Newport News

Newport News is home to two national laboratories, a network of academic programs and research centers, and a technology-focused business sector are supported by a skilled workforce, an exceptional quality of life, and all the benefits of a major metropolitan area at a very modest cost.  The city’s largest employers are Canon Virginia, Inc.; Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.; Newport News Shipbuilding; Riverside Health System; and the U.S. Department of Defense

The Newport News economy, anchored by Newport News Shipbuilding, is the turbine which powers the Virginia Peninsula's regional economy. Strategic planning and a pro-business atmosphere have primed Newport News for a bright economic future in the 21st century and beyond. The Newport News economy possesses a healthy mix of manufacturing, defense, research and technology, and office-based industries. The Oyster Point business park is the central business district for the entire Virginia Peninsula region. Newport News also leads the region in retail sales.

The technology sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Newport News economic base. Technology-oriented firms are attracted to Newport News by the unbeatable combination of a highly skilled workforce, the low cost of doing business, and a pleasant and exciting array of lifestyle amenities. The nearby NASA Langley Research Center and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) are two major high-tech drawing cards. Firms such as Canon, Continental AG, Alion Science and Technology, C² Technologies and Triumph Aerospace Systems produce electronic automotive components, precision machinery and instrumentation, nuclear components, precision engineering models, industrial controls, electronic testing equipment, software, and computer systems and peripherals.

Newport News is an eastern terminus of the CSX, the nation's largest rail system.  A main line terminating at the Newport News ports and several rail spurs carry goods and commodities between Newport News and CSX's vast market.  Rail spurs enter Oakland and Peninsula industrial parks.  Siding is available to firms located along the CSX main line and spurs.  Small loads can be picked up at your company's freight dock by a CSX delivery truck. CSX's service area includes the industrial Mid-west, the South, and parts of Canada.  CSX has more than 47,500 miles of track.  Besides containers and other general cargo, a tremendous amount of coal moves over the CSX tracks to the Newport News ports.  The CSX is the nation's largest coal-hauling line. Rail passenger service to Newport News is provided by AMTRAK.  Daily service between Newport News, Washington, D.C., New York and Boston is provided from a new, modern passenger station opposite Huntington Park.

The Port of Hampton Roads has now become the mid-Atlantic load center, and has the deepest channel on the East Coast, with both inbound and outbound lanes dredged to fifty feet. The unified ports operated by Virginia International Terminals, Inc. are shipping more than 14 million tons of general cargo annually and growing. More than 75 shipping lines sail to more than 330 ports of call throughout the world. Hampton Roads is a world leader in coal export shipments. Other bulk cargo includes grains and petroleum. More than 50 million tons of bulk cargo is shipped through Hampton Roads annually. The 45-foot channel depth is currently being deepened to 50 feet.

Newport News is served by one local and two regional airports. Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport is one mile from I-64 and no more than 15 minutes from any point in the City. 
Norfolk International Airport is no more than 45 minutes away from most Newport News locations. Richmond International Airport, near I-64 south of Richmond, can be reached within 50 to 75 minutes.

Interstate 64 and its Downtown link, Interstate 664, are the vital freeways that supercharge the Newport News motor transportation system. The interstates bring everything closer together and cut down transit time for your products. Interstate access in Newport News benefits your local, metropolitan and national transportation movements.

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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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