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.
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 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.
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.
The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce (VPCC) serves the Cities of Newport News, Hampton and Poquoson; and James City County and York County. VPCC is a voluntary membership association that "Connects Business with Opportunity" through Facilitation, Advocacy, Communication and Education.
The Hampton Roads Workforce Council is responsible for developing workforce policy and administering workforce development initiatives in Virginia's Workforce Investment Area 16, which includes these localities: Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.
The Greater Peninsula Workforce Board is a group of community leaders appointed by local elected officials and tasked with planning and oversight responsibilities for workforce development programs and services within the seven localities that comprise the Virginia Career Works – Greater Peninsula Region.
Reinvent Hampton Roads is an outgrowth of a community leadership initiative of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation launched in 2012 focusing on regional economic competitiveness. The strategic focus of Reinvent is creating more and higher paying jobs, building a culture where entrepreneurship can thrive and diversifying the economy.
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.
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.
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.
Comprised of locally elected officials, HRTAC is responsible for determining how new regional money, approximately $200 million annually, will be invested in transportation projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.