult students.  The Valley Career & Technical Center also serves as the Virginia Apprenticeship Related Instruction Center for Waynesboro, and the surrounding area.

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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.

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

Maps

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

Planning

City Land Use

City Zoning

Incentive Zones

Enterprise Zones:

City Overview

Area 1

Area 2

Area-3

Tourism Development Zone:

City Overview

Downtown

East Main

Interstate

Downtown Districts

HUB Zone

City Map with Census Tracts

Workforce

Commuting to Waynesboro

Downtown

Downtown Districts

CDBG Program Area

Utility Providers
Utility Name / Website
Electric Dominion Virginia Power
Natural Gas Columbia Gas of Virginia
Water City of Waynesboro
Sewer City of Waynesboro
Broadband /Network Lumos Network (former nTelos)
Solid Waste Augusta Regional Landfill
Cable Comcast

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