Regional Highlight


Virginia’s Growth Alliance (VGA) is strategically located midway between Richmond, Virginia, and Raleigh, North Carolina, and includes the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward and the City of Emporia. From Microsoft and HP to Georgia-Pacific and Amcor, the region is home to an array of world-class companies, which benefit from the area’s skilled workforce, low cost of living, fast fiber broadband and convenient transportation network.

The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) set out to grow and diversify the economy of Virginia’s e-Region after being created by the General Assembly in 1988. At that time, coal served as the backbone of their seven counties—Lee, Wise, Scott, Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell and Dickenson—and the City of Norton. But in recent years, the coal mining and energy industries have struggled in southwestern Virginia, spurring a need for companies to find alternate ways to develop their revenue streams.

The Virginia Gateway Region (VGR) consists of eight highly diverse communities, including the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, and counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry and Sussex. The area is home to a wide range of employers, from a major Army training center to advanced materials producers, food producers, national distributors and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

The Greater Richmond region is a dynamic hub of national and international businesses covering the city of Richmond and Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico Counties. The area is home to the corporate headquarters of 10 Fortune 1000 companies and represents a broad range of industries from biotech to finance to advanced manufacturing.