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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.

Kevin Hughes
Kevin Hughes
Suffolk Economic Development
Through his experience both as a public sector partner and former employee, Kevin Hughes, Director of Suffolk Economic Development, definitely sees the benefit in a regional organization.
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Buddy League
Buddy League
Branscome, Inc.
With facilities throughout the region, Buddy League of Branscome, Inc. truly knows what it’s like to be a part of a regional organization.
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Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston
Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston
Norfolk State University
NSU President Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston shares new initiatives underway at NSU, as well as the role that the University plays in the regional economic development and why they choose to invest in the Alliance.
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Steve Cook
Hampton Roads Workforce Council
Steve Cook, Vice President of Workforce Innovation shares about the partnership between Hampton Roads Workforce Council and the Alliance, and what resources are available to help exiting military members transition into the civilian workforce.
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Top Investors
Chesapeake
Hampton
HRSA
Newport News
Norfolk
Poquoson
Portsmouth
Suffolk
Virginia Beach

From the Blog

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

Amazon to Build Two New Facilities and Create 1,500 New
March 10, 2020

The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance is pleased to announce that Amazon plans to build two operation facilities in the region that will create 1,500 new jobs. The two facilities will be located in Suffolk and Chesapeake, bringing the total investment to $250 million for the region.

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Need to Know: January/February 2020
February 27, 2020

The hard work and consistent efforts of our individual localities' economic development offices are key factors in the success of our regional economy and we congratulate them on their recent announcements.

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