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WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA-Local and state officials came out for the recent presentation of the 87,500-sf Glade Highlands shell building in the 100-acre Glade Highlands Industrial Park. The structure sits on a 19-acre plot within the designated enterprise zone and is owned by a partnership between Washington County and neighboring Smyth County called the Washington Regional Industrial Facilities Authority.

“Experience has shown that over 70% of business prospects begin the site selection process with existing buildings,” Virginia governor Mark said Governor Mark R. Warner said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This new shell building will assist Washington and Smyth Counties in recruiting new businesses and, ultimately, provide quality jobs for Southwest Virginians.”

The building is part of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s 13-year-old Virginia Shell Building Initiative, which provides desirable financing to communities that want to construct industrial shell buildings. Eleven such structures have been developed to date, five of which have been sold.

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