Corporate Headquarters in Virginia

With the 7th highest number of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 company headquarters in the U.S. in 2021, Virginia represents a diversified ecosystem of over 800 corporate headquarters in a broad cross-section of industries including technology, defense, food and beverage, and many others such as finance and hospitality and tourism.

America’s Top State for Talent

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1M Professionals in Corporate Headquarters Occupations

Ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for both Education and Workforce by CNBC, Virginia has the best schools in the South (No. 4 in the U.S.) according to WalletHub, as well as one of the best higher education systems in the world (No. 1 in the U.S. according to SmartAsset). Virginia is home to almost a million professionals in corporate headquarters occupations (e.g., finance, accounting, computer science, data science, HR, and marketing).

Virginia also ensures that new headquarters can quickly attract and onboard high-quality employees by offering a world-class, customized talent acquisition solution through the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program – or a grant from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) for companies that want to manage their own recruitment activities.

No. 1 GRADUATION RATE

No. 1 postsecondary education graduation rate in the U.S.

371,857 FULL-TIME STUDENTS

371,857 full-time student enrollment in Virginia colleges and universities

40% HAVE A BACHELOR'S DEGREE

40% of Virginians aged 25 years and older have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher

Virginia Hits All the Marks for Nestlé USA’s Headquarters

When Nestlé USA, a subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., began searching for the site of its new U.S. corporate headquarters, the company’s criteria focused on location and talent. In 2017, following an arduous selection process that spanned 20 cities, Nestlé USA announced plans to invest $39.8 million to relocate its U.S. headquarters to Arlington County.

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Virginia: The Prime Location for HQ2

After a 14-month competitive site selection process with 238 proposals from communities across North America, the tech giant announced plans to invest approximately $2.5 billion to establish a major new headquarters (HQ2) in Virginia, creating more than 25,000 high-paying jobs over the next 12 years.

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Volkswagen Group of America Drives Jobs and Investment in Virginia

In 2007, Volkswagen Group of America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe, announced the relocation of its U.S. headquarters to Fairfax County, representing a $118 million capital investment and 401 new jobs.

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Robust Global and Local Connectivity

Corporate travelers have access to world-class, global flight service from Northern Virginia’s airports, as well as frequent direct flights to key markets such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Atlanta, and other hubs from airports located throughout the Commonwealth.

Virginia’s network of public transit via rail, metro and bus system offers headquarters talent access to environmentally friendly transportation solutions, ranking No. 1 among Southeastern states for public transit usage.

Virginia also provides ubiquitous access to broadband for headquarters in large and small metro areas and boasts the No. 3 fastest internet speed in the country according to WalletHub.

16 commercial airports

16 commercial airports serving Virginia with direct flights to 100+ domestic and 50+ international destinations

#1 public transit usage

#1 among Southeastern states for public transit usage via rail and bus systems

$27B transportation projects

$27 billion committed for transportation projects over the next six years

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Strategic Mid-Atlantic Location

Virginia’s location at the center of the East Coast offers headquarters proximity to key economic hubs, including critical customer markets like the federal government, Northeast Corridor, and Southeast metro areas. Virginia also offers an easily accessible base of operations for international companies expanding their footprint into North America by placing headquarters locations in the Eastern Time Zone.

We have chosen Fairfax County, considered the East Coast center of technology innovation, for its proximity to the nation’s capital, a vibrant business community, access to several international airports and Metro’s Silver Line, and an incredibly diverse and highly educated workforce.

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Virginia Economic Review

In this issue of Virginia Economic Review, we discuss why so many executives choose Virginia for their corporate headquarters. Article highlights include:

  • Innovation Lives at National Landing: An Update on Amazon’s HQ2
  • Home Away From Home: A Look at International Company Headquarters
  • Virginia’s Smaller Metros Prove Fertile Ground for Tech Headquarters
  • From Boots to the Boardroom

America's Top State for Business

Virginia is frequently recognized for its favorable regulatory climate, and it is consistently rated one of the best-run states in the country. Virginia has earned a triple-A bond rating for more than 80 consecutive years, longer than any other state, and it benefits from low risk of natural hazards in every region. A right-to-work state with only 2.5% union membership (one of the lowest rates in the country), Virginia also offers low and stable business taxes, as well as competitive utility and construction costs. 

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An Attractive, Stable, and Predictable Operating Environment

  • Virginia has had a stable 6% corporate income tax rate, one of the lowest in the nation, since 1972.
  • Virginia’s metro areas offer a lower average lease cost for Class A office space than many popular headquarters locations in the United States.
  • Sound economic policy and prudent financial management has earned Virginia a AAA credit rating since 1938 — longer than any other state.
  • From highly urbanized areas to medium metros and rural areas, Virginia’s construction costs fall below the national average by 7% to 20%.

An Exceptional Quality of Life

Ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for Quality of Life by Forbes, Virginia offers a diverse range of lifestyle options; a mild, four-season climate; and a competitive cost of living.

Vibrant urban centers and picturesque small towns are alive with arts and culture and stunning landscapes. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of a wide variety of beautiful outdoor settings, from mountains and hiking trails to beaches and rivers.

Virginia enables businesses to provide the affordable, exciting, and diverse environment that young professionals want in order to thrive both on and off the clock.

The high quality of Virginia’s public and private schools is responsible for a strong talent pipeline for headquarters operations. But it also plays a prominent role in influencing the relocation decisions of young and mid-career professionals, of which an estimated 80% will become parents in the next decade.

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Sandbridge, Virginia Beach

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Smith Mountain Lake, Bedford County

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Appian, Fairfax County

A Globally Diverse and Inclusive State

Virginia has one of the most diverse talent pools of corporate professionals in the country, ranking among the top 10 states for the percentage of corporate professionals who are Black or Asian American, and among the top 15 states for the percentage of professionals who are Hispanic. Virginia’s corporate headquarters talent also stands out for its international character, ranking 10th in the country for its share of foreign-born employees.

Virginia maintains an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion through numerous government, industry, and non-profit initiatives. For example, Virginia was the first state in the Southeast to extend workplace protections to LGBTQ+ professionals.

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