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Where Your Business Needs to Be

We help create a vibrant economy by attracting new companies, helping existing companies grow and assisting entrepreneurs with their nascent ideas.

Quick Stats


Sources: Virginia Employment Commission (2023), Hampton Roads Alliance, City of Virginia Beach

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Our Industries

Advanced Manufacturing

Virginia Beach is one of America's "Manufacturing Boomtowns."

Bio & Life Sciences

Learn all about why Virginia Beach is best for your Bio business.


Seven of the world’s top-10 defense-related firms have a major presence in Virginia Beach.


Virginia Beach has proven to be a strategic location for the information and communication technology.

Maritime & Logistics

Surrounding the world’s largest natural, deep-water harbor, the Virginia Beach MSA is a maritime and logistics hub.

Offshore Wind

Our region has significant potential for the development of offshore wind resources off its coast.


The Virginia Beach area is home to hundreds of corporations and national and international retailers.


Small businesses are a key component to creating a vibrant, successful, and global community.​​

and more...

  • 38 miles of beaches and world-renowned attractions.
  • No Machinery & Tools Tax.
  • Average commute time: 24.8 minutes.
  • The Port of Virginia: 50-foot channels; $700 million spent in expansion, 46% increased cargo capacity (Source: The Port of Virginia).
  • Landing site of the world’s fastest subsea cables with connections to South America and Europe.
  • Offshore wind-ready workforce.

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Learn about our economic development open request of interests, proposals or bids.

Strategic Location

Virginia Beach is:

  • Forward-thinking and focused on business growth
  • Home to the three fastest subsea cables: MAREA, BRUSA, and Dunant
  • Your gateway to U.S. markets
  • Near bigger, faster, and better marine terminals
  • Served by I-64, a major interstate, connecting the East Coast to the Mississippi River corridor.
  • Within 750 miles (1,200 km) of two-thirds of the U.S. manufacturing base and consumer populations
  • One hour from I-95 and an hour and a half to I-85, major north/south interstate highway corridors serving the East Coast
  • Region's universities offer various options for training
  • A hub for conventions and festivals
  • Maintaining its AAA Bond rating for 12 consecutive years from all three bond rating agencies (Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investor Service
    and Fitch Ratings)
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