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Governor Northam Announces 25 New Jobs in the City of Covington

Aeronyde Corporation invests $350,000 to establish new Fleet Operating Center

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Aeronyde Corporation, an industry leader in integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) into a safe and secure full-service commercial drone system, will invest $350,000 to establish a new drone operations command and control center in the City of Covington. Virginia successfully competed with California and Florida for the project, which will create 25 new jobs.  Full press release here.

Community Health Assessment

A community health improvement process uses CHA data to identify priority issues, develop and implement strategies for action, and ensure measurable health improvements.  The community identified three focus areas for action:

  • Reduce substance use in youth and adults
  • Increase kindergarten readiness and early literacy
  • Increase knowledge of and access to community resources

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The Virginia Individual Development Account (VIDA) Program is back! If you’re interested in buying your first home or business startup VIDA can help grow your money with an 8:1 match for a down payment on your mortgage or to buy inventory and equipment for your business (you save $500 and VIDA matches that with $4,000)! Go to our website to download the VIDA application today:

Eligibility requirements can be found on the VIDA application and participating counties include Roanoke County, Vinton, Botetourt County, and the Alleghany Highlands.


An Airbnb Workshop was recently held on the DSLCC campus with Sandy Ratliff of Virginia Community Capital.  You can view that video here.

The Nuts and Bolts of Small Business Workshop was filmed at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and hosted by the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation. Virginia Community Capital lead the conversation with guests from Sonabank, Small Business Administration, The Advancement Foundation, and U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.  Video Here.

Visit our Drone Technology page and see some local videos of the Alleghany Highlands!!



Please visit The Alleghany Highlands Artisans Shops.  By making purchases through this site, you are supporting entrepreneurs whose hand-made products reflect the talent and innovation native to the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia.

The Alleghany Highlands is a natural choice for large companies, small businesses, individuals and families. We’re pro-business and family friendly. Good schools are an advantage for families with children and companies that want well-educated employees. Low taxes benefit everyone.

Welcome to the Alleghany Highlands! Start your move right here. We have the information about taxes, schools, utilities, local resources and more.
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Governor announces $45,000 grant to Covington, Clifton Forge to foster small business growth

Governor announces $45,000 grant to Covington, Clifton Forge to foster small business growth By Amy Friedenberger of The Roanoke Times The Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corp. has received $45,000 in state funding to encourage the growth of small business in Covington and Clifton Forge. Gov. Ralph Northam visited the farmers market in downtown Covington on […]

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Terri McClung – This is the eleventh in the series of interviews conducted by the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation about small business entrepreneurship in our area. The Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation offers entrepreneurial services, one-on-one business planning assistance, training, mentoring and operational assistance to existing local small businesses and startups. We are located […]

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