Regional Information

  • Area - 511 square miles

    Air Transportation - 1 local and 1 regional airport

    Highways - 6

    Railroads - CSX and Norfolk Southern

    115 miles from Richmond

    200 miles from Norfolk and Washington, DC

  • Population - 54,000

    Male 48.8% - Female 51.2%

    Median Age - 40

    College Graduates - 14.6%

    Median Family Income - $57,558

    Workforce - 28,000

Featured Events

  • 15th Annual Harvest Jubilee and Wine Festival

    Avoca Museum, 1514 Main St., Altavista, will hold its 15th annual Harvest Jubilee and Wine Festival from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 (rain date Oct. 4). The event will include wines from seven area wineries:  Sans Soucy Vineyards, Gabriele Rausse Winery, Peaks of Otter Winery, Rebec Vineyards, Tomahawk Mill Winery, Altillo Vineyards and Democracy Vineyards. The event will also feature live music from The Steve Freeman Band and The Deanie Blues Band, an adult-supervised children’s area with a bounce house and activities, local craft and merchandise vendors, food concessions (grilled chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers) and the annual Avoca bake sale. Tasting tickets are $15 in advance, available at the following locations: Altavista Chamber of Commerce, The Bank of the James (Altavista office), First National Bank (all branches) and Miller’s Jewelry. Tickets are $20 at the gate. Non-tasting tickets are $10 for ages 12 and older, $5 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for children ages 5 and younger. No outside food or drinks or pets allowed. For tickets or more information, contact Theresa Boyes at (434) 369-1076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check us out on Facebook.
    For more information, click here.

  • Altavista Chamber Office
    2:30pm-4:30pm 

    Need some help putting your business online?
    Want to know what all the fuss is about?
    Then this class is for you!
    Social Media Marketing Basics teaches you why you need to have a social media marketing plan and lays out the steps required to:

    • Easily create your basic business website
    • Set up and maintain your Google Places for Business page
    • Establish your business on the review sites Yelp! and TripAdvisor
    • And much more!

    The class is filled with helpful, easy to follow instructions and useful tips.
    Upon completing the class you will have the necessary information to finally be able to create and manage your business's basic social media presence.

    TO REGISTER:

    Region 2000
    Small Business Development Center
    434-832-7824
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    Fee: $20.00 Checks preferred. Payable to CVCC

  • 5th Annual Fall Wine Festival

    DeVault Family Vineyards

    For more information, click here.

  • Brookneal Town Hall
    2pm-4pm 

    Need some help putting your business online?
    Want to know what all the fuss is about?
    Then this class is for you!
    Social Media Marketing Basics teaches you why you need to have a social media marketing plan and lays out the steps required to:

    • Easily create your basic business website
    • Set up and maintain your Google Places for Business page
    • Establish your business on the review sites Yelp! and TripAdvisor
    • And much more!

    The class is filled with helpful, easy to follow instructions and useful tips.
    Upon completing the class you will have the necessary information to finally be able to create and manage your business's basic social media presence.

    TO REGISTER:

    Region 2000
    Small Business Development Center
    434-832-7824
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Fee: $20.00 Checks preferred. Payable to CVCC

  • Avoca's Night at the Museum
    Time TBA

    For more information, click here

  • Bring your homeschoolers to Red Hill to experience 18th century life during our Living History Days for Homeschool Students Thursday & Friday, October 9 & 10, 2014 from 8:30am to 2:00pm.
    The program is geared for children ages 8 to 10 years old, although children of all ages benefit from the hands-on experience.  Programs include spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, rope making, colonial medicine, flax to linen, as well as pottery.  Patrick Henry will also be here!
    Advance Registration Required for this Event - Space is limited!
    $3 per child (ages 0-3 Free) and $5 per adult.
    Jenny Cote, award winning author, invites everyone registered for Homeschool Days to join her in her creative writing workshop following the Living History program. The workshop is free of charge and will begin about 2:30pm. This will be a real treat for all who attend! (please indicate if you would also like to be part of this when you call or email).
    Please register by phone at (434)376-2044 or email
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    Please provide: full name of parent; number and ages of children participating; number of adults attending and if participating in workshop; group name if applicable; mailing address with phone number; if you will be attending creative writing workshop; and preferred date of attendance.
  • Could your company benefit from improving your knowledge of and communication with organizations that offer assistance with any of the following?

    Recruitment & Retention ● Employee Training & Education

    Veteran's Services ● Laws & Regulations ● Business Growth & Development

    If you answered yes, then this event is designed specifically for you!

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

    at Central Virginia Community College's Merritt Hall

    For more information, click here for the official flyer.

  • Altavista Chamber Office

    2:30pm-5:00pm

    Are you considering opening a new business?

    Then this class is for you!

    Business Basics is an introduction to owning your own business. Topics that will be covered include deciding on a legal entity, basic accounting and tax issues, steps you need to take for permits and licensing, steps to writing a business plan and basics of marketing and market research. The class is only 2.5 hours long so these topics will only be briefly covered. Upon completing the class you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with one of the professional business counselors in our office.

    To register: Contact the Region 2000 SBDC at 434-832-7824
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    Fee: $20.00 payable at door night of the event
    Checks only-Payable to CVCC; No Credit Cards Accepted.

    For more information, click here.

  • Moonlight Masquerade

    Avoca Museum's Moonlight Masquerade will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the museum, located at 1514 Main St., Altavista. The fundraising gala will include dancing to Motown and classic rock music by the Steve Freeman Trio, hors d'oeuvres and desserts, a costume contest with prizes, door prizes and a cash bar featuring wine and beer. Attire is costume or cocktail. Tickets are $25 each and include one drink ticket and a free mask. Additional beverages, $3 each. Tickets will be sold in advance only and are available at Miller's Jewelry and Avoca Museum in Altavista. A limited number of tickets (70) will be sold. Age 21 and older only. ID required. No pets or outside food or drink allowed. Proceeds benefit Avoca Museum's educational programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Theresa Boyes, (434) 369-1076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    For more information, click here.

  • Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival coming November 1!
    BBB is designed to bring music, food, and the best brews around together for your pure gratification. Tickets will be available beginning September 1st! 
    Please keep watching our website and social media for information on ticket sales: 
    facebook.com/bluegrassbarbecuebrewfestival
     www.bluegrassbarbecuebrew.com 
    Get Noticed! Sponsorship opportunities are still available, Contact Myra Trent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Brookneal Town Hall

    2:30pm-5:00pm

    Are you considering opening a new business?

    Then this class is for you!

    Business Basics is an introduction to owning your own business. Topics that will be covered include deciding on a legal entity, basic accounting and tax issues, steps you need to take for permits and licensing, steps to writing a business plan and basics of marketing and market research. The class is only 2.5 hours long so these topics will only be briefly covered. Upon completing the class you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with one of the professional business counselors in our office.

    To register: Contact the Region 2000 SBDC at 434-832-7824
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Fee: $20.00 payable at door night of the event
    Checks only-Payable to CVCC; No Credit Cards Accepted.

    For more information, click here.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Economic Development Director  |  47 Courthouse Lane, Rustburg, VA 24588  |  Tel (434) 592-9595, Fax (434) 332-9617  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.