Altavista is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, services, transportation and workforce skills to support economic development well into the future. Industries are attracted by our high quality of life, low taxes, low utility rates, and the dedication and work ethic of our labor force. Altavista also offers a major highway (US 29) linking it with Greensboro, NC, in the south and Washington, DC, in the north. Plus, we have two rail lines operated by Norfolk Southern.
Economically, Altavista continues to grow and develop as an employment, commerce, and personal and professional service center in Central Virginia. The Town leaders recognize the importance of the balance between industrial, commercial, and professional services, thus providing stability and a healthy economy.
Altavista’s economic base, in the past, has been dominated by manufacturing with emphasis on furniture (Lane), textiles (Burlington), and others such as Abbott Ross Laboratories, and Timken. Despite various challenges, manufacturing employment in Altavista has gradually increased since 2009 as a result of a strategic recruitment plan. Local and regional economic development efforts have been successful in attracting new, small manufacturers that renovated and adapted older vacant manufacturing facilities to meet their needs. In addition, our long-time employers have expanded their local operations and employment, demonstrating that Altavista continues to be a good place to live and invest.
Altavista is also home to Avoca, an historic home that is now a museum. The current house celebrated its centennial in 2001 with a year-long celebration. It is open to the public for tours from mid-April through the last Friday in October each year. The house contains a unique collection of local antiques, including Native American artifacts and Civil War memorabilia. Avoca also hosts an annual wine festival in late September. The Uncle Billy’s Day Festival is an annual event that is held every year on the first weekend in June. It features live music, craft shows, food vendors, a car show, flea market, and fireworks. http://www.unclebillysdayfestival.com/
Altavista Real Estate Listings
Active Listings in Altavista
- 406 Westwood Drive Altavista, VA 24517
- 1628 Melinda Drive, Lot 15 Altavista, VA 24517
- 106 Frazier Road Altavista, VA 24517
Sold Listings in Altavista
- 1020 9th St Altavista, VA 24517
Walk Score for Altavista
Altavista School Data
Altavista School Districts
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- Altavista Elementary School
- PK-5, public
- Altavista High School
- 6-12, public
Posted on April 7, 2014 at 4:10 am by Stephanie Cheatham