Shenandoah Valley/Blue Ridge/Regions 8 & 9

About the Region

Regions 8 consists of the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro, Winchester, and the counties of Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren. Region 8 spans the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and is comprised of 16 cities and counties. The regional geography encompasses shining examples of American countryside in the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, along with an abundance of historical properties. This area is also famed for its agricultural legacy and the industry continues to generate significant economic activity within the region.

Region 9 consists of the city of Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and Rappahannock. Region 9 incorporates eleven localities in Central Virginia that together encompass rural settings and active downtown main streets.

Region 8 Stats:

Total Population 538,346

Total Employment 248,553

Unemployment Rate 2.9%

Median Income Level $40,052

Mfg. Establishments 803

Mfg. Employment 35,084

Region 9 Stats:

Total Population 432,939

Total Employment 208,404

Unemployment Rate 2.6%

Median Income Level $48,154

Target Industries Combined:

Financial and Business Services, Healthcare, IT/Communications, Light Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics, Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Food and Beverage Manufacturing

Strategies Combined:

Talent Development, Growing Existing Businesses, Startups/Innovation/Commercialization

Select Clients Served Regionally:

  • AccuTec Blades, Inc.
  • Boss Instruments Ltd.
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Company
  • Directed Vapor Technologies, Inc.
  • Mikro Systems, Inc.
  • Power Monitors, Inc.
  • SUNRUNR of Virginia, Inc.
  • Virginia Industries for the Blind

Client Testimonials:

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“While our formal GENEDGE impact statement tells a story of our level of satisfaction for GENEDGE’s efforts working with us, we want to relay our appreciation for guiding the discussions over the past several months – a very informative and worthwhile effort. We want to stay engaged with GENEDGE as we grow and scale, not only to have a fresh set of eyes in our planning, but also to help maximize our potential with available GENEDGE resources.”

– Mike Tyson, VP Programs, Dynovis, Inc., Fairfield, Va.

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“XDOT has done several marketing and business development projects with GENEDGE over the past 5 years. We have been very happy with their ability to provide us with high quality resources that are a great fit to our evolving needs, and at a budget level that works for us as a small business. We expect that GENEDGE will continue to be an important resource as we grow.”

– Erik Swanson, PhD, PE, President & Founder, XDOTTM Engineering/Analysis, Charlottesville, Va.

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