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Talent in the Hampton Roads Region

For many employers, a capable and talented workforce is the most vital component of their company’ success. Hampton Roads, with a workforce of approximately 850,000, has a talent pipeline like very few other regions in America. The existing labor force is consistently enhanced by graduates from our region’s many colleges and universities as well as military personnel exiting the service and entering the private sector. In fact, more than 15,000 men and women exit the military in Hampton Roads on an annual basis, more than half of whom remain in the region. 18,000 individuals also graduate from Hampton Roads universities on an annual basis. These groups supplement an already highly trained workforce that can meet the needs of virtually any employer.
Military

14,000+ ex-military members join the civilian labor pool each year

Talented

43% of the population has an associates's degree or higher

Young

Hampton Roads has among the highest % of millennials in the United States

Demographics

The total population in the Hampton Roads region is 1.75 million people, with a labor force of over 850,000. Over the past decade, there has been an increase in population size at 3.1%. The median age of the workforce is 36 years old, with 50% of individuals between the ages of 18 and 55.

Through a combination of career opportunities and high quality of life, the region holds a substantial amount of youthful talent. Not only are we able to curb the drain of local talent, we’ve also been actively attracting outsiders as well. The city of Norfolk was named number #5 city for net millennial migration in the United States in 2019 in a report produced by SmartAssest.

Military

The region takes its name from the central water body, the Hampton Roads, that ties our communities together. From our ports and naval ships, to our rivers, beaches and thousands of miles of coastline, water is the lifeblood of our community. Just as the roadstead or “roads”  has long served as a safe and protected anchorage for ships, Hampton Roads, as a region, provides a secure location for your business to grow.

Centrally located on the East Coast of the U.S., Hampton Roads has proven to be a premier location for the following industries as demonstrated by the companies that have already established a home here:

Education

Hampton Roads has numerous post secondary institutions, including 12 universities and colleges and 21 trade and technical schools. For an in-depth overview of these organizations, click here.

Education Level Hampton Roads USA
At least a high-school diploma 92.1% 88.3%
Some college 24.7% 20.3%
Associates Degree 9.6% 8.6%
Bachelor's Degree 20.3% 20.0%
Graduate or Prefessional Degree 12.8% 12.6%

Workforce Development Programs

Hampton Roads has numerous post secondary institutions, including 12 universities and colleges and 21 trade and technical schools. For an in-depth overview of these organizations, click here.

Development Boards


Hampton Roads Workforce Council

A development board representing the communities on the Southside of Hampton Roads. They offer testing services designed to effectively screen applicants, job specific training programs, and valuable connections to help employers hire existing military personnel.

Greater Peninsula Workforce Council

A workforce development board representing the communities on Hampton Roads Peninsula. They offer information about the local workforce and career as well as postsecondary educational opportunities. They also work with local employers to find well-qualified employees.

Educational Institutions


Old Dominion University

ODU offers training courses in Oracle, professional development, executive development, and negotiations. This university frequently collaborates with companies to develop customized training.

Thomas Nelson Community College

Apart from offering a variety of associate degrees and certificate programs, TNCC creates customized courses and training certifications.

Tidewater Community College

TCC’s Center for Workforce Solutions provides dynamic, state-of-the-art education, training and services that respond to soft skills or industry credential needs of each unique employer. Their industry subject matter experts will collaborate with you to determine learning outcomes and design a just-in-time training solution.

Paul D Camp Community College

The Division of Workforce Development at PDCC provides a variety of training and educational options to meet the needs of new and existing business through services such as Job Candidate Assessment, Consulting Services and customized training.

Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center

This center is a collaborative initiative between two prominent Virginia Universities: University of Virginia and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Together, they operate a shared education center which offers a series of human development workshops designed to enhance a full range of soft skill development. They work with organizations to develop courses based on specific needs.
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