Bedford County Economic Development

Office of Economic Development


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Quality of Life for Employees

There’s a unique quality of life in Bedford County that residents find they can’t easily give up. More than 10 years ago, a major international company moved its production offshore and subsequently, more than 3,000 employees were left unemployed in the region. Some pursued positions in other areas, but the vast majority did not want to move away because there’s a quality of life and a sense of security that many say can’t be beat.

Now, more than two dozen companies have been created from those who chose to stay and the regional economy completely recovered through growth and further diversification from this disruption.