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Highlands Business Park in southwestern Virginia can help.

Labor force numbers 240,000

Nearly 30,000 manfucturing workforce available

Located in Glade Spring, Virginia, a mile from Exit 29 of Interstate 81, Highlands Business Park is situated within a 60-minute drive of a population of nearly 500,000, and the region is projected to see growth in the next five years.

The regional workforce in Smyth and Washingfton counties, the joint operators of the park, numbers nearly 240,000 that includes 217,000 persons age 15 to 44. Nearly 30,000 in the labor force are experienced in manufacturing skills. Unemployment is at 8.9% and underemployment is 11.02%.

Workforce training resources are abundant in the region through the state's Jobs Investment Program, Virginia Highlands Community College and the Manufacturing Technology Center. A unique partnership is the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. (SVAM), a nonprofit membership organization created to build networking and skills training programs for industries, to educate the public about advanced manufacturing, and to publicize career opportunities in the region.