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.

In 2016 Reinvent Hampton Roads became 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

GO Virginia Hampton Roads Regional Council Board and Execuitve Committee Meeting Announced: The GO Virginia Hampton Roads Regional Council Board and Executive Committee will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.  The Executive Committee will meet from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the office Reinvent Hampton Roads (101 W. Main Street, Ste. 415, Norfolk, VA 23510). The Regional Council Board will meet from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the new Hilton hotel The MAIN (100 E Main St, Norfolk, VA 23510). Conference room “Granby A/B” located on the 3rd floor of the hotel. Parking is available at the Town Point parking garage located on Main Street. The meeting agenda will be sent out at a later date. Please contact Tiffany Brannon at to RSVP. 

- Notice of Invitation for GO Virginia Hampton Roads Regional Council Five 's Regional Growth and Economic Diversification Plan: Request for proposals for professional consulting services to prepare an Economic Growth and Diversification Plan for GO Virginia Region 5 (Hampton Roads, Virginia). Reinvent Hampton Roads, on behalf of the GO Virginia Regional Council, is requesting sealed proposals to establish a contract through competitive negotiation with a qualified source(s) to provide professional consulting services. The RFP with a complete set of specs and offeror qualifications can be viewed at: . The primary contact is Donna Morris (757)961-8181, .  The full RFP can be found here.

- GO Virginia Hampton Roads Regional Council Executive Committee Meeting Announced: The GO Virginia Hampton Roads Regional Council Executive Committee will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation located at 101 West Main Street, Suite 4500 in Norfolk.  Please contact Tiffany Brannon at to RSVP.  The meeting agenda can be found here.

- First GO Virginia Hampton Roads Regional Council Meeting Announced: The first meeting of the GO Virginia Hampton Roads Regional Council is April 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. to noon at  The Port of Virginia boardroom, 101 West Main Street, Suite 600 in Norfolk.  Please contact Tiffany Brannon at to RSVP. Visitors must sign-in at reception.  The meeting agenda can be found here.

- State GO Virginia Board Names Regional Council:  GO Virginia, the state’s new economic development program to boost regional cooperation by dangling taxpayer grants for job creation, has its regional boards in place. The State GO Virginia Board certified the Region 5 Council, which will include South Hampton Roads, including the cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Portsmouth, as well as the Eastern Shore and Peninsula.  Each region is eligible for up to $650,000 in state funding to review challenges in their region and to prioritize next steps. Learn more.

- 4th Annual Jacobs Technology Days in conjunction with the Hampton Roads Unmanned Systems Opportunity Exchange: Come out to the Hampton Roads Convention Center on April 20th & 21st, 2017 for an event focused specifically on efforts to advance unmanned systems capabilities, technology commercialization, and regional economic growth.  This event is free and open to the public. It will feature unmanned systems panel discussions with a wide range of both research & development and technology affiliated organizations; exhibits from local and regional companies; and exceptional keynote speakers!  Learn more.

- 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