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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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Top Investors
Chesapeake
Hampton
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.

162 New Jobs in Southampton County
December 20, 2019

Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. (FSEDI) announces Bon Bon Farms, LLC will invest $8,551,000 and create one hundred sixty-two new jobs to establish their new operations in Boykins, VA.     

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Industry Spotlight: NASA Langley Research Center
December 20, 2019
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