​​​​​Key Industries

Clearly defined target industry sectors allow for more effective marketing, business attraction, as well as retention based on the City's competitive advantages.

The City's business community is renowned for its highly diverse collection of industries, including nationally and internationally known corporate headquarters, technologically-advanced manufacturers, billion-dollar defense contractors, and locally owned shops.

Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia but many people are surprised to​ learn that the resort city is also home to about 23,000 acres of farmland and agriculture is the city's third largest industry, generating more than $124 million in economic impact. ​

​In order to increase the department's effectiveness in terms of marketing, business attraction and existing industry programs, resources are focused on several key business clusters: