Culpeper USA: Hometown Meets High-Tech
The Technology Advantage
From start-ups to major players, a Culpeper, Virginia, location offers high-tech firms distinct business advantages. Nestled mid-way between Washington, D.C., Charlottesville, Richmond and the Norfolk/Newport News corridor, Culpeper possesses a rare blend of a rural environment and hometown atmosphere with the infrastructure, incentives and workforce that tech employers need.
Culpeper is home to a number of high-tech firms, perhaps most notably, Terremark’ NAP of the Capital Region 30-acre data center campus. Designed to accommodate up to five, 50,000-square-foot independent datacenters and one 72,000-square-foot office building, Terremark’s NAP of the Capital Region has been recognized as the most secure and technologically sophisticated data center campus in the eastern United States.
In addition to Terremark, Culpeper is home to the Library of Congress’s 45-acre Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. Recognized for its stunning architectural design and beautiful grounds and landscaping, the Packard Campus is a state-of-the-art 415,000 square foot facility dedicated to preserving the world’s largest collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts, and sound recordings.
Culpeper is also home to R&D firms, including Applied Research in Acoustics LLC (ARiA). ARiA applies broad interdisciplinary expertise in acoustics, modeling & simulation, signal processing, and cognitive science toward innovative science and engineering R&D and consulting services for a diverse set of government and corporate clients.
Here are just few of the many competitive advantages Culpeper offers tech firms:
The Tech Zone Advantage
The Commonwealth of Virginia empowers cities, counties and towns with the ability to establish, by ordinance, one or more technology zones to attract growth in targeted industries. Qualified businesses locating or expanding operations in a zone may receive local permit and user fee waivers, local tax incentives, special zoning treatment or exemption from ordinances. Once a local technology zone has been established, incentives may be provided for up to 10 years.
Culpeper’s five strategically located Tech Zones provide incentives to qualified technology zone businesses. The incentives shall be offered as grants and the amount of the grants shall be based upon a percentage of real estate, business personal property and machinery and tool taxes paid by the business. In addition, businesses that qualify for technology zone grants will receive reimbursements up to 100% of the cost for building permits and site plan review permits for the property subject to technology zone grants. Learn more here.
The Culpeper Location Advantage
Culpeper offers convenient access to the nation’s leading markets by road, rail and air. Culpeper is located 65 miles southwest of Washington DC; 40 miles north of Charlottesville; 89 miles northwest of Richmond; and 174 miles northwest of the Hampton Roads area.
Located at the junction of several major highways, Culpeper also offers convenient access to a number of interstate highways including I-95, 30 miles east; I-66, 42 miles north; I-64 49 miles south; and I-81, 50 miles east.
The Culpeper Infrastructure Advantage
Culpeper’s high tech infrastructure is robust and sophisticated enough to support one of the world’s most sophisticated data center campuses. Abundant, affordable and reliable power is provided by Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Virginia Dominion Power, and advanced communications network served by three major telecom providers.
The Culpeper Workforce Advantage
Culpeper’s Mid-Atlantic location and proximity to the East Coast’s high-tech hubs provides employers with a skilled, educated and experienced talent pool with a proud tradition of productivity and quality. Our diverse and growing workforce, backed by excellent training, educational and development programs, results in a labor force with the skills high-tech employers need.
The Culpeper Quality of Life Advantage
A happy workforce is a productive workforce, and Culpeper is simply a great place to live and work. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont, Culpeper has retained its hometown atmosphere and charm, while solidly embracing the dynamics of the new economy. Culpeper boasts excellent schools, medical facilities and recreational resources, and a charming and vibrant downtown that has garnered two prestigious awards in as many years: The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2012 Great American Main Street Award. The 2011 American Planning Association’s 10 Great Streets in America. Culpeper offers a modern-day quality of life, based on more than a 250-year tradition of harmony and hard work, honesty, and hospitality. .
The Culpeper Virginia Advantage for High Technology
Information Technology is not simply another industry in Virginia; it is central to the success of the Commonwealth. With the highest concentration of technology workers in the country, Virginia has become a world-class center for emerging Internet technology, software development, fiber optics and advanced communications companies. Virginia offers a dynamic IT industry cluster with a talented and skilled workforce supported by an acclaimed educational system offering a variety of cutting-edge IT degree programs.
- Virginia has the highest concentration of technology workers in the country, with 98 per 1,000 private sector workers and ranks 4th in total technology employment as reported in Cyberstates 2013.
- Virginia's colleges and universities ensure that Virginia's workforce stands ready to meet current and future industry needs. Each year, over 3,600 degrees are conferred in IT and related programs, and 17 top colleges and universities offer undergraduate and/or graduate-level engineering programs that produce over 4,900 graduates.
- Virginia is home to several Federal agencies that focus on cyber security, including the U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security and Communications Integration Center and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Gain the High Tech Advantage in Culpeper USA
So whether you’re starting-up, expanding, consolidating or relocating your high-tech business, discover a place where light-speed business and star-filled skies coexist beautifully… Culpeper, Virginia. The Culpeper Manufacturing Advantage has attracted some of the nation’s finest manufacturers and high-tech pioneers,
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