Thursday, October 23, 2014


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    TEAM Technology and Innovation - Energy - Advanced Manufacturing - Medical
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    Technology This could be your Data Center utilizing the CPC/Optinet Network(Interior by Baskervill).
  • Energy
    Energy Tazewell County is the gateway to Virginia's coal and natural gas industry.
  • Advanced Manufacturing...
    Advanced Manufacturing... ...a skilled workforce waiting on you.
  • Medical
    Medical The Bluestone is an ideal environment for medical technology companies, schools and research facilities.
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  • Technology
  • Energy
  • Advanced Manufacturing...
  • Medical

The Bluestone

Tazewell County, Virginia is Open for Business and the region's newest business and technology center, The Bluestone, is ready for you!!!  

The Bluestone is a 680 acre mixed-used development, situated at the gateway of Virginia’s e-Region. This development is immersed in an environment full of natural and recreational resources, and amenities, where one can work, live, learn and play.  It is the perfect setting for high quality research, technology and advanced manufacturing businesses. It is the perfect setting for training your employees.  It is the perfect setting for building a dream home and the perfect setting for outdoor recreation such as golfing, hiking and biking.  

The geographic location of the Bluestone, the stable business environment, the infrastructure,  aggressive business assistance, along with the added bonus of a safe, family-focused community are just a few of the reasons companies are checking out the Bluestone.    

We invite you to consider the strength of Virginia’s economy, the excellent geographic location and the premium quality of life and make The Bluestone your site location.

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At a Glance

The perfect place to locate a business...

  • Educational partnerships between business, industry and higher education.
  • Safe and economical place to live.
  • Close proximity to I‐77 and I‐81.
  • Excellent recreational opportunities.
  • Property adjacent to the IDA's seven acre idea park.
  • Within one day's drive of 50% of the most populous states in the country.
  • IDA's incubator and training center with customizable industry driven training partnerships.
  • Regional growth sectors in (T)echnology and Innovation, (E)nergy, and (A)dvanced Manufacturing and (M)edical (TEAM).
  • Incredible Quality of Life!

The site of the Bluestone Regional Business and Technology Center is situated  on the south side of U.S. Route 460 between the towns of Bluefield, Virginia and Tazewell, Virginia in the  Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority region (Virginia’s e-Region).  The Bluestone is ideally located within the geographic center of the east coast and within one day’s drive of 50% of the most populous states in the country in a sensational natural environment.  Interstate 81 and 64 are within approximately 40 miles of the site and I-77 is located ten miles from the site.  There is a population of 267,000 within a 35 mile radius of The Bluestone Regional Business and Technology Center and a population of 480,091 in the Tri-Cities region which is larger than Roanoke, Lynchburg and Charlottesville combined.

Located midway between:

Chart of the Lands

Business Lots.....180 Acres

Park Central.....25 Acres

Golf Course.....60 Acres

Managed Wetlands and Steam Areas.....115 Acres

Upland Forest.....300 Acres

Total-----680 Acres

 e-Region Civilian Labor Force 2011

  • Virginia’s e-Region.....92,577
  • Surrounding labor area.....442,947
  • Total.....535,524

Unemployment Rate (May, 2012)                    

  • Virginia’s e-Region.....7.1%
  • Surrounding labor area.....8.1%
  • Statewide.....5.5%

Underemployment (1st quarter 2012)    

  • Virginia’s e-region.....10,817
  • Surrounding labor area.....46,294
  • Total.....57,111

Electricity Provider.....Appalachian Power - power rate for heavy industrial user, 7.0 cents/kwh - power capacity, 2 Mw now - 20Mw 12-18 months

Primary Telecon Provider.....Verizon.

Fiber Provider.....Verizon, CPC Optinet, a Bristol, VA utilities company.  Trunk line along U.S. Route 460.

Water Provider.....Tazewell County Public Service Authority.  8 inches: 1000 GPM - 250,000 GAL Water Storage Tank

Sewer Provider.....Tazewell County Public Service Authority.  Onsite gravity feed sewer line has 0.3 MGD capacity; wastewater treatment plant reserve capacity is apporximately 2.0 MGD.


  • Verizon and CPC/Optinet T1/NxT1/T3 (1.5 Mbps – 45 Mbps) - Provides basic connectivity between business locations.  
  • Ethernet (10 Mbps – 1 Gbps) - Ideal for WAN connectivity,VoIP, and internet service.  Ethernet can be delivered as switched (many sites) or point to point (two sites).  Service options include quality of service, site management, performance reporting, equipment, and maintenance.
  • Optical (155 Mbps – 10 Gbps) - Designed for businesses needing reliability and high bandwidth.  Optical services are typically designed as a ring to prevent a single point of failure and are guaranteed by service level agreements. 
  • MPLS (1.5 Mbps – 10 Gbps) - Provides geographically dispersed companies with one network that connects to multiple carriers with a variety of transport options (T1, T3, Ethernet, Optical, DSL, Wireless, and Satellite).             
  • Other high speed data services - Information available upon request. 

Aggressive Business Assistance Programs: (Details)

  • Virginia Enterprise Zone Real Property and Job Creation Grants.
  • Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) - Low interest loan and grant programs.
  • Virginia Tobacco Commission Economic Development Program.
  • Data Center Sales Tax Exemption.
  • Governor's Opportunity Fund grant program.
  • Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
  • Virginia Small Business Financing Authority loan and loan guaranty programs.
  • Very competitive utility rates.
  • Low overall tax structure.


Virginia #1 for Business

CNBC: Virginia Ranked "America's Top State for Business"
Virginia has done it again. CNBC has ranked Virginia America’s 2011 Top State for Business.

The review, in its fifth year, ranks states according to 10 broad categories, including the cost of doing business, the strength of the economy, the cost of living and business friendliness.

Not only did the Commonwealth win the highest ranking this year, but Virginia also received the highest point total in the history of the rankings, finishing in the top-half of every category ranked. Since the rankings began Virginia has remained a top state, claiming the number one spot in both 2007 and 2009, while receiving second in 2008 and 2010. Virginia is one of the Best States for Business Virginia continues as a leading state in the Best State for Business review. The review examines multiple objective measurements, including business cost, regulatory climate, quality of the workforce, and economic growth. Virginia took the top spot in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 and ranked second overall in 2010 and 2011. is the official Internet site of the Forbes family of business publications.

Pollina Corporate Real Estate: Top Pro-Business State Virginia is ranked the 2011 Top Pro-Business State by Pollina Corporate Real Estate. This is the third consecutive year that Virginia placed first, topping the 2011 ranking by the largest victory margin in the history of the study. The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States study examines 29 factors relative to states’ efforts to be pro-business, and is the most comprehensive examination of states to date. The study is limited to factors over which state government has control. The list reflects state leadership that truly understands the importance of producing the best job opportunities available for their constituents. The state governments at the top of the list understand that they must be very proactive in the international battle to keep and attract jobs. In total, this marks the fifth time the Commonwealth has held the top spot with previous top rankings garnered in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Governing Magazine: Top Performing State Virginia is one of the top-performing state governments in America. In Governing Magazine’s Government Performance Project, Grading the States 2008 survey, Virginia earned an overall grade of A- for management of state government. This is testament to Virginia's long-term planning and management of money, people, infrastructure, and information. Only two other states received an A- grade.

Presidential "E Star" Award Virginia is a recipient of the President’s "E Star" Award in 2008, the nation’s highest award for the promotion of export business. The International Trade Division provides proven, innovative programs to assist Virginia companies sell their products and services into markets worldwide.