A Complete Guide to Economic Development Organizations in the Hampton Roads MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)


One of the biggest surprises to people is that Currituck County is part of the Hampton Roads MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area).

It's true. The U.S. Census Bureau defines the Virginia Beach–Norfolk–Newport News, VA–NC MSA as five counties and nine independent cities in Virginia, and two counties in North Carolina (Currituck and Gates).

Why is that fact so important? Because Currituck County’s connection to Hampton Roads makes us even more unique and exciting when it comes to attracting new businesses, jumpstarting new development and planning for future economic success.

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As part of the Hampton Roads MSA, Currituck County is a member of the 37th largest metropolitan statistical area in the nation (out of 382). A shared border with Virginia gives it direct access to resources and opportunities in the Hampton Roads region from rich arts and culture attractions to a highly skilled workforce and growing industry clusters.

But just as important is what Currituck County brings to the MSA table.

Since it's located in North Carolina, Currituck County reaps the benefits of a low corporate tax rate and nationally recognized pro-business environment. That makes it an attractive alternative for Hampton Roads businesses that are looking to grow, expand or relocate.

Currituck County also brings the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Banks, rich natural landscapes and the fastest-growing populations in the state. And thanks to a slate of big projects that are currently taking shape (including the Mid-Currituck Bridge and the Moyock Mega-Site), the county is setting the stage for record business growth in the next decade.

Learn more about how Currituck County Economic Development can help your business.

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“Regionalism” has been a buzzword in Hampton Roads for a long time and the debate still rages on about how (and if) each of the cities and counties should work together. But cooperation is vital if Hampton Roads is going to succeed. 

That's why it’s time to retire old arguments about proper names (Hampton Roads? Tidewater? Coastal Virginia?), bury the hatchets of past disagreements and take a fresh look at the region's combined assets and opportunities. 

For all sixteen of the cities and counties in the Hampton Roads MSA, success for one is success for all.

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Here’s a complete list of the other 15 economic development organizations in the Hampton Roads MSA.

No matter where you live or work in the Hampton Roads region, these are the people who are ready and willing to help you start, relocate or grow your business.


Gloucester County

Gloucester County Department of Economic Development
6467 Main Street
Gloucester, Virginia 23061
(804) 824-2448
Sherry Spring, Director


Isle of Wight County

Isle of Wight County Economic Development Department
17146 Monument Circle
Isle of Wight, Virginia 23397
(757) 356-1962
Thomas D. Elder, Jr., Director


James City County

James City County Office of Economic Development
101 Mounts Bay Road
Building D
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 253-6607


Mathews County

Mathews County Economic Development Authority
Liberty Square Government Complex
10644 Buckley Hall Road
Mathews, VA 23109
Richard Couch, Chair


Southampton County

Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc.
601 N. Mechanic Street, Suite 300
Franklin, Virginia 23851
(757) 562-1958


York County

York County Economic Development
224 Ballard Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
(757) 890-3317
James Noel, Director


City of Chesapeake

City of Chesapeake Economic Development Department
676 Independence Parkway, Suite 200
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
(757) 382-8040
Steven Wright, Director


City of Franklin

Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc.
601 North Mechanic Street
Franklin, Virginia 23851
(757) 516-7709
Amanda Jarratt, President & CEO


City of Hampton

City of Hampton Economic Development Department
1 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Hampton, Virginia 23669
(757) 727-6237
Leonard Sledge, Director


City of Newport News

City of Newport News Department of Development
2400 Washington Ave., 3rd Floor
Newport News, VA 23607
(757) 926-8428
Florence G. Kingston, Director


City of Norfolk

City of Norfolk Department of Development
500 East Main Street, Suite 1500
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 664-4763
Chuck Rigney, Director


City of Poquoson

City of Poquoson Department of Economic Development
830 Poquoson Ave
Poquoson, VA 23662
(757) 868-5314
Charity Gavaza, Economic Development Coordinator


City of Portsmouth

City of Portsmouth Department of Economic Development
801 Crawford St., 5th Floor
Portsmouth, VA 23704
(757) 393-8804
Mallory C. Butler, Director


City of Suffolk

City of Suffolk Department of Economic Development
P.O. Box 1858
Suffolk, VA 23434
(757) 514-4040
Kevin Hughes, Director


City of Virginia Beach

City of Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development
4525 Main Street, Suite 700
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 385-6464
Warren Harris, Director


City of Williamsburg

Williamsburg Economic Development
401 Lafayette Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 220-6120
Michele Mixner DeWitt, Director


Gates County (NC)

Gates County Website
200 Court Street
Gatesville, NC 27938
(252) 357-2411


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