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Business and Economic Development

Location & Transportation

Louisa County is centrally located within less than an hour drive of three major metropolitan areas— Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. Interstate 64 extends the entire distance of the county’s southern border, connecting Charlottesville and Richmond, while Route 208 connects Louisa’s Lake Anna to Fredericksburg and Interstate 95.

In addition, U.S. Route 522 bisects the north and south while U.S. Route 33 extends east and west, connecting Louisa to U.S. Route 29 and Interstates 295, 64 and 95. Louisa County is serviced by all the major carriers from the adjacent cities, as well as UPS and FedEx. Commercial air service is available at the Richmond, Charlottesville and Washington Reagan Airports and international service at Washington Dulles Airport. General aviation service is available at Freeman Field, located in the Louisa County Industrial Air Park, featuring a 4,300-foot runway.

The Buckingham Branch Railroad provides daily service and dual rail connections to both the CSX and Norfolk-Southern Railroads. The international seaports of Hampton Roads are 2.5 hours from Louisa via Interstate 64.

Industry

The Louisa County Industrial Air Park is located between the towns of Louisa and Mineral. The park is adjacent to Freeman Field, which features a 4,300-foot runway that provides air access to its industries and their customers and suppliers alike. The recently expanded industrial park offers for sale cleared industrial sites ranging from four to 20 acres with all utilities. The Cooke Rail Park, with its more than 1,500 acres and service available to both the CSX and Norfolk Southern Railroads, is one of the few “Mega Parks” in Virginia.

Louisa County has a labor force of 16,529 workers, of which over half commute to their jobs in the surrounding greater metropolitan areas of Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. The current unemployment rate is 8 percent.

Louisa County is fast becoming a center of “green” industry. Dominion North Anna is providing safe and clean nuclear energy, Woodfuels Virginia is a major new manufacturer of renewable wood fuel pellets and C3RS is a new state-of-the-art tire to crumb rubber recycler.

Business

Louisa County continues to experience strong commercial and retail growth and development, even in today’s economy. Zion Crossroads is rapidly becoming a regional commercial and retail hub. Its location on Interstate 64 at U.S. Route 15 provides easy access to the surrounding region and a new James River water source will provide water for continued growth.

There are several new businesses under construction and some have already opened at Zion Crossroads. These include a Walmart SuperCenter, Lowe’s, Best Western Hotel and Conference Center, IHOP, Virginia Community Bank, Dental Office and University of Virginia Credit Union. The Shoppes at Spring Creek will soon begin construction of 20,000 square feet of retail space, and a new medical office building will soon begin in the Spring Creek Business Park. In the Town of Louisa, several new businesses have opened, including Peebles Department Store, restaurants, shops, a bed & breakfast and Louisa Hardware has doubled its size by expanding into a new building. A new Dollar General store has also opened in the Town of Mineral. For more information, call The County Economic Development Office at (540) 967-4581, or visit www.louisacounty.com.

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