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is home to some of the most successful and innovative companies in their industries.  Hampton has a unique mix of growing and established business clusters strategically designed to succeed. Their prosperity is due, in part, to local and regional assets, a highly educated workforce, competitive incentives, and state-of-the-art business parks.


Located on the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Hampton is graced with miles of shoreline and breathtaking water views. The city is literally in the heart of the Hampton Roads region and the center of the East Coast. Established in 1610, Hampton is one of America’s oldest cities and is also one of the fastest growing cities in the region…a city on the move! Rich in history with small-town charm, Hampton has been recognized by Money magazine as one of the best places to live, as well as a national model for youth development and civic engagement. Stroll the streets of our vibrant, waterfront community and you will quickly see what makes Hampton a great place to live, work and play.

In addition to a great business climate, Hampton's location is attracting some of the nation's most successful housing, retail, and hotel developers. The city is dedicated to improving its quality of life and making it a regional entertainment and shopping destination. Hampton's location, abundant waterfront, successful business clusters, unique housing and retail developments make it an ideal location.
The city’s largest employers are: Alcoa-Howmet Hampton; Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC); Hampton Roads Transit (HRT); Hampton University; and Measurement Specialties, Inc.


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.

Interstates 64 and 664 converge in Hampton, providing excellent access to two international airports and Interstates 95 and 85. Richmond, Virginia, the state’s capital, is one hour away and Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital is three hours away.


Chesapeake was formed through the merger of the city of South Norfolk and Norfolk County in 1963. It’s a community of communities, each with a distinctive

history. During the 1960s and 1970s, the young city began to develop a comprehensive network of city services, including police and fire protection, schools, libraries, parks and recreation, health, utilities, land use planning, transportation network and more.  

Chesapeake is replete with beautiful parks, lakes and rivers, culturally diverse events, and some of the best places to shop on the East Coast. It’s a community of communities, each with a distinctive history. Chesapeake is replete with beautiful parks,   lakes and rivers, culturally diverse events, and some of the best places to shop on the East Coast.  

Chesapeake, has been ranked as one of the six best places to live by Money magazine, is a vibrant community that enjoys the best of two worlds; one of urban variety, culture and excitement, and another of rural landscapes and relaxed country living. It is also consistently ranked by the FBI as one of the five

safest U.S. cities with populations over 200,000, which lends to the safe, community atmosphere that residents enjoy. 

Chesapeake has more miles of deepwater canals than any other city in the country and is part of the Intracoastal Waterway, stretching from Maine to Florida.  Over the last decade, many national and international companies have taken advantage of the city’s port-related activities, atmosphere and highly-qualified labor market by relocating to Chesapeake. 
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