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Torc Headquarters

Blacksburg, Virginia

Blacksburg: Home Sweet Home

Nestled along the New River in the Alleghany and Blue Ridge Mountains, Blacksburg offers an abundance of beauty and outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, caving, rock climbing, and golfing. After-work bike rides on the nearby Huckleberry Trail and group hikes among Torc’rs are common. Combined with the plethora of resources for autonomous vehicle testing and continued state support, it’s easy to see why Virginia has been our home for 15 years.

Torc Headquarters

405 Partnership Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: 800.530.9285

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"Blacksburg is the perfect place for anyone passionate about a career working with cutting-edge technology. Anyone who loves the outdoors would feel right at home here too."
Daniel, Software Engineer, Behaviors, Planning, and Controls at Torc
"The Blacksburg area contains a plethora of STEM-oriented people, and there are several large engineering and technology companies in the area. This means you can usually find a group of people interested in the same things you are interested in."
ZJ - Software Engineer
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The Perfect Testing Ground

Our headquarters location provides a unique combination of road and weather conditions. It is located near the Virginia Smart Road – one of the world’s most advanced testing facilities for transportation and safety research. Operated by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Smart Road can replicate driving conditions and simulate various weather, road, and lighting conditions in rural, highway and connector settings.

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The State of Innovation

The Commonwealth of Virginia is highly supportive of developing innovative and emerging technology at state, regional and local levels. Additionally, the state has actively invested in Torc’s growth. In 2020, Torc received multiple grants from The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and additional job creation support through the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program.

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Endless Adventure

The town of Blacksburg maintains over 500 acres of green space and includes tennis courts, a skate park, aquatic center, fitness center and many recreational programs. Cultural, art and sporting events are abundant due in part to the proximity to three nearby universities, and Downtown Blacksburg is adjacent to the 3rd largest university in Virginia. Its streets are frequently traveled by pedestrians and cyclists, as well as rapid influxes of visitors during large sporting events. From grade schools to graduate programs, Blacksburg and its surrounding areas offer unparalleled education programs.

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Quality of Living

With a cost of living below the national average and well below Silicon Valley, the New River Valley offers an affordable place to live and raise a family. It boasts a low crime rate, short commute times and activities for any interest. It’s no wonder this area has received numerous awards and rankings, including Best Places to Raise a Family, Top 100 Small Cities/Towns in the US, Happiest Town in America, The Best Places to Retire, and Top 100 Best Places to Live.

But don’t just take our word for it. See for yourself why Blacksburg and the New River Valley region are wonderful places to live.

Discover the possibilities of the New River Valley with the NRV Guide.

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