Economic Development

Ideal Location
Rich in opportunity, energy and beauty, Radford is ideally located along Interstate 81 with easy access to Interstate 77. Excellent transportation via rail and freight allows for easy movement of goods and services in and out of the City. Prime industrial and commercial sites are presently available - all with miles of surrounding rolling terrain in which to live and play.

Nestled in a large bend in the New River, Radford covers 9.8 square miles and is a diverse city full of commercial and recreational opportunity. Radford is the geographic center of the New River Valley with the Blue Ridge Parkway on one side and Jefferson National Forest and Appalachian Trail on the other.

The New River not only provides the City with a variety of recreational opportunities, but also with an abundant supply of water for residential, industrial, and recreational uses. With recreation being very important to the citizens, the City maintains and operates a 100 acre park and recreational area along its 8.5 miles of riverfront. Radford is also home to 5 miles of professionally designed and constructed biking, walking and hiking trails (PDF).

The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Jefferson National Forest are less than an hour away. Both attractions offer spectacular scenery and a variety of recreational opportunities that include hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. Claytor Lake, just 5 miles from the city, offers additional swimming, fishing and water skiing opportunities for area residents.

Located just outside the city limits is the Pete Dye designed Virginia Tech River Course. Eight golf courses at public and private facilities are also located within 30 minutes of Radford.

Superior Education
Radford’s public school system K-12 consistently ranks among the best in the state in both academics and athletics. With low student teacher ratios, Radford’s education system is second to none.

Local University
Nestled on 200 beautifully manicured acres within the City and with student enrollment approaching 10,000, Radford University continues to be one of the top public universities in the south  With 1,600 faculty and staff, the University is the City’s largest employer.