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You’ll find Culpeper in the heart of Virginia. This strategic mid-Atlantic location offers companies ready access to sixty percent of the Nation’s population. Culpeper offers convenience without the associated costs, crowds, and congestion.

The Town of Culpeper and Culpeper County Economic Development offices work collaboratively to foster a business-friendly environment. We’re here to assist with every stage of your company’s needs, from site readiness, labor recruitment, training and development, to foreign trade opportunities, technology advancements and expansion needs.

Our location within the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has played a key role in the development of a strong, diversified economy. Major employers in the area span a range of industry sectors including Automotive Components, Composite Materials, Technology, Data Centers, Telecommunications and more.

Culpeper Competes is a small business development competition program, set to begin in the Spring of 2020.

Entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to participate in a nine week course, culminating in a small business competition pitch.  

The Town of Culpeper Department of Tourism and Economic Development is managing this program.  Funding for Culpeper Competes comes from the Community Business Launch grant through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, in combination with community partner match and in-kind trade services.

The Community Business Launch (CBL) program builds on the tradition of DHCD’s business support strategies, placing the community at the heart of entrepreneurial and small business development. We know community support plays a crucial role in the success of an entrepreneur. It starts with a community’s unique vision for its future and then uses the competition to find and foster the entrepreneurs that connect with that vision.

The Culpeper Competes program is a systems approach program, designed to excite and educate the community from local residents to local elected officials about the opportunities and impact of entrepreneurial and small business development. This program will provide the tools to effectively prepare multiple entrepreneurs to operate successful businesses in the Culpeper Competes designated area.

The Town of Culpeper’s designated area focuses on the heart of the historic downtown.  Covering .22 square miles, the designated area includes the Culpeper Downtown Urban Development area, which is the Town’s sixth designated growth area that encourages adaptive reuse of existing buildings, higher density new construction, and intentional design to complement the Town’s historic characteristics. The Culpeper CBL designated area also overlaps additional existing incentive zones, including the Business Incentive Zone, Culpeper Opportunity Zone, and the Culpeper Tourism Zone. 

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Applications for Culpeper Competes will be released prior to the end of calendar year 2019. 

For more information, please contact Paige Read, Director of Tourism and Economic Development, pread@culpeperva.gov

Town Manager, Chris Hively
400 South Main Street
Culpeper, Virginia 22701

Town Director of Tourism and Economic Development, Paige Read
803 South Main Street
Culpeper, Virginia 22701

County Director of Economic Development, Phil Sheridan
803 South Main Street
Culpeper, Virginia 22701

Culpeper County Administrator, John Egertson
302 North Main Street
Culpeper, Virginia 22701