Virginia is America's Top State for Business

These companies found what they were looking for in Virginia. Hear from their leaders to see why a Virginia location offers a foundation for success.

Talent Advantage

America’s Top State for Talent

Talent Advantage

America’s Top State for Talent

Virginia’s premier talent base makes for a world-class labor pool ready to meet business needs in all key employee profiles. Across industries, Virginia’s workforce is one of the most productive and educated populations in the country – 38% of the population has a bachelor’s degree of higher, making the Commonwealth the sixth most educated state in the country (and first in the South).

Ranked No. 1 in America for both talent and education by CNBC, Virginia continues to raise the bar when it comes to talent development. Programs such as the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program and the Tech Talent Investment Program make sure Virginians are prepared for the jobs of today and the future.

Virginia has been a great home for us for years from a workforce perspective. Solid universities across the state serve as feeding grounds for our trainee programs and for the different roles that we bring inside the headquarters environment. It’s been home to us, and a great place to grow and thrive as a business.

Kevin Murphy Chief Executive Officer

Unparallelled Livability

From beaches to mountains, cities to small towns, there are so many reasons to love living here. Virginia is for Lovers after all.

Virginia’s diversity and natural beauty are simply unparalleled. With access to a variety of outdoor amenities both in cities and picturesque small towns as well as thriving urban centers alive with arts and culture, Virginians throughout the Commonwealth have a vibrant quality of life.

We serve the U.S. market and export to over 80 countries from our location in Virginia Beach. The Port of Virginia was one of the reasons we chose this location more than 45 years ago, and as we have grown, the port has become integral to our success.

Bjoern Fischer President

Advantageous Location and Infrastructure

Virginia’s central East Coast location and advanced infrastructure enable companies to get products to market quickly.

Strategically located on the U.S. East Coast and adjacent to Washington, D.C., Virginia’s integrated transportation system of highways, railroads, airports, and seaports provide logistical advantages for companies in every industry.

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Virginia has made for a great manufacturing location for the Hershey Company because it gives us access to the talent and labor supply that we need to operate a highly efficient, automated manufacturing facility.

Jason Reiman Chief Supply Chain Officer

Business Climate Advantage

The northernmost right-to-work state on the East Coast, Virginia is consistently ranked as a top state for business in the U.S.

Ranked as America’s Top State for Business by CNBC, Virginia offers the right environment for business success. Since 1972, the Commonwealth has had a stable 6% corporate income tax, lower than the national median of 6.5%. Virginia has also maintained a AAA rating since 1938, longer than any other state.


Contact VEDP today to learn more about how Virginia can be a great partner for your business.