York County and Yorktown have been involved in government work since the County was chartered in 1634.
A drive north on Route 17 from Newport News puts you at the outskirts of the Colonial National Park and the Yorktown Battlefield. Both the park and the battlefield are maintained as they were when George Washington accepted the surrender of British General Charles Cornwallis at the 781 Battle of Yorktown, ending the Revolutionary War.
Every year the Visitor Center at Yorktown and the Yorktown Victory Center take thousands of tourists back more than 200 years. Recreations and artifacts make the final days of the Revolutionary War come alive.
Today, government is still an important activity. More than 40 percent of the County's land is earmarked for federal use with installations such as: the US Coast Guard Reserve Training Center, the Colonial National Historical Park, the US Naval Weapons Station, Cheatham Annex and Camp Peary.
While replete with history, York County is ever mindful of its role in the new century. It is an attractive suburban community that features one of the area's highest per capita family incomes. The County also features one of the top public school systems in Virginia. In fact, Money Magazine named York County schools one of the top 100 education buys in the country.
Amoco Oil saw the value of York County and built a refinery on the banks of the York River in the 1950s. A few years later, Phillip Morris established an engineering plant. Then, Seaford Scallop developed the East Coast's largest scallop processing plant.
Today, the County has expanded its vision to include planned residential and business parks. Kiln Creek offers sophisticated residential and retail facilities. Busch Industrial Park has been developed into a first-class business center.
Located in the heart of the Virginia Peninsula, York County is one of the fastest-growing areas in Virginia. Low taxes, quality labor and a variety of development sites make York County a preferred business location.
York County stretches 27 miles from Williamsburg to Hampton and covers 108 square miles. The County is 20 minutes from the Port of Hampton Roads and less than an hour from Richmond. With more than 200 miles of coastline along the York River and Chesapeake Bay, waterfront property is abundant.
With a population of 58,000, York County provides a solid employment and retail base. The County's central location allows it to draw on a Peninsula labor force of nearly 237,000. While unemployment is relatively low, the downsizing of the U.S. military provides a continuous flow of skilled labor.
BP, Philip Morris and Dominion Virginia Power complement many small, specialized industrial companies. Yorktown and Williamsburg generate valuable tourism revenue.
York County has an environment conducive to economic development. Water and sewer service has been extended through most of the County. Gas, electric service and fiber optics are also available. With a real estate tax of $0.86/$100 and no utility tax, the County is an inexpensive place to do business. The York County Office of Economic Development provides comprehensive location assistance and multiple financing alternatives.
Quality sites from two acres to 250 acres can be found throughout the County. The York River Commerce Park, located in the lower part of the County, has fully developed build-to-suit sites in a campus-style environment. Busch Industrial Park and International Center, two exceptional locations in the upper County near Williamsburg, have immediate access to I-64. With abundant green space, a low crime rate, affordable housing, and one of the top public school systems in Virginia, York County is the community of choice on the Peninsula. – less – More from ZoomInfo »