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Diversified Economy in Charlottesville, Virginia

Updated on March 26, 2017
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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello | Source

Fiverse and High Demand Jobs Expected to Increase to 2020

  1. Healthcare and Social Assistance/Social Justice
  2. Professional and Scientific/Technical Services
  3. Education: PreK-12 and Post-secondary years (college and vocational school level).
  4. Tourism: Accommodations, Food & Beverage Services.
  5. Retail Trade: Sales, supervisors and related jobs; especially within Tourism.
  6. Construction: New business construction, ongoing revitalization of urban and historical sites. Federal Infrastructure Projects add more jobs to this pool through 2012+.
  7. Waste Management and Remediation - recycling, additional green-collar jobs.
  8. Non-Government Business Services
  9. Management and Business Operations
  10. Information Technology (IT)

Monticello, outside Charlottesville, depicted on a 1953 two-dollar bill.
Monticello, outside Charlottesville, depicted on a 1953 two-dollar bill. | Source

Fast Growing Jobs by Numbers of Annual Openings

  1. Healthcare Practitioners and Related Techs
  2. Health Practitioners - Diagnostic and treating.
  3. Office & Admin Support staff
  4. Food Prep & Service and Related jobs - all levels and types of establishments, including catering and fast food.
  5. Education and Library and related positions.
  6. Sales - Wholesale and retail sales and related jobs.
  7. Food and Beverage Serving Workers
  8. Business and Financial Operations
  9. Construction and Extraction
  10. Healthcare Support Occupations

Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia:
Charlottesville, VA, USA

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Diversifed Economy In Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia has ranked among the Top 30 Cities for Jobs in the US for many years, as determined by

The Greater Charlottesville Area saw a significant population growth with a 21% increase in the 1990s and over 5% growth from 2000 - 2008 to create a population around 191,000 strong in the greater metro are and nearly 40,500 in the city proper. By Census2010, the figure had grown to 43,475, a nearly 10% increase in just two years.

Albemarle County is home to the near- largest manufacturing focus in the Virginia Piedmont Region. In addition to manufacturing, its economic diversity boasts a growing wine industry, covering hundreds of acres and growing.

The University of Virginia owns two research parks that are planned to enrich and increase relationships among the university, private sector.businesses, and the local government employment and training offices.

Largest Area Employers

University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA:
Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

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  1. University of Virgina - Over 12,000 employees and growing.
  2. The University of Virginia Medical and Health Sciences Center-- This is a major regional teaching & research hospital with a Level One Trauma Center and Medivac Helicopter. This facility in on the Top 100 List of Best Hospitals in the United States. (University of Virginia Health Sciences Center is located at 500 Ray C. Hunt Drive in Charlottesville, Virginia 22903)
  3. State Farm Insurance - 1500+ workers.
  4. Sperry Marine - Part of Northrop Grumman and in business for 50+ years with 1000+ employees locally. With HQ in centrally located Charlottesville, Sperry is a global supplier for navigation, communication, information, and automation systems for commercial naval and marine businesses. Sperry produces designs and technology navigation systems for surface ship platforms.
  5. US Army National Ground Intelligence Center
  6. GE Fanuc Automation Factory automation systems for manufacturing and production systems/processes. Functions as a partnership between General Electric Company and FANUC LTD of Japan. local employees work in engineering, systems integration, and manufacturing of electronic components. One of many operations located in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
  7. Albemarle County Personnel Department
  8. Charlottesville Public Schools
  9. Crutchfield Corporation (electronics retail)
  10. Monticello - Thomas Jefferson's Home and National Historic Site.
  11. FIC Staff Services, Inc. - Temporary employment agency
  12. Martha Jefferson Hospital
  13. Piedmont Virginia Community College
  14. Biotage AB--Local HQ built in Charlottesville circa 1993 as part of a multi-national corporation. Biotage AB's global HQ is in Uppsala, Sweden. Products include genetic analysis and medicinal chemistry. The Discovery Chemistry Division of Biotage AB is located in the University of Virginia Research Park. its focus is the design and development of purification and separation systems for pharmaceutical businesses.

Research: University of Virgina - Gamma Knife Treatment

The position of Research Associate at the University of Virginia has moved into the highest demand job in the city; and Truck Driving positions have moved into the Number Two highest demand slot.

Downtown Charlottesville

Downtown Charlottesville:
E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

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Revitalization is ongoing in Charlottesville's urban area. In the early 1970s, the cities downtown pedestrian focused are was taken under governance by the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department.

Today, this urban area offers, business and living spaces that provide over 120 shops and 30 restaurants that are located in the Historic Sites in the Main Street Charlottesville area.

An ongoing program for registered US National Historic Places works hand in hand with revitalization and economic development programs here. Reconstruction and infrastructure additions continue to offer new jobs as well as to build new business spaces.

Important Community Based Organizations (CBOs)

  • Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development at
  • Charlottesville Democratic Committee
  • Charlottesville Republican Committee
  • Green Party of Virginia
  • Miller Center of Public Affairs - The University of Virginia at
    Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Weed & Seed Network - Crime prevention focused upon weeding out illegal drug trade and abuse.

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Estate.
Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Estate.

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Higher Education

Vocational Education & Training

  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC)
  • GED High School Equivalency Training
  • Piedmont Technical Education Center
  • Institute of Textile Technology

Colleges and Universities

  • University of Virginia - see links under "Largest Employers" above.
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Germanna Community College
  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Sweet Briar College


This metro area is also known for its educational programs and support for Homeschoolers and homeless youth and children.


The City of Charlottesville is a Green City that has planned for sustainability throughout the 21st century. The City Council has adopted the philosophy of the Native Americans of the regions in such planning, specifically:

'We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

The city is dedicated to climate protection and water conservation, recycling, composting, and Natural Gardening with native plants and organic methods where possible. The city also encourages citizens to think about the FOOD MILE - in other words, the social, economical, and environmental costs of importing food from abroad or long distances within America. Emphasis is placed on locally grown products.

An interesting green concept use din Charlottesville is the building of urban forests in order to cool down the inner-city heat that is caused by vehicle traffic and energy generation in urban areas with tall buiildings and extensive pavement.


Excessive heat claims more lives in the United States each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. Between 1979-1998... - Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Greater Charlottesville Area

Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville VA.
Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville VA. | Source

Sports and Recreation

Recreation Consists af a Vibrant Arts and Music Scene:

  • Charlottesville Municipal Band
  • Charlottesville Pavilion - Live performances at Downtown Mall.
  • Fridays After Five
  • Live Arts
  • MLK Performing Arts
  • Piedmont VA Community College
  • The Paramount - National Historic Building, renovated theater.

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