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Regional Partners + Resources

Economic Development is Built on
Regional Collaboration

The Hampton Roads Alliance is committed to working collaboratively with local and state partners to forward the regional economy. We believe in the power of partnership and that by working together, we can unify our localities, businesses and community at large to create a more prosperous and diverse regional economy for all.

We are proud to work closely with the following organizations who each play a vital role growing the regional economy.

State Organizations


The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support development and expansion of the Commonwealth’s economy. To accomplish these objectives, the Partnership focuses on business recruitment, expansion, and international trade. VEDP has offices in Virginia, Germany, Japan, and South Korea. With dedicated and knowledgeable professionals committed to Virginia’s economic success, VEDP helps businesses find the resources they need to make relocation and expansion successful endeavors.

GO Virginia

GO Virginia is a bipartisan, business-led economic development initiative that supports programs to create more high-paying jobs through incentivized collaboration between business, education, and government to diversify and strengthen the economy in every region of the Commonwealth. The Growth & Opportunity Board, responsible for awarding allotted funds to relevant projects, oversees Regional Councils, who submit project ideas to the Board for approval. The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development supports the administrative aspects of both these entities, and the GO Virginia Foundation supports these efforts through education about best practices and advocacy.

Chambers of Commerce

Hampton Roads Chamber

The Hampton Roads Chamber Means Business. It is a pro-business organization serving as an Impactful Advocate, Powerful Economic Partner, Inspiring Ignitor, and Regional Collaborator setting the conditions for businesses to succeed. The Hampton Roads Chamber represents the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.

Virginia Peninsula Chamber

The Virginia Peninsula Chamber serves as the connector on the Peninsula by “Connecting Business with Opportunity.” We do this through Facilitation, Advocacy, Communication and Education. This is the “FACE” of the Peninsula. VPC serves the Cities of Hampton, Newport News, and Poquoson as well as York County and James City County.

Isle Of Wight Chamber Of Commerce

The Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce has served Isle of Wight County since 1984. The chamber promotes a sound and healthy business climate and provides creative leadership in solving community problems and in initiating constructive community action. Its friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you plan your visit to our area, prepare for your relocation, or to help you start or move your business to Isle of Wight County.

Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber Of Commerce

Since 1954 the Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce has been a part of our ever growing community and continues to serve the Franklin-Southampton region. Its mission is to strengthen the community by uniting focused and energized young professionals in business through networking, community service and social opportunities.

Greater Williamsburg Chamber Of Commerce

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce represents nearly 700 small, medium, and large organizations in Williamsburg, James City County, and York County.

Workforce Development

Hampton Roads Workforce Council

The regional convener of the workforce development ecosystem and related initiatives in Hampton Roads, offering robust training and employment services for jobseekers, as well as dedicated talent recruitment, development, and retention services for businesses.

Regional Planning and Development

Hampton Roads Economic Roundtable

The Hampton Roads Executive Roundtable, also known as “The Roundtable,” was established in 2023 by uniting Reinvent Hampton Roads (est. in 2016) and Hampton Roads Business Roundtable (est. in 2012) to synchronize economic development strategy, advocacy, and initiatives for the region. The Roundtable also serves as the support organization for the Region 5 Council of Virginia’s innovative GO Virginia program.

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

As the first community foundation in Virginia, HRCF is among more than 750 community foundations across the United States (30 in Virginia alone) and another 100 in other countries. Its focus is on partnering with donors from all walks of life to improve life in southeastern Virginia through grants, scholarships and leadership initiatives.

Hampton Roads Military And Federal Facilities Alliance

The mission of HRMFFA is to attract, retain and grow military and federal facilities across the region for the common good and welfare of the residents of Hampton Roads. Through regional advocacy and influence, the Alliance acts to attract, retain and grow organizations, capabilities and investments owned, operated or funded by the Federal government.

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), one of 21 Planning District Commissions in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a regional organization representing this area’s 17 local governments.


Hampton Roads Transit

The purpose of the HRT is to provide reliable and efficient transportation service and facilities to the Hampton Roads community. It is the largest public transit system in Hampton Roads and serves over 22 million passengers annually.

Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission

Comprised of locally elected officials, HRTAC is responsible for determining how new regional money, approximately $200 million annually, will be invested in transportation projects.

Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

As the designated MPO for the Hampton Roads region, HRTPO is responsible for a metropolitan transportation planning and programming process that is continuous, cooperative, and comprehensive.

Maritime/Ship Building

Virginia Ship Repair Association

The Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) is a regional trade association representing companies engaged in, or supporting, the ship repair industry in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region. Its mission is to focus and coordinate member resources on issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the ship repair industry in Virginia and across the nation.

Virginia Maritime Association

The Virginia Maritime Association (VMA) was organized in 1920 to promote, protect and encourage international and domestic commerce through Virginia’s Ports. With a membership of over 450 companies, employing over 70,000 Virginians, the Virginia Maritime Association is widely recognized as “The Voice of Port Industries,” the premier business organization to enhance competitiveness and promote commerce through Virginia’s ports.