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Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance3 weeks ago
Want to learn more about how your business can support the growing offshore wind industry in Virginia? Dominion Energy is hosting a supplier event on 2/28 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Local businesses can meet with major suppliers for the project and find out how they can support onshore/offshore construction.

Learn more & register here: www.coastalvawind.com/coastal-virginia-offshore-wind-supplier-event.aspx
Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance4 weeks ago
Last month, our investors attended a Virginia Governors Panel with three remarkable former Virginia governors: George Allen, Bob McDonnell, and Ralph Northam. They each spoke about their time as governor, discussing the impact of their initiatives on job creation and economic development. Check out this highlight reel. Thank you again to Amazon.com, our presenting sponsor, and to Old Dominion University for hosting our event.
Hampton Roads Alliance
The Hampton Roads Alliance hosted a bipartisan panel discussion with three remarkable former Virginia governors: George Allen, Bob McDonnell, and Ralph North...
Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance4 weeks ago
We’d love to extend heartfelt congratulations to the economic developers who have recently been promoted/hired:

Chuck Rigney, Director of Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development
Kristi Sutphin, Director of Isle of Wight County
Preston Wilhem Deputy Director of Chesapeake Economic Development
Beth Cook, Assistant Director of James City County

The dedication, expertise, and leadership of each individual have undoubtedly contributed to their well-deserved promotions. We look forward to the significant contributions each will make to the economic development of their respective communities.

Williamsburg, VA

The first municipality in Virginia, Williamsburg was founded in 1632, or more than 100 years before the country in which it now sits.  Known as Virginia’s colonial capital, the modern-day city of Williamsburg is a thriving community that attracts millions of tourists to explore its shops, amenities, and, of course, the world’s largest living history museum: Colonial Williamsburg.  The city is also home to William & Mary, a premier public ivy research university widely recognized for its exceptional academic reputation.

Industry Highlights

Written about in the pages of every American history book, Williamsburg is an international tourism destination; Colonial Williamsburg alone sells more than 500,000 tickets each year.  The reputation and academic excellence that William & Mary is known for also attracts businesses looking to recruit talented graduates in a variety of fields.

Quality of Life

Williamsburg is known as “the smallest city with the biggest international address.”  A recent survey found that 88% Williamsburg residents rated their overall quality of life as either good or excellent, and 90% regard the city as a good or excellent place to live.


Industry Employment Breakdown

Industry # of Employees % of Workforce
Accommodation and Food Services 2,581 20.3%
Health Care and Social Assistance 1,357 10.7%
Retail Trade 1,130 8.9%
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 1,054 8.3%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 634 5.0%
Source: EMSI    

Industry Employment Breakdown



Median Age


Labor Force


Unemployment Rate


Median Household Income


Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2021; Esri Business Analyst Online, 2024 Forecast; Esri Business Analyst Online 2021 Detailed Age Profile; Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), 2021 Forecast

Key Companies

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

William & Mary

National Center for State Courts


City of Williamsburg

City of Williamsburg Economic Development

Ms. Yuri Adams, Director
(P) 757-220-6104

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