Virginia_CNBC_#1_Top State for Business - Education_2023
WalletHub_#1_2023_Best Public Schools in the South
SmartAsset_#2 Higher Ed_2022

The primary driver of this entire project was talent. Not just day one talent, but the opportunity to evaluate a talent pipeline.

Holly Sullivan Vice President of Worldwide Economic Development, Amazon

No. 1

Concentration of Tech Workers In the U.S.

Virginia offers the highest concentration of tech talent and the third-largest tech industry workforce in the nation, with 330,000 people working in the tech sector and/or tech occupations.

No. 4

Largest Veteran Population in the U.S.

Virginia is home to over 170,000 veterans under the age of 45, the 4th-largest population in the country.


The Commonwealth was the first state in the nation to adopt CS standards across the K-12 continuum, having integrated these disciplines into Standards of Learning (SOLs) in 2016.

Higher Ed - Community College

A Virginia community college can be reached within 30 minutes of every Virginian. As an aligned system, there is the benefit of programming that is consistent and centrally recognized across 23 colleges, institutions which serve unique regions and diverse business partners.

Higher Ed - 4-Year

The Commonwealth is home to renowned universities that offer an unrivaled set of innovation partnerships. These include the University of Virginia, the nation’s 3rd-ranked and one of the country’s oldest public universities; Virginia Tech, one of the premier science and technical universities; and George Mason University, home to one of the largest CS departments in the U.S.

A Conversation with Sanjay Mehrota

President and CEO
Sanjay Mehrotra
Morgan Olson

Morgan Olson, Danville-Pittsylvania County

Virginia Talent Accelerator Program

Provides world-class training and recruitment solutions that are fully customized to a company’s unique operations, equipment, standards, and culture. All program services are provided at no cost to qualified new and expanding companies as an incentive for job creation.

  • Services full customized for your unique jobs, processes, equipment, and procedures
  • Customized recruitment services
  • No charge – job creation incentive
  • Delivered in collaboration with local community college
  • Project and staffing plan built to scale up rapidly; deliver a turnkey recruitment and training solution
Trex, Frederick County

Trex, Frederick County

Virginia Jobs Investment Program

As the only state that offers companies a choice of workforce incentives, Virginia also offers the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). VJIP provides services and funding to companies creating new jobs or implementing technological change to reduce human resource development costs for new companies, expanding companies, and companies retraining their employees

  • Grant funding to offset training and recruiting costs paid as a cash reimbursement
  • Company chooses training and recruitment providers
  • Funding ranges from $500 - $1,000 per eligible job
George Mason University

George Mason University

Virginia Office of Education Economics

The Virginia Office of Education Economics (VOEE) was created by legislation and established in 2021. VOEE’s mission is to leverage data to inform educational programming, policy, and workforce partnerships across the Commonwealth. VOEE’s analyses are intended to inform policy and practice on the availability, quality, and supply of talent in Virginia