About Us

The Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation is the marketing organization promoting Alleghany County, the City of Covington and the Towns of Clifton Forge and Iron Gate for business recruitment, expansion and development. A public/private partnership, AHEDC focuses on Site Readiness, Infrastructure Management, Site Selection Outreach and Workforce Development. The organization also serves as a key information source for applicable data, regulatory compliance and funding opportunities to help you successfully launch, expand or relocate a business to the region.

The Alleghany Highlands- Endless Opportunities

Where exciting business opportunities meet exceptional quality of life, Alleghany Highlands provides the perfect environment for both companies and employees to thrive. From robust digital infrastructure to amenities supporting an active lifestyle, there are many unique advantages to locating here.


The four communities that make up the Alleghany Highlands are all about cooperation. From schools and infrastructure to housing and healthcare, serving the ‘greater good’ is always the best choice for the community.


More than 95% of the region is connected through a 100% Gig+ fiber broadband network for both homes and businesses, making it a leader in Virginia and years ahead of many locations across the Eastern United States.


Home to the largest exporter in Virginia and several advanced manufacturers, the region is poised to capitalize on new target industries including data centers, recreation tourism, hospitality and the health sciences.


Businesses can take advantage of the region’s strategic location to Interstates 64 & 81, rail access and proximity to airports and seaports to easily access the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest markets. Perhaps even more critical – companies have direct access to local government leaders and can expect prompt and efficient decision-making and support.

Hometown Pride

Welcoming visitors and new neighbors, the region’s family-friendly nature, rich heritage and natural beauty are strong draws to the four unique communities of the Alleghany Highlands. The region’s two historic Main Street districts are currently undergoing exciting revitalizations with retail, restaurants and downtown living.


Boasting nature’s beautiful backdrop of the Alleghany Mountains, residents enjoy an important work/life balance critical to employee retention. With all the tools necessary to be productive at work, residents also enjoy a ‘small town’ feel without a hectic commute, access to great schools and healthcare, an array of activities and all the modern amenities that add to an outstanding quality of life.