About the Authority
York County seeks to create a diverse economic base through relentlessly recruiting, growing and retaining business across a variety of industries. The Department of Economic and Tourism Development (ETD) is dedicated to expanding York County's tax base through capital investment in the County; promoting tourism; supporting large, small and home-based businesses; and providing new employment opportunities for County residents. Its efforts result in improved quality of life throughout York County, including charitable giving, volunteerism, and job creation.
The ETD works in cooperation with many regional and state agencies to pursue its mission. Key among these allies are the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Hampton Roads Alliance, Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center, and local Chambers of Commerce. Its strongest ally is the York County Economic Development Authority (EDA). Established in 1972, the EDA is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia and has unique powers established in the Code of Virginia. The EDA is a conduit for non-taxable industrial revenue bonds, and can legally own, develop, and sell/lease commercial real estate. It also can provide incentives necessary to close deals within targeted industry sectors.
The ETD and EDA are very focused on assisting our existing businesses to expand and prosper, as roughly 70% of new economic growth comes from a locality’s existing business community. Several programs have been developed to help cultivate and sustain our local companies. Detailed information on these programs can be found within this site.
If you or anyone you know is interested in establishing, expanding, or relocating a business in York County, please contact us. We are also very interested in hearing from you regarding new ideas to improve the County’s business environment. Working together to sustain our existing businesses and to attract new commercial development, we can all help improve the County’s quality of life.