Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance:
Norfolk is a charming, waterside urban center where business, education, and recreation are always close by. The city has a vibrant downtown is home to businesses small and large, and our diverse economy is one of the nation’s strongest. You’ll find a thriving arts scene, renowned museums, beautiful neighborhoods and one-of-a -kind restaurants. Norfolk hosts the world's largest naval base, the region's international airport and is one of the busiest international ports on the East Coast.
Six of the 10 largest population centers in the United States are located within 750 miles of Norfolk: New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Detroit, MI; Indianapolis, IN and Jacksonville, FL.
Norfolk is home to the corporate headquarters of Norfolk Southern Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. The Hampton Roads region enjoys exceptional cargo handling and transportation through the extensive rail service provided by Norfolk Southern and CSX. The combined rail system consists of 43,300 miles of tracks linking 23 states, including the entire Eastern U.S. and the Province of Ontario, Canada. Amtrak provides daily passenger rail service between Newport News, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
Three marine terminals operated by the Virginia Port Authority and located in Norfolk, Newport News, and Portsmouth, serve the region as one of the busiest general cargo ports on the East Coast with a 50 foot deep, year-round, ice-free harbor. APM Terminals has opened Phase I of its $450 million, 575-acre facility in Portsmouth. This is the country’s first privately developed container terminal and one of the largest and most advanced container facilities on the North American East Coast. Over 95% of the world’s shipping lines call on the Port of Hampton Roads, linking Virginia to more than 380 ports in over 115 locations worldwide.
Norfolk International Airport and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport provide over 250 non-stop and direct flights daily to more than 26 airports, 17 of which are international gateways.
Hampton Roads is linked to domestic markets by one of the country’s most modern interstate and state highway systems. Interstate 64, a major east-west route, encircles the metropolitan area. Due west are the principal north-south interstate highways, I-85 and I-95. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel gives coastal highway traffic direct access to Hampton Roads and saves 90 miles to the New York/New Jersey corridor.