Economic Development

The County of Bath is eager to assist new or expanding businesses who want to be a part of one of the greatest small communities in the Commonwealth. The opportunities are as vast as the 540 acres that make up our beautiful county. 

A popular second home destination for Charlottesville, Richmond and Washington, DC, we have been home to the famed Omni Homestead Resort since 1766.  With two championship golf courses, a shooting club and ski resort, The Omni Homestead is an anchor for the area and offers a stable year round employment base.

Among the lowest real estate and property tax rates in the Commonwealth, opening a business is easy and attractive to the most seasoned business owners as well as creative entrepreneurs. 

Rich in culture, Garth Newel Music Center, where Bach meets Blues and Jazz, offers music and food to feed the soul.  Warm Springs Gallery features renowned artists’ works and hosts an annual Plein Air Festival every fall. 

Steeped in history, Douthat Park has been a traditional family park since 1936.  Douthat is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for the role its design played in the development of parks nationwide.

Outdoor recreation abounds at every turn and is amid some of most breathtaking scenery in the country.  Fishing, hiking, camping and water sports are among some of the favorites of both citizens and visitors of the county.

Additionally we operate Ingalls Field airport, the highest elevated public use airport east of the Mississippi and home to Bath Community Hospital, a critical access hospital with 24 hour emergency care, diagnostic services, rehabilitative services and specialty clinics. 

With so many opportunities and reasons to call us home, the County of Bath awaits your pleasure! 

Economic Development Strategic Plan

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Bruce McWilliams, EDA Chair 
P.O. Box 13, Warm Springs, Virginia 24484

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