Our mission is to create economic and industrial growth opportunities and to increase the quality of life for the citizens of Wise County.
Business Attraction & Relocation
Business Retention & Expansion
Small Business Support
Community Engagement & Support
Tourism & Recreation
From our County Administrator
Thank you for your interest in economic and industrial development in Wise County! We are excited at the opportunity to continue economic growth in the county and feel as though this site will provide current and potential new businesses with the information and tools they need to be successful. As Wise County looks toward a more diversified economy we will focus our efforts on attracting new and emerging technology sectors, opportunities for advanced manufacturing and continued support for small businesses in each of our communities. Economic growth is a team effort and our staff is committed to working in conjunction with regional partners, including InvestSWVA, the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) and the LENOWISCO Planning District Commission, to advance our efforts of bringing jobs and investment to Wise County.
As an employer in Wise County, you will discover a strong work ethic from our dedicated workforce. We also boast an extremely strong education system. Appalachian students as a whole, and particularly Wise County students, consistently lead the state in standardized test scores. Our athletic and academic teams are consistently competitive on the state level. A strong work ethic begins in our education system and continues long after school age into adult life.
We encourage you to get to know Wise County and if I or our Economic Development staff can assist you in any way please feel free to contact our office.
Thank you for visiting Wise County!
Mr. Michael Hatfield
Economic Development Director
Mr. Brian Falin
Industrial Development Supervisor
Ms. Natalie Chapman
Economic Development & Grants Supervisor
Mr. Carl Snodgrass
Wise County IDA - Executive Director
Please note that our site is in the process of merging with the new Wise County website, which expects to launch in May 2021!
You may notice a change in appearance and/or content as we prepare to merge the site. Please be patient as we work through this process.
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Wise County Economic Profile
Wise County is located in the southwestern tip of Virginia in the midst of the Appalachian Mountains. The independent city of Norton is situated near the center of this predominantly rural community. The Kentucky state line forms the western boundary of Wise County. The community is within close proximity to the Interstate highway network allowing for easy access to both eastern and mid-western markets. US Highway 23 and US Highway 58 intersect in the County and provide convenient access to I26, I81, I75 and I77 making Wise County a premier location for commerce. An abundant natural resource base consisting of natural gas, coal, timber, and mineral deposits represents special opportunities for economic diversification.
Wise County provides state-of-the-art infrastructure, skilled labor and extensive training opportunities to serve its new and existing industry. The county is an ideal location for manufacturing or information technology-related companies. Sykes, Crutchfield and Mullican Flooring have already found success in the county, and parks such as the Lonesome Pine Regional Business and Technology Park offer an excellent location for your business. Aggressive incentive packages are available through the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority as well as other financing sources.