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What is Hampton Roads?

Hampton Roads, Virginia is a vibrant, Mid-Atlantic region with a skilled workforce, world-class port facilities and diverse economy. Our engaging lifestyle appeals to businesses, individuals and families from around the globe. Ready to learn more?

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155+ international companies
50 ft. shipping channel
128 million consumers within one day's drive

A Premier Location To Grow Your Business

There are many reasons why Hampton Roads, officially referred to as the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), attracts and retains world-renowned businesses.

Military
120,000
Active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel employed at 9 military installations.
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Global Reach
2.5 Hours
To open sea from the Port of Virginia, providing direct access to over 80 ports worldwide.
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Workforce
832,900
Civilian Labor Force
91% with a high school diploma or higher.
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Explore Our Localities
​11 diverse communities, 1 mission.

In Their Words

Learn why local organizations, economic development representatives and newly established companies choose to do business in Hampton Roads.

Charity Volman
​Charity Volman
SunTrust Bank
For Volman, being an Alliance investor allows her to stay current on business across the region and form key partnerships that enhance her regional presence.
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Jo Janka
​Jo Janka
Liebherr Mining Newport News Co.
Janka understands HREDA is the voice for the Hampton Roads business community. As an investor he's glad to have a seat at the table.
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Elder Tom
​Tom Elder
Isle of Wight County
Elder relies on the Alliance to help new businesses expand to the Hampton Roads region, which creates jobs and strengthens the local economy.
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Claude Fuger
​Claude Fuger
Haulotte​ Group, North America
When expanding to North America, Fuger saw firsthand the power of HREDA and its ability to help businesses establish themselves in our region.
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Top Investors
BBT
Chesapeake
Cox
Dominion
Fsedi
Hampton
Isle Of Wight
Newport News
Norfolk Southern
Norfolk
Poquoson
Portsmouth
Sentara
Suffolk
Suntrust
Townebank
Virginia Beach
Pilot Media
Wells Fargo

From the Blog

​News and perspectives from the HREDA team about the Hampton Roads business community, the global economy and more.

Where Are They Now?: Becker Hydralics
May 13, 2016

HREDA played pivotal role a decade ago in bringing manufacturer Becker Hydraulics to our region. See how they are doing today. 

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INROADS RESEARCH: Applied Shift Share Analysis
April 21, 2016

HREDA Research explores the economic development theory of shift share analysis and applies the theory to regional industries 

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