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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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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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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.

Preferred Freezer Services expands in Hampton Roads with $60M investment in Portsmouth, creating 60 new jobs.
April 05, 2019

The Alliance is pleased to announce alongside the City of Portsmouth, the Port of Virginia and Virginia Economic Development Partnership that that Preferred Freezer Services, one of the largest public refrigerated warehousing companies in the world, will invest $60 million to construct a 200,000-square-foot cold storage warehouse in the City of Portsmouth. 

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Need to Know: February & March 2019
March 28, 2019

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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