Working Towards a
Vibrant Economy

The world’s economy is changing, and we want the Hampton Roads region of Virginia to excel in:

  • creating great jobs
  • helping businesses and entrepreneurs thrive
  • diversifying our economy

Reinvent Hampton Roads is a community leadership initiative focused on generating high-paying, satisfying jobs to underpin a vibrant economy.

To get started we recruited some of our region’s brightest minds to analyze, explore and prioritize what will make this a region of great opportunities. This inspired new collaborative efforts in our region and led to ideas for game-changing activities.

Now in 2016 Reivent Hampton Roads is becoming an independent organization focused on improving the region's economic performance and profile. Learn more

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Our Challenges

Job numbers show, when it came to growing jobs between 2010 and 2013, Hampton Roads came in last out of 35 regions with similar population. Our region is growing jobs at a rate 1/4 the national average.                                                                                                                                 --Bureau of Economic Analysis


Despite being a proud military community, Norfolk is ranked the 15th worst city for veterans.

--WalletHub study, November 2015
The Virginian-Pilot

The growth rate for the economy in Hampton Roads, is below both the national growth rate and that of Virginia. And, the size of our labor force has declined.

--Dr. James Koch, October 2015
State of the Region Report for Hampton Roads

Most new jobs added to Hampton Roads in the next decade are likely to be lower-paying jobs in sales or food service or retail cashier jobs.

                                                                                                                             --Opportunity Inc., December 2014
                                                                                              Occupational Demand Study and Daily Press Article

Between May 2013 and May 2014 Hampton Roads and Detroit were the only two of the 38 largest nonfarm employment markets in the U.S. to see a decline in jobs. Hampton Roads registered a 0.2 percent drop in employment.

                                                                                                                --U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2014
                                                                                                                                        The Virginian-Pilot article

Our Challenges


News & Updates



- Hampton Roads Economic Call to Action Presentation: The phenomenal success of the Hampton Roads Economic Call to Action event is a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication to expand the economic diversity and strength of the Hampton Roads economy. Reinvent Hampton Roads appreciates everyone’s time, energy and enthusiastic support. We would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt “Thank You!” to all the attendees. We look forward to working with you again soon.  You can view the presentation here.

- REPORT: Growing and Diversifying the Economic Base of Hampton Roads. Learn more.

- REPORT: The Hampton Roads Industry Cluster Mapping Project. Learn more.

- REPORT: The Action Plan for Future Economic Growth in the Hampton Roads Region. Learn more.

- Julia Rust: Millennials see no borders. Learn more.

- Bipartisan economic development initiative sails toward General Assembly passage.Learn more.

- Port had an $88.4 billion impact in fiscal year 2013.Learn more.

- The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance hosted its Annual Meeting & Investor Reception on January 28, 2016 in Norfolk. Jim Spore,  President and CEO of Reinvent Hampton Roads, was among the speakers. Here is a link to his presentation.

- Hampton Roads to get more than $120 million to combat future flooding. Learn More

- Job Growth: The Future of Hampton Roads.Learn More.

- $40 million boost for economy proposed by va. power brokers Learn more.

- A January 3, 2016 op-ed piece in the Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot by Jim Oliver of the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement highlighted opportunities to work as a region. Learn more.

- Long-time Virginia Beach City Manager James K.Spore is the first president and CEO of Reinvent Hampton Roads. He started in his new position on January 4, 2016. Learn more

- StartWheel, a comprehensive resource for Hampton Roads entrepreneurs recently launched. Learn more

- Five Hampton Roads companies are the first graduates of Norfolk's new 10-week ExporTech program designed to foster international growth strategies. Learn more

--The Economic Development Studio @ Virginia Tech is focusing on ideas for creating innovation districts in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia. Learn more