Hampton has a unique and diversified mix of growing and established business clusters strategically located for success. Anchored by aerospace and defense facilities, major medical centers and higher education institutions, Hampton offers access to a highly educated workforce.
The city a natural choice for established businesses, business start-ups and entrepreneurs Businesses locate in Hampton due to its central east coast location, favorable climate, competitive incentives, state-of-the-art business parks and easy access to an integrated transportation network.
Interstates 64 and 664 converge in Hampton, providing excellent access to two international airports and Interstates 95 and 85. The city’s location also offers easy access to the Port of Hampton Road and allows businesses to reach customers worldwide. Hampton is in within 700 miles of 60% of the U.S. population. Hampton is home to technological innovation: NASA Langley Research Center began in Hampton and continues to support NASA space programs .The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) also started in Hampton. NIA is a world-class research and educational institute created to do advanced aerospace and atmospheric research and develop new technologies.
Workforce development and entrepreneurship and two major initiatives Major private employers with offices in Hampton include: Arconic, a manufacturer of castings for Aerospace and Industrial Gas Turbine applications; IBEX Global Customer Solutions a professional services company; Huntington Ingalls Industries, America's largest military shipbuilding company and provider of professional services to partners in government and industry; and regional healthcare providers such as Sentara Healthcare and Riverside Health System.
Destination retail and entertainment is multi-million dollar industry in Hampton. The unique entertainment offerings and diversity of retailers that have chosen to locate in Hampton solidify the city’s reputation as a regional retail hub and visitor destination. Hampton’s retail market is growing in large part because of the city’s economic development initiatives supporting the development of new mixed-use, retail, entertainment, high-density higher-value housing and tourism projects.
Rich in history with small-town charm, Hampton has been recognized by Money magazine as one of the best places to live. Hampton recently ranked #8 on a national list of most affordable waterfront communities. Hampton is also recognized a national model for youth development and civic engagement.
Combine Hampton’s location, abundant waterfront, thriving business clusters, successful retail developments, and it’s easy to see why so many companies are choosing Hampton.