Environmental & Life Sciences

Environmental & Life Sciences

Environmental & Life Sciences

Environmental & Life Sciences

This legacy continues with a capacity to support information technology, logistics, distribution, data centers, and back office support from companies who call Southern Virginia home.

Ready for Environmental & Life Science Companies

Availability of class-one rail-served sites and buildings (Norfolk Southern Railway)

Abundance of excess water and sewer capacities throughout the region

Access to Mid-Atlantic Gateway at Port of Virginia and International Airports

Natural gas extended to majority of sites and buildings

Robust fiber with speeds to 1.3 terabytes per second

Abundant electric capacity with competitive rates

Mile per minute transportation ratio

Available sites and infrastructure from incubation to megasites with available pads, shell buildings and existing facilities

Air attainment zone with low risk of natural disaster

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Reasons to Be Here

  • Virginia Cooperative Extension Services
  • Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex
  • Forestry Volume
  • Southside Virginia’s Wine Trail
  • Reynolds Homestead Affliated with VA Tech
  • R&D and Testing Support with Labs and Clean Rooms
  • The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR)
  • VA Tech-IALR Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center
  • VA Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (VDACS)
  • Robust Environment from Agribusiness and Forestry to Finished Products
  • Agriculture and Foresty – 1st and 3rd Largest Industry in Virginia

Workforce where 17.2% are employed in manufacturing; accustomed to shift work, team work and critical thinking; all in a right-to-work state.

Workforce Training Programs

  • American Production and Inventory Control Certification
  • Production and Inventory Management Certificate
  • Certified Supply Chain Professional
  • Logistics Management Certification
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • MSSC Manufacturing Production Technician
  • Food Handling Safety Courses
  • ServSafe
  • Food Processing
  • Agribusiness
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • ASQ Certification
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Suppliers & Partners Network

  • Future Farmers of America
  • Virginia Farm Bureau
  • Virginia Forestry Association
  • Cobblestone Dairy Co-Op

Awards & Rankings

  • 2023 CNBC Ranking: #2 Best State for Business
  • #1 in the Nation for Continuing Workforce Training Advantage
  • Smart Asset Ranking: #1 Top States for Higher Education
  • 2019 Ranking – NCSES – #3 Top State for Federal Research and Development Funding

Jurisdictions in Southern Virginia are ACT Certified Work Ready Communities (Virginia’s Original Pilot Program).