Business Climate

Access to markets

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As the premiere gateway to business in Virginia (not to mention business around the globe), Virginia's Gateway Region is well-positioned for logistics, distribution, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, food manufacturing and energy companies seeking a location where access is everything. This East Coast midpoint is connected to a national rail and highway network, the Port of Virginia, the nation's capital and half of the U.S. population in a day’s drive.

The region is home to a diverse and well-respected collection of employers such as Amazon.com, Honeywell and DuPont. International firms like Rolls-Royce, Sabra Dipping Company and General Electric have also recognized the Gateway Region as the location for continued business success.

Fort Lee, a major logistics presence, combines with other area military installations to churn out over 650 experienced and disciplined veterans in the workforce area each year, many of whom are seeking new careers utilizing the expertise they've gained during their service.

Companies are able to draw on a wide variety of specialized skills, educational backgrounds and professional experience, with their pick of workers from VGR's eight communities as well as the Richmond-Petersburg and Hampton Roads MSAs. 

This strategic location also applies to quality of life, with the advantages and attractions of a major city, surrounding beaches and mountains and high-quality neighborhoods and school districts.