Exceptional Living
Here in the e-Region

Serene or fast paced. Whatever you choose.
You can find it in Southwest Virginia’s e-Region.

Whether it’s viewing the beauty of the mountains from the Breaks Interstate Park, known as the Grand Canyon of the South and rated as one of the top 10 parks in the nation, charging over Spearhead Trails, a new ATV adventure network of trails growing throughout the region, eating native home cooking in one of our restaurants or just relaxing in a boutique hotel, cabin, camper, yurt or tent, you will find plenty to do.

Enoying the beautiful scenery, outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities including rock climbing, hiking, golf, fishing and biking, museums, historical reenactments, festivals,  music events and access to top healthcare and educational facilities are only some of the perks of living in Virginia’s e-Region.

Other highlights are the Historic Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park; nearby Bristol Motor Speedway“The Trail of the Lonesome Pine,” the official outdoor drama of Virginia; Natural Tunnel State ParkWilderness Road State Park; and year round performances at renowned Barter Theatre, the State Theater of Virginia.

Historical driving trails wind through the region: The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail with several venues in the e-Region; The Wilderness Road: Virginia’s Heritage Migration Route that traces the footsteps of Daniel Boone; and the The Virginia Coal Heritage Trail, more than 300 miles of scenic byways providing the traveler with glimpses of unique coal mining towns that were formed more than a century ago.

The e-Region also includes access to a quality network of hospitals, clinics and specialty health centers within the region and in close proximity.

Four colleges and universities are located within the region and residents have access to many other higher education facilities within a 125-mile radius.


Other Benefits 

Low cost of living

Moderate 4-season weather

Low crime rates

Quality local education. All public schools accredited by Southern Association of Colleges & Schools

75,000+ enrolled in higher education classes in 125-mile radius

State-of-the-art hospitals and specialty health centers in region

Shopping opportunities from antiques and boutiques to shopping malls

20 public and private golf courses in the region

20 local parks, 4 state parks, one national park in the region

Create your own interactive map of things to do in Southwest Virginia’s e-Region

Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority

P.O. Box 1060
527 East Main Street
Lebanon, Virginia 24266
Phone: 1-800-735-9999
Email: mail@e-region.org


Fat Cat Farm LLC Approved for VCEDA Seed Capital Grant

VCEDA Closes on Grant for Southern Gap Master Plan Update

NRC Escape Rooms LLC Approved for VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Grant

VCEDA Approves Grant for SWCC Education and Training Center

Big Stone Gap General Store & Café  Approved for VCEDA Seed Capital Grant

Next scheduled meeting of the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority Board is at 3 p.m. November 21, 2019 at the VCEDA Office, 527 E. Main St., Lebanon, VA 24266. Committee Meetings: Executive - Noon to 1 p.m.; Business Development - 1 to 1:30 p.m.; Finance - 1:30 to 2 p.m.; Project Review - 2 to 3 p.m.




Southwest Virginia's e-Region is marketed by the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority - VCEDA - a regional economic development organization created by Virginia's General Assembly in 1988 to enhance and diversify the economic base of the seven-county, one-city, coal-producing region in southwestern Virginia.  Since its creation, VCEDA has helped create more than 20,000 jobs.