Virginia Cultivates Innovation

Equidistant to New York City and Atlanta, and within a day’s shipping reach to two-thirds of the US population, Virginia is perfectly situated to serve future-focused companies. It has a robust talent pipeline of highly educated workers in innovation, research and development. It ranks 5th in engineering graduates and is home to Virginia Tech, one of the top 50 research institutions in the world. CNBC ranked Virginia as the top state for business in 2019.

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Seize the Future with Us

Our operating company, Appalachian Power, serves nearly 530,000 customers in Virginia, including commercial and industrial customers from a wide range of industries. Steel Dynamics, Ballast Point Brewing, Volvo Trucks, Greif Brothers and Goodyear are a few of the brands that call our region home.

Contact Whitney Czelusniak, Manager of Economic and Business Development

  • I joined AEP in 2021 after having previously served as the Economic Development Coordinator for Washington County, VA. In this role, I was responsible for oversight of the County’s economic development functions, including planning and coordinating activities that focused on retaining existing and attracting new businesses and investments.
  • My prior experience includes serving as an Economic Development Specialist for the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development where I designed and implemented applied research and technical assistance projects benefiting public and private sector entities throughout the Commonwealth. I began my career in local government as a Management Fellow for the City of Savannah, Georgia.
  • A proud native of Southwest Virginia, I completed my undergraduate education at Roanoke College, and my Master’s in Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Economic Development at Virginia Tech. I am a member of several community and professional organizations, including the Virginia Economic Developers Association and Rotary International.

Lay of the Land

We serve 34 counties in our 11,000 square-mile territory in central and southwestern Virginia.

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Key Industries in Virginia

Energy & Chemicals

Food & Beverage

Metals

Paper & Timber

Logisitics

Plastics & Rubber

Boundless Advantages

Strategically located in the Mid-Atlantic region, Virginia is a multimodal transportation hub with extensive interstate, rail and port infrastructure providing easy access for a wide range of goods and services. Scroll below to see more of what Virginia has to offer.

For more, visit the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s webpage.

Power in Virginia

Appalachian Power’s distribution and transmission offerings can accommodate large industrial users. We bring energy solutions to meet your biggest challenges. Here’s how we help to power your success.

Cost-competitive electric rates

Our industrial rates are lower than the US national average.

Economic development incentives

We offer incentives for new customers with over 1,000 kW of load. You receive a 25% reduction in your demand charge for the first five years of operation.

Renewables options

With our 100% renewables program,  you can purchase energy exclusively from the renewable resources in Appalachian Power’s generation portfolio.

Cash rebates

We offer several incentives for energy efficiency improvements.

Advisory services

Advisory services for industrial process improvements, sustainability and resiliency solutions and more. Our energy capabilities can be customized for your needs.

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