Economic Development

Nestled in the heart of Southwest Virginia, along the I-81 corridor, is a place with beautiful views, friendly communities, award-winning teachers, quality education, and the most caring, hard-working people you’ll ever meet. Not only is Smyth County a well-rounded place to live and an attractive place to invest, but it is also an exciting and vibrant place to visit. The opportunities are endless in Smyth County, Virginia! 


Smyth County is located in scenic Southwestern Virginia in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and covers 452 square miles.  Centrally located on the East Coast, this rural community is within a days drive of 2/3 of the U.S. population and a quick 45-minute drive of the Tri-Cities Metropolitan Area of Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee with almost 500,000 persons. Because of its geographic location in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley Region, the county experiences four distinct and spectacularly beautiful seasons with moderate temperatures prevailing. Interstate 81, which bisects the county, provides easy access to I-77, I-26, and I-64.

Business Support

Smyth County is proud to boast a low cost of doing business. Businesses who call our area home draw their employees from a skilled, hard-working labor pool while simultaneously benefiting from low worker’s compensation outlays, unemployment tax burdens, utility costs, and building costs that are substantially lower than state and national averages. Read on to find out how Smyth County will go beyond your expectations.

Skilled Workforce



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Low Cost of Doing Business

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Permitting & Licensing

For more information please contact a member of the Economic Development team:

County Administrator
121 Bagley Circle, Suite 100
Marion, VA  24354
Phone:  (276) 783-3298
Fax:  (276) 783-9314
Kendra HaydenKendra Hayden, Administrative Assistant
121 Bagley Circle, Suite 100
Marion, VA  24354
Phone:  (276) 783-3298 ext. 8304
Fax:  (276) 783-9314