The Town of Blacksburg is located in the midst of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains in Virginia's New River Valley. The 1,458 square mile region is bordered on the northwest by West Virginia and along the southeast by the Blue Ridge Mountains. With Interstate 81 passing through the region and Interstate 77 and 64 nearby to the south and north respectively, the area is strategically accessible to both the East Coast and Mid-West markets.
Situated in Montgomery County, Blacksburg is the home of Virginia Tech, Virginia's largest university and one of the nation's leading research centers. Both Blacksburg and Virginia Tech are consistently ranked in national publications such as Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and CNN Money.com for research and technology initiatives. This makes Blacksburg an ideal place to launch a business and an ideal location for retirement. The economy is diverse and well-balanced with government, healthcare, technology, service, and manufacturing.
Blacksburg is approximately four hours from our nation’s capital and three hours from the state’s capital of Richmond. The Virginia Tech-Montgomery Executive Airport is located in Blacksburg and the larger Roanoke Regional Commercial Airport is only a short 45 minute drive away.
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In 2010, Virginia Tech ranked 10th among universities globally on the “IEEE Spectrum Patent Power Scorecard,” which analyzed the strength of patent portfolios for calendar year 2009. During fiscal year 2010, 37 U.S. patents and 7 foreign patents were awarded to Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties and 44 license and option agreements were signed.