Excellent Transportation Network
Goochland County is served by a robust network of interstates and highways, providing businesses with accessibility to major markets along the East Coast and beyond. More than 50% of U.S. consumers are within a two-day drive by truck. Regional, national and international airports are nearby. Rail, port, and shipping/motor freight facilities and services are easily accessed, too.
Easy Commute for Employees
Interstates 64, 95, and 295 and State Route 288 make it easy for people to commute to Goochland from the City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Henrico County and other localities close by. Goochland employers can draw on a vast labor pool from all over the Richmond MSA.
In Goochland County, 30.7% of the population age 25 years and older have a Bachelor's degree; the same is true of the Richmond MSA. Both areas exceed the national rate, which is only 27.9%.
Virginia is a right-to-work state. There are low levels of union activity in Goochland County and the Richmond region.
Competitive Tax Rates
Goochland County tax rates are regionally competitive. Goochland's real estate tax rate ($0.53/$100 of assessed value) is lower than the rate in Hanover County ($0.81), Henrico County ($0.87), Chesterfield County ($0.96) and the City of Richmond ($1.20).
Business license tax rates are also attractive compared to rates in Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico.
High Quality of Life & Place
Goochland County's natural beauty and rural character offer a peaceful, serene place to live. A variety of outdoor, cultural and recreational amenities are here, making it easy to attract and retain employees.
Urban Amenities, Without Urban Headaches
People who live and work in Goochland have access to urban amenities in Richmond, but without the crowds, congestion, or traffic of the city.
Abundance of Continuing Education & Training Opportunities
Goochland County is located near some of the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. These include Virginia Commonwealth University, the VCU Health System and the University of Virginia. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs are available in courses of study such as business, engineering, law, and medicine.
A strong, jobs-focused community college network provides additional education and training opportunities.
Located in a Strong, Business-Focused State
The Commonwealth of Virginia is routinely recognized as a great state for business:
- Ranked No. 3 in Top States for Business, according to CNBC.com (2012)
- Ranked No. 1 in 2011, 2009, and 2007
- Ranked No. 2 in 2010 and 2008
- 4th best business climate in the nation, according to Site Selection magazine (November 2011)
- Ranked Top State to Make a Living in the U.S. by MoneyRates.com (March 2012)