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Hampton is home to technological innovation: NASA Langley Research Center started here and continues to be internationally acclaimed. It supports NASA space programs with atmospheric research and technology testing. The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) also began in Hampton. It supports NASA Langley Research Center and a host of others. NIA is a world-class research and educate institute created to do advanced aerospace and atmospheric research and develop new technologies.
Hampton is quickly becoming the preferred location in the region for retail and entertainment, strengthening the city’s position as a regional retail hub and visitor destination. It is a billion dollar industry in Hampton and is the city’s second largest source of local tax dollars. The local retail landscape is an eclectic mix of traditional national and regional tenants with a healthy population of small locally owned businesses and one-of-a-kind owner-operated stores and restaurants. The nature of Hampton’s retail market is growing stronger and more dynamic in large part because of the city’s economic development initiatives supporting the development of new mixed-use, retail, entertainment, high-density higher-value housing and tourism projects. This effort combined with a sizable consumer market attributed to the city’s large military presence and its location along a high volume tourist corridor makes Hampton the ideal place for retail investments.
Centrally located on the East Coast, Hampton occupies 55 square miles and is strategically positioned near major interstates and transportation arteries that allow businesses to reach customers from anywhere in the world. Hampton is in the middle of the East Coast and within 700 miles (1167 km) of 60% of the U.S. population. The city’s has easy access to the Port of Hampton Roads.