Regional Highlights

The I81-I77 Crossroads region is at the intersection of two major interstate highways, allowing companies quick access to national markets. Composed of six counties (Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe) and two cities (Bristol and Galax) with a total population of nearly 200,000, much of the area lies in picturesque valleys bordered by the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountain ranges.

Its diverse manufacturing base includes snack foods and Gatorade, precision parts for the world’s leading automakers, and high-tech companies in the plastics, furniture, distribution, and defense industries. Internationally recognized companies such as ABB, General Dynamics, Pepsi, and Utility Trailer call the region home, thanks to its strategic location, trained workforce, and quality of life.