Page County -- An area in the Valley is getting help from the federal government to bring more small businesses and jobs to the area.
Page County is considered to be a HUBZone, or an area with high unemployment..
The Virginia unemployment rate is currently 5.3%. In our area, Page County has the highest unemployment at 9.8% for March.
Economic development leaders said, living in a HUBZone will bring more jobs to the area. Now, there are more than 20 small businesses attracted to Page County because of these HUBZones. City leaders said a lot of the growth has come in the past 18 months.
Stephanie Lillard is the Economic Development Coordinator for Page County. She said the more small businesses that come to Page County, the more jobs and tax dollars to fill the area.
"Providing job opportunities and putting food on the table, at the end of the day, that is what it is all about," said Lillard.
"It gives us a competitive advantage as we go against other large businesses, and small businesses as well," said Jeff Thomas, the President of SHINE Systems and Technologies.
As more businesses become attracted to the area, Lillard said a big goal is to provide jobs to students throughout the county and encouraging them to stay local.
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