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

#6 in America’s Favorite Towns
– Travel & Leisure, 2016

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

I am excited that the National League of Cities made us one of the stops in their 100 city tour as we celebrate NLC’s 100th anniversary! Our Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation and Harrisonburg Economic Development did a great job on the tour showing off our city! It was a proud moment to highlight the love shown by our residents toward the nonprofit community. Today we will raise $2 Million dollars as a collective community between Harrisonburg, VA - and Rockingham County. That’s a lot of love and care! ... See MoreSee Less
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We're looking forward to the Startup Champions Summit!Harrisonburg Economic Development is a key player in creating a thriving environment for businesses and innovation. By collaborating with local partners like James Madison University, they're cultivating a dynamic ecosystem where ideas flourish and businesses thrive. Don't miss your opportunity to talk with those who make some of the biggest impacts on entrepreneurship in the valley! Get your tickets to our Spring Summit now ➡️ bit.ly/3NH1b6m ... See MoreSee Less
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What's the best way to build a more resilient tech ecosystem in the wake of tech layoffs? This is one pressing question that you and your fellow ecosystem builders will explore at our Spring Summit! Led by Challenge Host, Leigh Evans (Shenandoah Valley Technology Council) and Peirce MacGill (Harrisonburg Economic Development), we'll build on the issues that the Shenandoah Valley Tech Council faces with the expansion of membership.Get your tickets ➡️ bit.ly/3NH1b6m ... See MoreSee Less
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SAVE THE DATE: Best.Weekend.Ever. is Saturday June 15 in Downtown Harrisonburg! ... See MoreSee Less
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Thinking about starting a business? Then LAUNCH HARRISONBURG may be for you! Applications are due April 15th. While we wait, let's meet our LAUNCH facilitators - Nick Koger and Chris Ashley.Nick KogerNick is the Community Outreach Manager at Shenandoah Community Capital Fund where he builds relationships with Valley entrepreneurs. Nick has been instrumental in launching several businesses, including a Web Design Agency, Mobile App Startup, and a Farmers Market delivery service. Chris AshleyChris is a solutions-oriented, creative entrepreneur from Goochland, VA. Immediately after college, Chris co-founded a company with fellow JMU alumni to design and build large format industrial 3D printers to be used in industrial prototyping capacities. While pursuing this project, Chris also started a second company, Collegiate Customs, printing custom t-shirts and other gear for fraternities, sororities, and other college organizations. Over the following 4 years, Collegiate Customs has expanded to schools up and down the east coastTo learn more and apply, visit: www.harrisonburgdevelopment.com ... See MoreSee Less
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New Eclipse Milkshake ❤️ Black Raspberry & Oreo Milkshake Topped w| whipped cream, caramel & Oreo crumbles. Order yours today at JMU baseball game at Eagle Field at Veteran’s Memorial Park. @jmubaseball ... See MoreSee Less
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LAUNCH HARRISONBURG applications are due April 15th. This is a fantastic program that has helped "launch" many entrepreneurs in Harrisonburg. Don't take our word for it though, hear from graduate Morgan Gross. Morgan recently opened Valley Creative Reuse on S. High Street. "LAUNCH was exactly what I was looking for to help me pull everything together to get my vision off the ground. My vision was workshopped throughout the 10 weeks, a strong motivator to continue to have the "customer conversations" I had been working on already, and by the end of the 10 weeks, my vision was ready to come to life. I launched social media for Valley Creative Reuse within a month of completing LAUNCH, and within 6 months opened the doors of Harrisonburg's first creative reuse space, an art & craft supplies thrift store + more. I can't recommend LAUNCH highly enough-- and the best part was being able to do this in community, along with entrepreneurial peers and the guidance of our experienced facilitators." To apply, visit www.harrisonburgdevelopment.com ... See MoreSee Less
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Virginia Scan is a service of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. The database is not a comprehensive listing of commercial spaces/sites available in Harrisonburg. If you would like your space listed in Virginia Scan, please contact us.