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Virginia Beach is gaining quite a reputation as a great city for business. In addition to the incredible lifestyle expected from one of America's favorite vacation destinations, Virginia Beach also boasts a skilled, educated workforce, strategic location, low tax rates, and a dynamic, diverse economy; STIHL Inc., Amerigroup, and Lifenet located their U.S. headquarters in Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach’s proximity to the world’s largest naval base and Pentagon – makes it an excellent candidate for companies associated with the Department of Defense or Homeland Security contract firms.
Low tax rates and water-oriented lifestyle are also attractive to employees of engineering and management firms, business or professional service companies, corporate regional offices, information management centers, computer and data-processing services – or just about any company that wants to attract people who enjoy living as much as they enjoy working.

Virginia Beach has a variety of office, industrial, and commercial property encompassing almost 35 million square feet of total enclosed space. Affordable office park space and existing buildings are available to house sub-sets of those industries.  A diversified economy based on a blend of professional office manufacturers and advanced technologies helps keep Virginia Beach a recognized international business location.

The Virginia Beach MSA is home to 12 major military installations representing all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the world’s largest naval base and the home of the Atlantic Fleet. The bases located in Virginia Beach are Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dam Neck, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek and Fort Story. These bases employ more than 32,000 military and civilian employees with a combined annual payroll of more than $1.8 billion.

Norfolk International Airport is a modern facility averaging nearly 180 commercial flight arrivals and departures daily, to more than 23 airports, 16 of which are international gateways. Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport offers additional airline service in the area with service by AirTran, Delta, Frontier and U.S. Airways.  Direct flights are offered to Atlanta, Boston, Denver and other cities.  The Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport is less than 50 minutes from Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach is linked to the national markets by one of the country’s most modern interstate and highway systems. I-64, Hampton Roads’ major east/west route, borders the area. Due west are the north/south interstates I-95 and I-85. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel connects Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and cuts driving distance to the northeast corridor by 90 miles.