Renowned Colleges and Universities
College Graduates Annually
Great American Main Street Award by the National Main Street Center
Lowest Cost of Business in Forbes Best Small Cities for Business

Located on the Interstate-81 corridor in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Harrisonburg is the ideal location for businesses seeking to balance quality of life with a low cost of doing business. As a university town, Harrisonburg is a bustling city with a young, talented workforce and a supportive business environment.   

National publications have recognized this unique combination of assets that Harrisonburg offers: 

Ranked #2 for Lowest Cost of Business in Best Small Cities for Business – Forbes, 2019

Named 1 of the 10 Most Livable College Towns in America – Strategistico.com, 2022

#2 in 10 Best Mountain Towns in Virginia
Travel & Leisure, 2024

Named one of America’s Top 10 Mountain Bike Towns – National Geographic Society, 2017

Ranked #1 in the Top Cities for Starting a Business in the U.S. PennyGeeks.com, 2018

Named one of the 25 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. – Forbes, 2017

Ranked #7 out of 325 metro areas in Best Places for Millennials to Move
 Reviews.org, 2019

Ranked #12 out of 325 metro areas
in Best Places to Work in Manufacturing – SmartAsset, 2021

The group of businesses at the Manufactory Collective!We have signage!! Huge thanks to Embracing Fire Designs and Nate for all their hard work. One cool thing about this sign is that it’s all reused from the original sign! We love up cycling around here!#signs #shenandoahvalley #harrisonburgva ... See MoreSee Less
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Harrisonburg Economic Development and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance won an award from the Virginia Economic Developers Association for our Downtown 2040 plan! ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations Dr. Swartz!Join us in congratulating our officially named Dean, Dr Nicholas Swartz! We are thrilled that we continue to operate under his amazing leadership as we have been for the past two years during his tenure as Interim Dean. From Nick: "I am deeply honored to be named dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Education. Serving as interim dean over the past two years has allowed me to witness firsthand the incredible impact our programs have on individuals and the community. SPCE plays a vital role in providing accessible education and professional development opportunities, driving economic growth and enhancing the quality of life in our region. I look forward to continuing our work to expand these opportunities and support lifelong learning for all."Read more below at this link:www.jmu.edu/news/2024/05/28-nick-swartz-appointed-dean.shtmlHarrisonburg Economic Development Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce James Madison University Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance James Madison University Lifelong Learning Institute JMU Adult Degree Program JMU Adult Degree Program ... See MoreSee Less
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