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About Scott County

Scott County is located in the beautiful rolling hills of the Appalachian Valley in the southwestern part of Virginia. With 539 square miles and a population of 23,171, Scott County borders the state of Tennessee. Our county has much to offer whether you are looking for a new residential location, an industrial location, or just a great place to visit.

Existing industries and technology based businesses such as OnePartner, VFP, Inc., Tempur Production, and Joy Mining Machinery, prove that we have the business-friendly location and dedicated workforce needed for success. The deployment of the most advanced communications infrastructure is a catalyst in creating substantial economic, educational, health care, and quality of life improvements for the citizens of the region and competitive advantage for its businesses. This network has and will continue to provide regional businesses unprecedented telecommunications advantages over businesses elsewhere.

Scott County is a “Natural” for history, outdoor recreation and music.

Walk in the footsteps of famed frontiersman, Daniel Boone. Experience life on the Great Frontier at the Wilderness Block House. Take a dip in the Devil’s Bathtub…kayak the Clinch River, home to the world’s largest collection of fresh-water mussels. Catch trophy-size Rainbow Trout at Bark Camp Lake on High Knob. Hike along the Chief Benge Trail, or take a trip to the Eighth Wonder of the World—Natural Tunnel State Park. Adventure enthusiasts will get an adrenaline pumping trip down the Little Stony Falls. Visit the home of A.P. Carter, pioneer of the traditional mountain sound, known today as Bluegrass. Join in one of the many pickin’s at places like Allen Hicks or the Pickin’ Parlor. This and much more awaits you in Scott County, Virginia.


Population – 23,171
Low Cost of Living Index – 82.1
Low taxes
Access to 50% of the U.S. population
No traffic congestion
Access to higher education (4 Year Universities and Colleges and 2 Year Community Colleges)
Close proximity to quality health care
Scott County is where country music began


Scott County 

Properties for New Businesses

Scott County Census 

Scott County Economic Development Authority
John Kilgore
Director of Economic Development
180 West Jackson Street
Gate City, VA 24251
Phone (276) 386-2525
Fax (276) 386-6158

Scott County Tourism


All Scott County Resources

Accelerating Appalachia

Appalachian Spring

Appalachian Sustainable Development

Business Plan Resources and Templates

Coal Heritage Trail

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Hatch Business Accelerator

Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority

Human Resources


Marketing Plan



Small Business & Supplier Diversity

Small Business Development Center


Spearhead Trails

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Book shop to open in former Gate City bakery

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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...