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A Strategic Location for Distribution Centers

Major retailers and distributors continue to chose a Virginia location for their supply chain operations. These include Walmart, Target, Amazon, Home Depot, Backcountry.com, Dollar Tree, and many others.

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Optimal Access to Major Markets

The Commonwealth’s strong transportation infrastructure ensures optimal access to major east/west and north/south interstate highways and rail lines, regional and international airports, and seaports. The East Coast’s longest thoroughfare, Interstate 95, runs directly through Virginia, providing convenient access to Northeast markets. Being located in Southwest Virginia can unlock markets to the South, including Atlanta via I-77 and Memphis and Nashville along I-81.

Advantageous Logistics Infrastructure

Virginia’s central East Coast position and advanced infrastructure, including The Port of Virginia, provide an ideal location for companies to get products into the hands of their customers quickly.

Top 6 Most Advanced Ports in the U.S.

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2 Class I railroads – CSX and Norfolk Southern

16 commercial airports serve Virginia

The Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia is planning for additional growth with major expansion projects currently underway, and is the only port on the East Coast authorized for 55-foot channel depths to handle the larger cargo ships of the future as first and last port of call. 

  • By 2024, the Port of Virginia will complete $1.5 billion in modernization and expansion projects, including terminal improvements, dredging, and technology, making it the East Coast’s deepest port and one of the most advanced ports in the world. 
  • Dredging work started December 2, 2019, to deepen the western side of Thimble Shoal Channel to 56 feet for commercial channels, after which, the Norfolk Harbor will be able to host two ultra-large container vessels.
  • Located 18 nautical miles from open sea with no aerial obstructions.
  • Transit time from Hong Kong is 37 days via the Panama Canal (11,021 nautical miles) and 34 days via the Suez Canal (11,705 nautical miles).
  • Currently has 50 ft./15.24 m. channels and berths, with congressional authorization for 55 ft./16.76 m. deep channels.
  • 2 Class I railroads operate on-dock (NS and CSX), providing two-day double-stack rail to and from Midwest markets. Columbus can be reached in 1.5 days – the fastest of any East Coast port. Rail transit time to Chicago is 47 hours.
  • 34% of cargo arrives and departs the port by rail, the largest percentage of any U.S. East Coast port. 
  • With a state-of-the-art reservation system, The Port of Virginia provides one of the most efficient truck markets on the U.S. East Coast with sub-40 minute turn times.
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Virginia has always been an important market for Target. A strong local workforce and close proximity to the nearby port make the Suffolk distribution facility ideal for expansion. We look forward to serving guests across the East Coast from this enhanced facility.

Keri Jones Former Executive VP, Global Supply Chain & Ops, Target Corporation
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Washington Dulles International Airport

Air Cargo Gateways

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is a leading air cargo gateway centrally located in the Mid-Atlantic region that serves a large catchment area along the East Coast. Washington Dulles handles over 300,000 tons of cargo annually and is serviced by more than 40 airlines providing connections to over 57 international and 86 domestic destinations.

Washington Dulles offers a cargo-friendly environment with 24-hour operations, no night-time flight restrictions, and the ability to handle the world’s largest aircraft. The airport also has large tracts of land available for air cargo development, which will allow for direct airside access and close proximity to major highways.

On average, more than 140 million pounds of cargo are handled annually at Richmond International Airport (RIC) by air carriers, including Federal Express (FedEx) and United Parcel Service (UPS). RIC's cargo facilities currently offer 750,000 square feet of cargo apron and 142,000 square feet of air cargo warehouse space with direct apron access.

A Skilled and Ready Workforce

Virginia has a ready supply of workers trained and ready to serve the supply chain industry. The largest sectors by employment are warehousing (30,555), trucking (20,780), and transportation support (17,712). In Virginia, companies will see a cost advantage over Northeast markets for labor.

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Training the Future Supply Chain Workforce

A number of university programs in Virginia offer a specialization in supply chain management. In fact, Old Dominion University is the only university in the United States to specifically offer a maritime and supply chain management undergraduate major and one of only two universities to offer an undergraduate maritime major. In addition, Virginia Commonwealth University, Longwood University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia all have supply chain courses available.

At the community college level, Paul D. Camp Community College in Suffolk has developed a Logistics Management Career Studies certificate designed to prepare workers for careers in transportation and warehousing management. In 2019 PDCCC opened its Regional Warehouse and Distribution Training Facility that replicates a real-world warehouse environment for customizable training. The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) offers the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification program, which covers a wide range of skills necessary for success in the logistics industry. These skills include safety, quality control, supply chain management, receiving, storage, and communications.

Additional programs in Virginia include:

  • George Mason University School of Public Policy Center for Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics
  • Old Dominion University Maritime Institute
  • Virginia Tech Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design

Virginia is also home to Army Logistics University (ALU) at Fort Lee. ALU is a composite campus for DoD uniformed and civilian leader education. This learning center provides professional military education, civilian education, and joint, multinational, and interagency education supporting America's DoD logistics, capability development, and operations research/systems analysis leaders. Virginia’s large military presence provides an ongoing source of talent from exiting military joining the civilian workforce.

Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (CCALS) is a unique collaboration between industry, government, and universities designed to deliver transformational improvements to logistics systems. CCALS’ industry-led, university-implemented applied research capability accelerates the transition of technologies from fundamental developments through proof of concept and commercialization.

America's Top State for Business

Consistently ranked as one of the top states for business, Virginia offers a low cost of operations and stable taxes, an acclaimed business environment, and opportunities for sustainable operations.

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Virginia is 3 best state for business regulatory environment
Virginia 1 best quality of life
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A Welcoming Business Climate

  • 2019 electricity rates are below the U.S. average at 6.24 cents per kilowatt hour vs. 7.01 cents nationally.
  • 2019 unemployment insurance taxes are the 5th-lowest in the nation and 43% lower than the national average.
  • Effective Tax Rates for distribution centers rank No. 12 according to the 2015 Location Matters Study by the Tax Foundation.
  • Average workers' compensation costs are among the nation’s lowest.
  • Tax credit and grant incentive programs are available for companies using port facilities in Virginia. These programs include The Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Grant, the Port Volume Increase Tax Credit, the International Trade Facility Tax Credit, and the Barge and Rail Usage Tax Credit