Virginia Beach is a highly desirable location for the highly skilled, highly paid, high-tech workforce. Over fifty percent of the City of Virginia Beach annual budget funds public education with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, the key to establishing a continuous supply of a highly skilled emerging workforce. Additionally, the City of Virginia Beach focuses on preparing children to enter kindergarten ready to learn through the GrowSmart program.
A new knowledge-based economy is emerging in Virginia Beach, driven by ideas, services and innovation. In order to compete with this fast paced workplace, Virginia Beach understands it must continually build a skilled workforce through lifelong learning and worker training. These programs not only support a strong workforce but also serve to achieve additional economic development goals. With strong public and private partnerships, including a strong partership with Opportunity, Inc., the regional workforce investment board, the continuouly evolving Virginia Beach workforce is competitive on a global scale.