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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
130 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
823,000
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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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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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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Top Investors
Chesapeake
Cox
Fsedi
Hampton
Isle Of Wight
Newport News
Norfolk
Poquoson
Portsmouth
PORT of VA-white
Suffolk
Suntrust
Townebank
Virginia Beach

From the Blog

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

Rick Weddle, President & CEO, Announces Plans to Retire
May 31, 2018

The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA), the region’s lead economic development agency, announced Rick Weddle’s retirement from the role of CEO, effective December 31, 2018.

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Meet the Team: Laura Hayes
February 12, 2018

Laura Hayes joined the Alliance in 2012 as an intern and has worked her way to her current position as Vice President of Business Development. Learn more about what makes her a valuable asset to the Alliance team.

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