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The Culpeper Department of Tourism and Economic Development is responsible for promoting the Culpeper community as attractive travel destination, enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to live and work. Through the impact of travel, we strengthen Culpeper’s economic position and provide opportunity for our citizens.

The department operates the Culpeper Visitor Center located in the Historic Train Depot at 111 S. Commerce Street.  Weekdays 8:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm.  We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.

The department also serves as the point of contact for media projects related to Culpeper as a destination as well as being the local liaison for Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Film Office.

The Town of Culpeper is in the unique situation that the majority of revenue for local government does not come from property taxes, as is true in many other jurisdictions. Rather, the Town of Culpeper sees the largest percentage of revenue coming from Meals, Sales, Business License, and Occupancy taxes. The Tourism department works closely with community organizations, entrepreneurs and businesses to ensure a strong vibrant local economy.

Tourism is one of Virginia’s most powerful industries and provides instant revenue for the state, generating billions of dollars in tax revenue and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs for Virginians. According to figures provided by the Virginia Tourism Corporation, every $1 invested in tourism marketing generates $5 in tax revenue for the Commonwealth. 

In 2018, the Tourism industry represented $44.5 million economic impact for Culpeper.*

Visitor Day Parking PassClick here to purchase a pass which will allow all-day parking in any downtown 3-hour parking lot for the dates requested at $5 per day.

The Tourism website, www.visitculpeperva.com, is the source for information on what to see and do in Culpeper, including shopping, dining, lodging, historic sites, and calendar of events that is updated  frequently.

*The department of Tourism receives its annual economic impact data from the U.S. Travel Association.  The information is based on domestic visitor spending (travelers from within the United States) from per-person trips taken 50 miles or more away from home. 

The Town of Culpeper Department of Tourism and Economic Development is responsible for enhancing the quality of life and raising the standard of living for all Culpeper residents, in collaboration with the County and private sector, through aggressive business recruitment, expansion assistances, and trade development, thereby expanding the tax base and creating higher income employment opportunities.

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. Culpeper's location combines easy access to the cosmopolitan—with the lifestyle of a small town.

The department works hand-in-hand with the Culpeper County Economic Development team, and serves as the point of contact for Virginia Economic Development Partnership. 

For more information on workforce training, local & state incentives, and Culpeper demographics, please visit www.culpeperva.org

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. 

Map of Designated Area:


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

      (540) 727-0611
    (540) 727-0648
   111 S. Commerce Street
          Culpeper VA 22701
          Office Hours
          Weekdays 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Director of Tourism and Economic Development, Paige Read                       
Tourism & Marketing Specialist, Megan Gray                       
Office Manager & Visitors Center Supervisor, Kristi Mashon