The City of Suffolk, Virginia is part of the Norfolk/Virginia Beach/ Newport News Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), an area of 1.6 million people, and ranked 40th in the nation for size and is the Commonwealth’s largest city at 432 square miles. Suffolk is 20 miles from Norfolk, 90 miles from Richmond, and 200 miles from Washington, D.C.
Suffolk is home to companies like Kraft/Planters, SYSCO Foods, Unilever/Lipton, BASF, QVC, Sentara, Friant, Lockheed Martin, Bon Secours Health Systems, Massimo Zanetti, ACE Hardware, Target, Sara Lee, and many others. It is also a place where all businesses thrive.
Suffolk has a wealth of opportunities for new and existing businesses to leverage their investments with additional state and local funding. From our Economic Development Investment Program, Foreign Trade Zones and HUB Zone Contracting Program to our Rehabilitation Tax Credits and Facade Improvement Program, we offer a wide variety of attractive federal, state and local incentives for businesses to reach new levels of prosperity.
The Suffolk facility of Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) is a multi-disciplinary research center of Old Dominion University. VMASC is aimed at promoting economic development through collaboration with industry and through the continued maturation of research ideas and analysis to create tangible products and applications suitable for commercial development or public investment. Its presence along with companies like Lockheed Martin, Truestone, Northrop Grumman, ISHPI, J7 Joint Staff, Naval Information Forces, and General Dynamics situates Suffolk at the forefront of the Modeling and Simulation industry.
The Virginia Port Authority, the largest natural deepwater harbor in the world, is nearby in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Newport News. Over 80 million tons of cargo is handled annually. Suffolk’s Nansemond River is also navigable to a depth of 12 feet. Suffolk is strategically located for Port related industries and has the Center Point Intermodal Center ready with 2,000 plus acres!