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About Russell County

Nestled in the breathtakingly beautiful Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia, Russell County is rich in natural beauty, history and a rapidly growing economy. The current population is just under 30,000. The county is 477 square miles. Russell County’s citizens take great pride in our history and heritage, and we are passionate about our future.

Economically, Russell County has a proven track record for creating a diversified economy. It is home to Information Technology giants Northrop Grumman and CGI. AT&T Wireless, Oldcastle – Mountain Materials, E. Dillon, Dickenson-Russell Coal and Lebanon Apparel are major employers. Our small business community is a lucrative part of our economy as well. Our economy is made up of engineering firms, attorneys, financial institutions, financial services, heavy construction services, mining, gas field services, mineral/resource extraction, farming, retail, manufacturing and health care just to name a few. Russell County offers a well-skilled, dedicated work force that can meet the needs of your company if you are looking to open a new business, expand or relocate.

Outdoor recreation opportunities abound. In the heart of the county at the confluence of the Clinch River and Big Cedar Creek rests the Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve, home to many rare species of plant and aquatic life. The Clinch River and Big Cedar Creek are listed on the National Park Service’s Nationwide Inventory List and the Virginia Scenic Rivers List. The Clinch River has been ranked the #1 River in the Country by the Nature Conservancy for its environmental diversity and significance and is the top river in the World for freshwater mussels. Boat launches are available for canoeing and kayaking opportunities on the Clinch.


All Russell County Resources

Accelerating Appalachia

Appalachian Spring

Business Plan Resources and Templates

Clinch River Valley Initiative

Coal Heritage Trail

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Hatch Business Accelerator

Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority

Human Resources


Marketing Plan

Oxbow Center



Small Business & Supplier Diversity

Small Business Development Center


Spearhead Trails

Upcoming Events

Latest News

Opportunity Appalachia Awards 16 projects

Opportunity Appalachia today announced selection of 16 projects to participate in a program to bring jobs, business support, and investment to Central Appalachia.   The selected projects propose to create over 1,800 jobs and attract over $365 million in financing to...