Highland County 2016 New Year’s Resolution: We resolve to fully leverage our space at the newly renovated Highland Center when we move in late spring. Our Retreat/Conference facility in the Center, coupled with our commercial kitchens to support locally-raised, value-added agricultural products, can support more business in Highland than ever and attract new residents to our County. 

May Update & Focus: On Sunday, May 1, 2016, over 300 community members turned out to celebrate the Highland Center’s ribbon cutting. The $3.4 million renovation project was supported by private and public donations. Built in 1922 and on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register, today the Highland Center serves as a catalyst for cultural and economic development. 

                                                                                     Hotel Madison

Project Specifics Include:
The 20,000 square foot facility includes:

  • Retreat Conference Space: Visitors to bring more mid-week business to Highland. 
  • Board Room: Breakout room for retreats and meeting space for community organizations including Highland EDA, Chamber of Commerce, and Tourism Council
  • Auditorium: Multi-use space that can accommodate up to 180 persons.
  • Visitor Center: A space to actively welcome visitors to the county by providing a wide array of resources about the activities and uniqueness of Highland.
  • Business Incubation Space: Come start a new business and get support/help along the way. From equipment to technical assistance and business counseling – we are here to help you grow until you are ready to be out on your own. 
  • Telecommuting or telework: Space available to those who don’t want the distraction of working from home but want the access to high-speed internet and equipment to do their work. You can rent by the hour, day, week or month. 
  • Co-Working Space: Come use shared space and get energy and ideas from other innovative people.
  • Commercial Kitchens: Two USDA inspected kitchens; one can carry a dairy license, the other for more general use. 
  • Dry-Good Storage and Pantry: Offers secure storage for kitchen users.
  • Walk-in Freezer and Refrigerators: for agricultural and food based businesses.
  • Emergency Shelter: With connection to a large generator, the Center has the ability for food preparation during power outages and can provide shelter. 
  • Cultural Arts Wing: provides space for Performing, Visual, and Music Arts, treasured by our community. 

We’ll launch major marketing efforts in July through a program grant from Virginia Tourism Corporation with match from our Highland Tourism Council and Chamber of Commerce partners.

To learn more about space and services available at the Highland Center, contact Betty or Josh at 540-468-1922 or highlandcenter@htcnet.org