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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The Alliance is proud to have worked with City of Suffolk, VEDP and the Port of Virginia to bring Spanish manufacturer, Atarfil, to Hampton Roads. This announcement represents a $5 million capital investment and will create 15 jobs for the region.Read More
The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance held its 19th Annual Meeting on January 26 with over 170 in attendance and featured a panel of the nation's top site consultants.