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Site Selectors

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership provides a single source for comprehensive economic, demographic and real estate information to facilitate the site selection process. Visits to the Shenandoah Valley are welcomed. The Partnership will arrange site tours and provide community orientation and labor availability assessment. The Partnership acts as a liaison with state and local agencies, utility and business assistance providers to assure that business prospects have access to all the advantages of doing business in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Our web site is designed to expedite site selection research and data collection with two easy to use databases. A regional database provides statistical information and the sites and buildings database provides detailed specs on available sites and buildings in the region. If you do not find the information you need, contact us for personal and confidential assistance. We guarantee a quick response to your requests.

 

Austin Consulting Uses Site Selection Criteria to Rank The Shenandoah Valley-2012

Consultants from Austin Consulting and Chabin Concepts recently evaluated the Shenandoah Valley for potential project locations and ranked our region on the following site selection factors. Where the consultants may have differed on a ranking, an average of the two was used.  Areas where they did not evaluate are left blank. Here are some of the categories:

 Ranking scale from 1 non-competitive to 5 very competitive.

 

 

1=Non-competitive5=Competitive

Factor

Details

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2

3

4

5

Location

Market access

 

 

 

x

 

Proximity to suppliers

 

 

X

 

 

 Raw material & supplier access

 

 

X

 

 

Available “shovel ready” sites

 

 

X

 

 

Occupancy costs

 

 

 

 

 

Building costs

 

 

X

 

 

Utilities/ Infrastructure (cost (rates & fees), system capacity, quality and service provider)

Electricity

 

 

 

X

 

Renewable Energy

 

 

X

 

 

Natural gas

 

 

 

X

 

Water

 

 

X

 

 

Waste water

 

 

X

 

 

Telecommunications – advanced ICT services

 

 

X

 

 

Transportation

Highway- interstate access

 

 

 

X

 

– Highway distance from industrial sites

 

 

 

X

 

Shipping costs – inbound and outbound

 

 

X

 

 

Local roads – access and conditions

 

 

X

 

 

Air service – commercial and cargo

 

 

X

 

 

–Distance to major hub

 

 

 

 

X

Public transportation

 

 

X

 

 

Carriers – LTL, small parcel

 

 

X

 

 

Port facilities – proximity

 

 

X

 

 

Workforce

Availability

 

 

 

X

 

Skills

 

 

 

X

 

–Skilled workforce tied to targets

 

 

 

X

 

Cost effectiveness

 

 

 

X

 

Labor management relations (labor unions)

 

 

 

X

 

Good work ethic

 

 

 

X

 

Training resources/Educational institutions

 

 

 

 

X

Recruiting services

 

 

 

 

X

–Industry specific training

 

 

 

 

X

Future pipeline of workforce

 

 

X

 

 

Union profile

 

 

 

X

 

–Right to Work State

 

 

 

 

X

Business Climate

Local officials involvement

 

 

 

X

 

Government support for growth & business

 

 

X

 

 

Public opinion for growth & business

 

 

 

X

 

Business retention program

 

 

X

 

 

Regulatory environment

 

 

X

 

 

Permitting fees

 

 

 

X

 

Permitting process – ability to “fast-track”

 

 

 

X

 

Insurance and Fire Insurance rankings

 

 

X

 

 

Taxation (state & local)

Corporate Tax Rate

 

 

 

 

X

Property taxes

 

 

 

 

X

Personnel taxes

 

 

 

X

 

Income taxes

 

 

 

X

 

Sales taxes

 

 

 

X

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

Business Costs

One time costs

 

 

X

 

 

Variable operating costs

 

 

 

X

 

Incentives (state & local)

Cash

 

 

X

 

 

Fee deferrals, reductions

 

 

X

 

 

Complimentary services (i.e. recruiting, screening)

 

 

 

X

 

Workforce training

 

 

 

X

 

Fast-track permitting

 

 

X

 

 

Financing / Venture Capital

Access to financing resources

 

 

X

 

 

Long-term financing

 

 

X

 

 

Technical assistance

 

 

 

X

 

Research, Knowledge & Innovation

Local research institutions – who they are, what they are researching

 

 

 

X

 

Business involvement & outreach from research institutions

 

 

 

 

X

Tech transfer

 

 

 

X

 

Patents, licensing of technology

 

 

 

 

 

Technical University

 

 

 

 

X

Quality of Life

Community appearance

 

 

 

 

X

Cost of living

 

 

X

 

 

Housing availability, affordability

 

 

X

 

 

K-12 education rankings

 

 

 

X

 

Safety/crime rate

 

 

 

 

X

Healthcare facilities

 

 

 

 

X

Cultural, arts, entertainment, shopping amenities

 

 

 

 

X

Recreational opportunities

 

 

 

x

 

Climate

 

 

 

 

X

Business Overview
Community Overview
Workforce
Market Access
Incentives
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