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Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance6 hours ago
Quality Maritime Surveyors (QMS), a leading provider of maritime non-destructive testing education and training in Australia is proud to announce its expansion into Virginia. With a rich history of supporting the Collins class in Australia and a deep-rooted commitment to maritime excellence, QMS is poised to bring its expertise to the heart of the U.S. shipbuilding industry in Hampton Roads. The company is backed by years of experience in naval submarine and shipbuilding and has developed and refined processes to train maritime technicians. With offices dedicated to naval submarine and shipbuilding in South Australia, Osborne, and Western Australia, Henderson, QMS has established itself as a trusted partner in the maritime defense sector.

As part of its expansion, QMS will initially establish a presence in the Virginia Defense Landing at the Hampton Roads Alliance’s IDEA Lab in the World Trade Center in Norfolk, while they seek a permanent location in Newport News.

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Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance6 days ago
We were honored to host Director, Enoh Ebong of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) at the Hampton Roads Alliance's IDEA Lab. Business Retention Expansion representatives from most of the 14 localities joined the conversation. She discussed USTDA's mission of supporting high quality infrastructure overseas through reverse trade missions. For every dollar of grant funding the federal government service provides, they see a return of $231 in imports. Director Ebong is also visiting the The Port of Virginia this afternoon. We look forward to a continued partnership.
Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance2 weeks ago
Check out this highlight reel from our 2024 Annual Meeting! Several hundred of our allies in economic development assembled at Hampton University- to hear from renowned author and scholar Bruce Katz, network, and celebrate the successes of 2023 to include a 25-year-record for projects with 13 supported announcements. Chelsea Jenkins Olivieri, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade was recognized as our 2023 Ally of the Year. Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Hampton Economic Development.
Hampton Roads Alliance

Hampton, VA

The city of Hampton, located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, is situated at the heart of the Hampton Roads region. Anchored by aerospace and defense facilities, major medical centers, and higher education, Hampton attracts a highly educated workforce and high-tech companies to its business parks, Downtown, and Coliseum Central Business District. A progressive business environment, eclectic neighborhoods, breathtaking waterfront, and endless recreational opportunities all combine to make Hampton the perfect place for businesses and residents alike.

Industry Highlights

The presence of NASA Langley Research Center, the oldest NASA center in the country, and the National Institute for Aerospace has made Hampton an excellent location for high-tech aerospace companies. Along with these world-renowned aerospace research centers, the city is home to the Virginia Tech Foundation’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center. This facility focuses on breakthrough research on seafood quality and safety for commercial and aquaculture industries throughout Virginia and the United States.

Hampton is also home to leaders in health care offering cutting-edge medical research and care solutions. Among these are Hampton University’s Proton Therapy Institute (the largest free-standing proton therapy institute in the world), the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Sentara Healthcare, and Riverside Health System.


Industry Employment Breakdown

Industry # of Employees % of Workforce
Health Care and Social Assistance 6,765 30.96%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 4,552 20.83%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 3945 18.06%
Manufacturing 2,052 9.39%
Transportation and Warehousing 1,388 6.35%

Source: EMSI


Median Age
Labor Force
Unemployment Rate
Median Household Income
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2019; Esri Business Analyst Online, 2024 Forecast; Esri Business Analyst Online 2019 Detailed Age Profile; Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), 2019 Forecast

Key Companies

NASA Langley Research Center

Sentara Healthcare

Hampton VA Medical Center (HVAMC)

Hampton University

Howmet Aerospace

City of Hampton Economic Development Department

Mr. Steven Lynch, Interim Director
(P) 757-728-5168

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