Economic Development for the City of Staunton says that what is attracting the
economy to bloom in Staunton is the location, logistics and labour. The easy
accessibility to two interstate highways, along with air and rail commuting
facilities, has caused businesses to flourish. Now, Staunton is just a few
hours away from Washington DC, Richmond and Norfolk.
City of Staunton receives over 74,000 travellers daily and over 25 million
annually. In Staunton, companies aim at providing a strong work-life balance,
this is how they achieve long-term businesses.
In March 2012, Site Selection Magazine ranked
Staunton/ Augusta/ Waynesboro’s economy as one of the country’s strongest
micropolitan areas. A “micropolitan”
region is an “urbanized area” comprising of a population size of 10,000 to
50,000 people, as defined by The US Census Bureau.
is considered a transportation hub as it offers advanced access to rail,
highway and air. Staunton’s
ground transportation network includes major highways like Interstate 81,
Interstate 64, Route 250 and Route 11. A full host of freight logistic
companies also service the area.
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport being just 20 minutes away, there is
commercial air service with United. Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, a
45-minute drive from Staunton, offers service with US Airways, United, Delta,
and American Airlines. Air service is also provided by Dulles International
Airport (2.5 hours), as well as Richmond and Roanoke (1.5 hours).
Staunton is served by Amtrak lines including the Cardinal line (New York –
Washington, DC – Cincinnati – Indianapolis – Chicago) and the Crescent line
(New York – Atlanta – New Orleans). Staunton
and the surrounding area also have an extensive public transportation system
offering trolley and shuttle service throughout the region.
is the heart of Virginia’s education and technology corridor; it is home to 16
public and 3 private K-12 schools, plus 11 colleges and universities within 35
minutes. Expansion Magazine has named Staunton’s public Schools a
“Gold Medal School System,” and ranked them among the top 15% in the nation.
Staunton city school system meets all requirements of No Child Left Behind.
Reuters ranked Augusta Health amongst its 100 Top Hospital and among the top 5%
of U.S. hospitals for patient safety and clinical excellence by HealthGrades.
Augusta Health is reputed for its advanced programs in researching cancer and
is considered one of the finest community hospitals in America.
UVA Health System, located 45
minutes away, includes a 570-bed Magnet hospital, level I trauma center,
nationally recognized cancer and health centres and children’s hospital, and
primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia. UVA
Health staff has been recognized for excellence by publications like U.S. News
& World Report, Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Doctors and more.
STAUNTON POINTS OF INTEREST
Staunton boasts a thriving art and music scene, access to some of
the best outdoor recreation on the East Coast, and one of the most authentic
farm-to-table culinary experiences in Virginia.
The downtown proudly displays six historic
districts and a dazzling variety of architecture. Shops, restaurants, theatres,
and galleries are all independently operated, contributing to a rich and varied
street life. Over 500,000 tourists visit the Valley’s many attractions.