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.
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.
“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.
Gloucester County Department of Economic Development
6467 Main Street
Gloucester, Virginia 23061
Sherry Spring, Director
Isle of Wight County Economic Development Department
17146 Monument Circle
Isle of Wight, Virginia 23397
Thomas D. Elder, Jr., Director
James City County Office of Economic Development
101 Mounts Bay Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Mathews County Economic Development Authority
Liberty Square Government Complex
10644 Buckley Hall Road
Mathews, VA 23109
Richard Couch, Chair
Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc.
601 N. Mechanic Street, Suite 300
Franklin, Virginia 23851
City of Chesapeake Economic Development Department
676 Independence Parkway, Suite 200
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
Steven Wright, Director
City of Poquoson Department of Economic Development
830 Poquoson Ave
Poquoson, VA 23662
Charity Gavaza, Economic Development Coordinator
City of Portsmouth Department of Economic Development
801 Crawford St., 5th Floor
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Mallory C. Butler, Director
City of Suffolk Department of Economic Development
P.O. Box 1858
Suffolk, VA 23434
Kevin Hughes, Director
City of Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development
4525 Main Street, Suite 700
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Warren Harris, Director
Gates County Website
200 Court Street
Gatesville, NC 27938