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.See quality industrial sites Deals we've done
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
Paper & Timber
Plastics & Rubber
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.
Building costs in Roanoke and Lynchburg are 15% lower than the national average.
Since 1972, Virginia has had a stable 6% corporate income tax, lower than the national median of 6.5%.
The Commonwealth ranks #1 for best regulatory environment (Forbes 2018) and #3 for business-friendly environment (CNBC 2019).
With the nation’s 3rd largest state-maintained transportation network, Virginia has 6 major north-south and east-west interstate routes, including I-81, I-77, and I-64 in AEP’s territory.
Virginia residents enjoy access to the nation’s 6th best K-12 public education system (Wallet Hub).
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.
With our 100% renewables program, you can purchase energy exclusively from the renewable resources in Appalachian Power’s generation portfolio.
We offer several incentives for energy efficiency improvements.
Advisory services for industrial process improvements, sustainability and resiliency solutions and more. Our energy capabilities can be customized for your needs.More energy solutions