Hampton Roads attracts and retains world-renowned businesses for many reasons. Comprising 11 diverse communities (the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach, and the counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton), Hampton Roads has been a commercial and trading center since 1607. The region maintains a superior infrastructure to easily move goods between national and international markets. The Port of Virginia, offering the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast, is vital to businesses that depend on Virginia's ports for worldwide access.
Home to every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, over 120,000 active-duty, reserve, and civilian personnel are located in the region. The labor force numbers nearly 823,000, and Hampton Roads' eight universities and four community colleges graduate 29,000 individuals annually, supplying a skilled workforce for the area’s industries.
Well-known for its ports, shipyards, and maritime-related industries, such as warehousing, distribution, and logistics, Hampton Roads is also home to a burgeoning modeling and simulation industry, as well as aerospace, food and beverage processing, defense, and headquarters operations. Businesses come to Hampton Roads because of national and global access, low business costs, and a robust talent pipeline, and they stay because the region is an ideal place to live, work, and raise a family.
Hampton Roads’ integrated transportation network of highways, air, rail, and sea services provides excellent access to markets across the nation and the world.
- Interstate 64, a major east-west route, encircles the region, and north-south I-85 and I-95 are 22 miles and 3 miles away, respectively.
- The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel gives coastal highway traffic direct access to Hampton Roads and saves travelers 90 miles to the New York/New Jersey corridor.
- Freight rail service is provided by Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern’s corporate headquarters is located here.
- Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak, with trains departing from Newport News and Norfolk.
- The Port of Virginia, which occupies 1,864 acres on the East Coast and hosts nearly 30 international shipping lines, offering connections to more than 200 countries around the world. With its unobstructed, ice-free harbor, 50-foot-deep channels, and location 18 miles from the open ocean, the Port is the most highly accommodating natural deep-water harbor on the East Coast.
- Norfolk International (ORF) and Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF) airports, both within a 30-minute drive of the region, provide over 250 flights per day to 26 airports that represent major hubs and international gateways.
Hampton Roads is an international community, home to companies from 26 different countries. Major employers like InBev, Arconic, Continental AG, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Smithfield Foods, and Ferguson operate in the region. The City of Suffolk is known as the “Caffeine Capital,” with Massimo Zanetti and Unilever/Lipton on its roster.
Average commute time for workers is typically 24 minutes, and housing options range from lake and waterfront properties to urban dwellings or rural acreage.
Over 77,000 students attend Hampton Roads’ seven universities and three community colleges, including Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, Thomas Nelson Community College, and Tidewater Community College, offering diverse learning opportunities and preparing the regional workforce with a range of knowledge and skills.
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Hampton Roads is one of America’s most popular vacation spots, with a match for every individual’s taste. The region offers multiple downtown districts, town and city centers with blossoming art scenes and music venues, popular restaurants, shopping destinations, and local and regional festivals, as well as waterfront parks and campgrounds.
With direct access to the Chesapeake Bay, the James and York Rivers, and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, more than 2,500 miles of shoreline provide a full range of seaside recreational activities, including boating, kayaking, fishing, and scenic biking and hiking trails.
In Hampton Roads, lifestyle, entertainment, and recreational choices are as varied as personal preference and budget.
Keri Jones Former Executive VP, Global Supply Chain & Ops, Target Corporation
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.