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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.

From the President: Regional Workforce has the Skills, Needs the Jobs
April 19, 2017

Highlighting the recent 2017 State of the Workforce report, President & CEO Rick Weddle recaps where we’ve been, where we are today, and what challenges and opportunities lay ahead for our regional workforce.

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InRoads Research: Peninsula Technology's Emerging and Star Industries
April 06, 2017

A look at the tech industry clusters of Hampton Roads’ peninsula cities – Hampton, Newport News, and Poquoson – and their relative concentration (Location Quotient) and regional specific growth/contrition (Competitive Effect) metrics to classify them as Star, Emerging, Mature or Transforming industries. From this we can see how high tech employment is helping the region grow, and how the region stands out as a place for future high tech employers. 

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