Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development provides services, programs and information to support business location, growth and development, to foster economic opportunity for business and citizens, and to promote the County’s dynamic blend of assets, access and environment that makes Surry County a great place to live, work and to locate and grow business.

Take the rural route to success!


Surry County is strategically located between two dynamic metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs); Richmond and Hampton Roads, Surry County has a great advantage for business location:

  • 10 miles south of Williamsburg/James City County
  • 40 miles southeast of The Port of Hampton Roads
  • 50 miles southeast of Richmond and 50 miles northwest of Norfolk
  • 176 miles south of Washington, D.C.
  • State Route 31 and 40 bisect the county from the south heading towards the James River.
  • U.S. Highway 460 crosses the southern boundary of the County providing access to Richmond and the Hampton Roads area
  • Connectivity to Prince George and Isle of Wight County via historic State Route 10, along the south bank of the James River
  • Close proximity to major military, naval, and research centers makes it an ideal location for contractor facilities
  • Located on the James River, our 23 miles of shoreline links business directly to the Ports of Hampton Roads & Richmond and lends access to shipping and transportation points all over the world

Business Climate

Surry offers an environment in which businesses can grow and prosper. Expect to find business-friendly government employees and a excellent quality of life. With major interstates, waterway, rail and port proximity, products can be moved quickly throughout the United States. Customers, goods and services will have easy access to any business location in Surry County.

  • Quality government services and reasonable permitting and zoning processes
  • Low tax rate structure and overall low cost of doing business
  • Developed business and public utility infrastructure essential to business location and expansion (i.e. broadband access; HRSD service area)
  • Abundant supply of water
  • Trained and available workforce locally and within the region

Surry is proud to be the home of:

  • Edwards Virginia Smokehouse – a producer of world-famous smoke-cured hams
  • Surry Power Station - Dominion Energy which supports 900 jobs in Surry
  • Windsor Mills – a leader in the interior/exterior trim market since 1972

Quality of Life

Surry County takes pride in its natural beauty and resources, historical treasures, waterfront panoramas, parks, and farmland. Plan a visit today, to discover all there is to experience in Surry County.  


The Surry County School Division consists of one elementary, one middle school and one high school.

  • Top notched per pupil spending
  • Excellent attendance rates
  • 46% of students earn advanced diplomas
  • 88% “on time” graduation rate
  • Low teacher to student ratios

View the Surry County School Division quality profile.

Higher Learning

The region has the highest concentration of colleges and universities in the entire State of Virginia. Major colleges and universities include:

Other institutions for higher learning located in the region, and within close proximity to Surry, are: 

John Tyler Community College (JTCC) represents a significant presence, providing a wide range of opportunities in continuing education. JTCC maintains a close relationship with the Surry County School Division, providing curriculum development to specifically meet some of the region’s specialized workforce development needs. Also, Thomas Nelson and Tidewater Community Colleges are within an hour drive.