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From the breathtaking beauty of rural mountain landscapes to the bustle of charming Charlottesville and the stunning sophistication of its smaller towns, Central Virginia has earned a reputation as the right place to roost.

The Blue Ridge Mountains and picturesque roadways such as the Blue Ridge Parkway may draw visitors into the region, but Central Virginia’s excellent quality of life, rich diversity, top-notch educational options, ample job opportunities and outstanding outdoor activities tend to turn those visitors into residents.

Business is booming in Central Virginia. Information technology, advanced manufacturing, bioscience and medical devices, agribusiness, and defense and security are just a few of its thriving industries. The region is also powered by a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, which contributes more than $644 million to the commonwealth’s economy. In the past 25 years, more than 50 companies have been started because of the university’s innovations, and more than 65,000 companies have been started by UVA graduates globally.

When the weekend rolls around, there’s plenty of dining, shopping, entertainment and outdoor options to keep you busy. From a robust network of trails for hiking and biking to a deep reservoir of water sports (boating, rafting, fishing, waterskiing), the sky’s the limit when it comes to things to do in the area. And serving as a beautiful backdrop to it all is the Shenandoah National Park, filled with wildlife, wildflowers, waterfalls and 200,000 acres of wonder.

History buffs will love exploring the presidential history of the region at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier and James Monroe’s Highland.

Livability Central Virginia is sponsored by the Central Virginia Partnership.

In This Issue

Love Where You Live

Why Central Virginia is a Great Place to Live

Make Your Move

5 Reasons to Call Central Virginia Home

Love Where You Live

How Residents Enjoy the Vast Vistas of Central Virginia

Experiences & Adventures

5 Historic Sites You Must Visit in Central Virginia

Love Where You Live

Central Virginia Celebrates Black-Owned Wineries

Experiences & Adventures

The Arts are Alive in Central Virginia

Education, Careers & Opportunity

Central Virginia is All About Business

Love Where You Live

The University of Virginia Finds Strength in Differences

Experiences & Adventures

All Eyes on The Louisa Arts Center in Central Virginia

Education, Careers & Opportunity

Central Virginia is Experiencing a Biotech Boom

Where to Live Now

How Central Virginia Supports Sustainability 

Education, Careers & Opportunity

A Talent Show: Central Virginia’s Workforce Comes Out on Top

Food Scenes

Back on the Farm: Central Virginia’s Agricultural Interests

Education, Careers & Opportunity

Hantzmon Wiebel Offers a Wealth of Job Opportunities in Charlottesville, VA

Education, Careers & Opportunity

Germanna Community College Dental Program Helps Students Compete

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