Talent Development

A population of 50,000 supports a robust workforce of more than 23,000, serving the range of businesses that support the region’s industry base. The Northern Neck Technical Center provides comprehensive technical education, and the University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center and Rappahannock Community College Workforce Development Center both offer customized training to teach individuals in the region hands-on skills for immediate application in the workplace.

A wide range of businesses thrive in the region, including sawmills and timber-based companies, precision machining and circuit board manufacturing, oyster aquaculture, fishing reel manufacturing, trailer machining and assembly, wineries, breweries, agricultural crop services, and security training.