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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
838,400
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 the Alliance 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 the Alliance 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
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?: Ace Hardware
June 26, 2017

In 2011, after working with a team of economic development professionals including the Alliance staff, Ace Hardware chose the City of Suffolk for their first East Coast Import Re-Distribution Center. The facility has been so successful that in 2017, they announced a 138,000 sq. ft. expansion. 

 

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From the President: Regional Growth Opportunity Awaits
June 19, 2017

President & CEO Rick Weddle reflects on the regional employment market: Currently in a "recovery" business cycle, Hampton Roads' business cycle shows opportunity for significant growth.

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