The advantages of locating your business in Rockingham County are many. Our strategic location, broad transportation access, supportive business climate and high quality of life all make Rockingham County and the surrounding region a great place to live, work and play. And although we’re close to Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA, businesses in Rockingham County and their employees enjoy our more relaxed pace of life with a four-season climate and many cultural amenities.



Located in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in west central Virginia, Rockingham County is close to major metro areas in Washington D.C. (125 miles), Richmond (131 miles) and beyond. New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia and other major business centers are easily accessible by road, rail and air within one day.

Transportation Access

Rockingham County and the Harrisonburg Metro Area are well served by road, rail and air transportation assets. The region is located in close proximity to three Interstate corridors: I-81, I-64 and I-66, connecting Rockingham County to Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and beyond.

For air travel, the local Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport is served by United Express and offers daily direct flights to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., where travelers can connect to 125 non-stop flights to domestic destinations and 50 non-stop international destinations.

Cargo services are also abundant in the region. CSX, Norfolk Southern and the Shenandoah Valley Shortline systems provide freight rail service, while the Virginia Port Authority’s three facilities in the Hampton Roads Metro Area, including the deepest port on the U.S. East Coast, provide extensive bulk cargo service.

Business Climate

Rockingham County not only understands business, but is truly friendly to entrepreneurs and executives alike. Our many business advantages include:
  • Streamlined permitting and government officials who understand the value of private investment
  • A competitive cost-of-doing business, with a 6% corporate tax rate which hasn’t increased since 1972
  • Local, regional and state incentive programs that support new facilities and the expansion of existing businesses
  • An unsurpassed network of economic development professionals and private companies that work together to create business prosperity and job opportunities in the region
  • A dedicated workforce with strong educational opportunities designed to support growth and development

Quality of Life

Rockingham County and the surrounding Harrisonburg Metro Area is a region for individuals who value a rich and balanced lifestyle. With its beautiful location in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, miles of scenic hiking and biking trails, housing options to suit every taste and budget, excellent education, access to top-class healthcare and a four-season climate, our region is an inviting and fulfilling place to live and work. In summer months, active adventurers explore our beautiful state and national parks while foodies and aficionados taste the many fine wines of our exciting wine region. In the winter months, skiers can hit the slopes at Massanutten Resort for some of the best skiing in the Mid-Atlantic.

All these amenities come at an affordable cost of living, with a variety of housing options and excellent schools. For more information on living in Rockingham County, please visit our ‘Living Here’ section.

Meet Our Staff

Casey Armstrong
Assistant County Administrator & Director of Economic Development
Rhonda Cooper
Community Development Director
Phillip Rhodes
Director of Public Works
Bradford Dyjak
Director of Planning
Kirby Dean
Parks and Recreation Director
Joshua Gooden
Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator
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