Overview

The Northern Shenandoah Valley includes Clarke, Frederick, and Warren counties, and the City of Winchester. The region borders the Washington, D.C., MSA, offering quick access to the nation’s capital and other major metro areas.

The area draws from an extended labor force of over 500,000 that supplies a pipeline of talent for the region’s diverse industry base, including manufacturing, food processing and agribusiness, professional services, logistics and distribution, and technology. The Northern Shenandoah Valley is home to companies of all sizes from local to global, such as Navy Federal Credit Union, Berryville Graphics, Kraft Foods, Winchester Metals, and Amazon.

The Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal provides intermodal transportation service and connections to ocean shipping and U.S. Customs clearance; and Washington-Dulles Airport, a major international gateway, is less than a one-hour drive from the region.

Recognized as a popular tourist destination for its outdoor amenities, the region’s location in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley provides numerous recreational activities.

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Location

The Northern Shenandoah Valley is located in northwestern Virginia, bordering Maryland to the north and West Virginia to the west. Businesses move product in and out of the region with ease via multiple highways, CSX Transportation, the Virginia Inland Port, and nearby major international airports.

Northern Shenandoah Valley

 

  • Interstates 66 and 81 run through the region and provide easy access to markets along the Eastern Seaboard and the Midwest.
  • Eight additional interstates are 42 miles or less from the region: I-68 (14 miles), I-70 (18 miles), I-270 (27 miles), I-370 (33 miles), I-495 (36 miles), I-76 (36 miles), I-99 (41 miles), and I-95 (42 miles).
  • Freight rail service is provided by CSX Transportation, linking to Norfolk Southern.
  • The Virginia Inland Port (VIP), an intermodal container transfer facility, is located in the region, and The Port of Virginia in Hampton Roads is 204 miles southeast.
  • Two regional airports provide general aviation services, and Washington-Dulles International (IAD) offers commercial flights and cargo transportation less than 40 minutes from Frederick County.
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) offer additional options in less than two hours.

Livability

Well-known employers, award-winning institutions of education, a nationally recognized medical center, and a rich quality of life draw people of all ages to the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) and Shenandoah University are located in Winchester-Frederick County, Old Dominion University is accessible via TeleTech Net at LFCC, and satellite campuses of Virginia Tech and UVA are located within an hour's drive. George Mason, George Washington, and James Madison Universities are other popular higher education options near the region.

George Washington National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, and the Shenandoah River are some of the region’s more recognizable outdoor attractions. Skyline Drive, running along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, attracts visitors nationwide to admire the breathtaking views.

Winchester Ciderworks

Winchester Ciderworks, Winchester

Large tracts of forests, national parks, numerous water resources, caverns, and historical sites provide area residents and tourists a range of recreational opportunities. The limestone Skyline Caverns in Warren County are an underground wonderland, with mysterious passageways, rock formations, and streams.

Many annual festivals also celebrate the beauty and diversity of the area, including the Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon & Wine Festival, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, the Virginia Wine & Craft Festival, and the Festival of Leaves.

For nearly four decades, we have benefited from a dedicated, skilled workforce in Virginia that is committed to our mission, and we look forward to furthering our impact on the Commonwealth’s economy.

Paul Vitagliano VP and GM, Clinical Diagnostics, Thermo Fisher Scientific