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Hampton Roads Alliance5 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.
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Southampton, VA

Southampton, located in the southwest of the Hampton Roads region, is home to an exceptional transportation corridor to the Port of Virginia, a Regional Workforce Development Center, a passion for start up business growth and an affordable quality of life. Founded in 1749, Southampton owes its rich economic heritage to agriculture and forestry. As the County’s economy expands and diversifies, it’s strong work-ethic and progressive stance towards economic development will propel them into a bright future with business and industry.

Industry Highlights

Land is Southampton County’s most plentiful and important resource, as agriculture and farming are a dominant industry. Southampton currently holds the title for Virginia’s leading county in both cotton and peanut production. In total, the County boasts over 600 square miles of land assets.

There are two publicly owned business parks within the County; The Southampton Business Park and Southampton Commerce and Logistics Center. The Business Park is located directly off Highway 58 and is zoned M-1 Light Industrial. The park has water, sewer and natural gas on site. The Commerce and Logistics Center, is zoned M-2 Heavy Industrial with water, sewer, and natural gas as well, in addition to rail access.

Quality of Life

In Southampton County, you can enjoy a community where small town amenities abound, including Camp Community College, Southampton Memorial Hospital, Cypress Cove Country Club, Blackwater Regional Library and James L. Camp YMCA as well as public parks, and the scenic Nottoway river.

Data

Industry Employment Breakdown

Industry # of Employees % of Workforce
Manufacturing 3,386 51.34%
Health Care and Social Assistance 703 10.66%
Transportation and Warehousing 604 9.16%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 533 8.08%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 361 5.47%

Source: EMSI

Demographics

Population
17,467
Median Age
46.4
Labor Force
9,186
Unemployment Rate
2.6%
Median Household Income
$57,491
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Esri Business Analyst Online

Key Companies

Birdsong Peanuts

Enviva

Hampton Farms

Paul D. Camp Community College

Southampton Memorial Hospital

Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc.

Mr. Karl T. Heck, President and CEO
(P) 757-516-7709
kheck@franklinsouthamptonva.com
www.fsediva.com

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