Resurgent manufacturing sector drives SWVA rebound (Virginia Business)

Southwest Virginia continued to ride the nation’s economic upswing in 2014.

Numerous longstanding employers announced expansions from the Roanoke Valley down through the New River Valley and farther southwest, while two localities on the Blue Ridge Plateau — Carroll County and Grayson County — saw new businesses fill spots left vacant by previous occupants.

Now, however, the growth is starting to bump up against constraints, some natural and others due to a shrinking inventory of space and infrastructure.

Go to Virginia Business for my complete look at Southwest Virginia’s 2014 in economic development, along with a closer examination of a game-changing deal in Grayson County.