To develop a well-balanced economic development program through recruitment and existing business efforts which create increased tax revenue and high quality job opportunities for Orange residents while preserving the natural and cultural make-up of Orange County.
To create a business environment that fosters entrepreneurial growth, attracts quality investment, with high value jobs in a community with an affordable cost of living and a great quality of life.
Strategic Plan Development
In order to establish the Strategic Plan, The Orange County Economic Development Office conducted a series of community input sessions to learn the desires and needs of the community related to economic development. These community input sessions included various stakeholder groups including; the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Orange County School Board, major employers, environmental groups, faith based and minority groups, Town Councils, County Board of Supervisors, and the Economic Development Authority. In each of these meetings, attendees discussed business attraction efforts, business retention efforts, entrepreneurial support, workforce development and quality of life.
Taking the Stakeholder suggestions into consideration, the final results are twelve identified target industries for Orange County Economic Development to strengthen and diversify the economic base. These target industries provide a range of jobs which match local skill sets in the region, attract new talent and add to the county’s quality of life. The table below identifies Orange County’s base industries, Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development regional target industries, and Orange County’s overall Target Industries including those identified through Stakeholder input.
|Industry||CVPED Target Industries||Orange Base Industries||Orange Target Industries|
|Arts, Entertainment, & Visitor Industries||x||x|
|Bioscience & Medical Devices||x|
|Defense & Security||x||x||x|
|Forestry & Wood Products||x||x|
|Transportation & Logistics||x||x|
View the full Orange County Economic Development Strategic Plan.