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Greater Williamsburg Key Industries

The Greater Williamsburg region hosts a diverse cross-section of industries. To our traditional strengths in military, technology, logistics and tourism, we have added a growing advanced manufacturing, data analysis and food and  beverage industries that are poised for expansion. 


The Greater Williamsburg region is in close proximity to the Hampton Roads military cluster. Close to 100,000 men and women in uniform and an additional 10,000 civilians are based at Hampton Roads area military installations, and the Greater Williamsburg region is uniquely positioned to welcome businesses that support and contract to the military and government. Nearby facilities include: Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Camp Peary, the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Naval Station Norfolk and the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.


Some of the country’s most advanced research and development facilities are located in the Greater Williamsburg region and innovative work is done here by both private and public entities on a daily basis. Nearby facilities include the NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and more. 


With its unparalleled access and strategic transportation assets, the Greater Williamsburg region is a natural choice for businesses in the logistics industry. These assets provide seamless access to major MSAs, including Norfolk, Richmond, Washington, D.C., Raleigh, Charlotte, Charleston, Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and beyond by road, rail, air and sea. For more information, see our transportation and infrastructure page. 


Home to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and more, the Greater Williamsburg region is a well-known destination. The region is uniquely positioned to offer business advantages for tourism-related businesses. From day-trippers to multi-day vacationers, we attract a diverse tourism demographic. Our communities have positioned themselves to capitalize on this strength by establishing Tourism Zones, which allows our communities to support existing and encourage new tourism-related businesses. 

Advanced Manufacturing

Bolstered by the region’s strategic location and unique access to government and military assets and R&D facilities, the Greater Williamsburg region is home to a growing advanced manufacturing industry. These advantages, combined with our region’s excellent workforce development and training programs, make the Greater Williamsburg region a great place for advanced manufacturing businesses to grow and thrive.

Data Analysis

The region supports a growing data analysis industry that develops capabilities to inspect, transform, and model data to discover useful information, suggest conclusions, and support decision-making for a wide variety of purposes, including policy formation and worldwide development assistance.  AidData is a thriving 70-person “think-and-do tank” that connects those who decide policy with those who study it and those who are affected by it.

Food & Beverage

While the region’s logistical assets have traditionally made the area a strategic home to big-name food and beverage businesses, including Anheuser-Busch, Smithfield Specialty Foods, and La Tienda Spanish food importer, Greater Williamsburg is increasingly welcoming craft food and beverage businesses into the community. Our growing craft beer and distilling industry includes the award-winning AleWerks Brewing Company. The Greater Williamsburg community is poised to welcome food and beverage businesses both large and small.