York County





Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance6 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.

Read more: https://ow.ly/jZMJ50Rhcpx
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.
Hampton Roads Alliance

York County, VA

For more than 375 years families, businesses, and major attractions have selected York County as their location of choice.  Nestled between the York River, York County boasts an abundance of shopping, dining, and recreational destinations.  In addition, York County boasts one of the best public-school systems in Virginia and a highly-educated workforce. 

Industry Highlights

Located within 45 minutes of three international airports and the Port of Virginia, York County is ideally situated for industrial, distribution or corporate headquarters operations. While the County is a major tourist destination and home to facilities like Great Wolf Lodge, it is also home to major military and healthcare facilities.  The Economic Development Authority has reasonably priced, shovel-ready lots available in the York River Commerce Park and Busch Industrial Park.

Quality of Life

A low cost of living combined with a plethora of housing, shopping, dining, and entertainment options makes York County among the most desirable places to live in the mid-Atlantic. Located in Virginia's Historic Triangle with Jamestown and Williamsburg, York is home to major attractions including Great Wolf Lodge, Water Country USA, the Yorktown Victory Center, and the historic Yorktown Battlefields. 


Industry Employment Breakdown

Industry # of Employees % of Workforce
Retail Trade 3,765 15.5%
Accommodation and Food Services 2,875 11.8%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management / Remediation Services 1,745 7.2%
Construction 1,713 7.0%
Health Care and Social Assistance 1,538 6.3%
Source: EMSI    




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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

Naval Weapons Station / Cheatham Annex

United States Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown


Great Wolf Lodge


York County Economic Development & Tourism Development

Ms. Kristi Olsen, Director
(P) 757-890-3317

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