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Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance2 days ago
Today is World Tourism Day! 🌎 Tourism is a huge economic driver for Hampton Roads. From the beautiful, sandy shores of Virginia Beach to the centuries of culture that define the Historical Triangle, Hampton Roads is a great place to explore, and there are countless ways to appreciate the beauty of the region. Today, we thank everyone who plays a part in improving our region's quality of life, allowing the tourism industry to flourish. What is your favorite local attraction or site to visit? Tell us in the comments below!
Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance4 days ago
Governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin announced today that Alliance Investor Amazon.com will build two world-class facilities and create more than 1,000 new jobs in the City of Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach City Government)! Alliance President and CEO Douglas L. Smith stated “In the past few years, Amazon has truly embraced the Hampton Roads community, opening facilities in multiple locations and quickly becoming one of the region’s major employers. Today’s announcement marks yet another milestone in Amazon’s investment in and dedication to Hampton Roads. The Alliance congratulates Amazon, along with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development on their continued success and thanks them for their commitment to growing the Hampton Roads economy.” Learn more: https://www.vedp.org/press-release/2023-09/amazon-virginiabeach
Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance1 week ago
Hampton Roads Workforce Council hosted their exciting Workforce Innovation Awards last evening at Rivers Casino Portsmouth! 👏 Congratulations to all the winners including Michael Paris, Bureau Manager for Norfolk Economic Development, for being named 2023 Workforce Champion of the Year!

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



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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, Acting Director
(P) 757-220-6104

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