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Why Virginia's Growth Alliance?









Easy access to everywhere!

With our central position along the US eastern seaboard, 2 international airports just 1 hour away, the Port of Virginia just 2 hours away, and 2 interstates and multiple 4-lane highways running through VGA, you can easily get to and from anywhere in the US and the world.

Innovative Workforce Training

You need people who can do the job. Our many training programs were developed in conjunction with employers, to specifically meet today's workforce requirements.

Mid-Atlantic's Only Certified Megasite

With I-95 frontage, CSX main line rail access and a direct route to Virginia ports, MAMaC Megasite boasts easy access to both national and international markets via road, rail, and sea.

Something for everyone

We're home to Virginia's largest lake, are 1/2 way between the beach and the mountains, and only an hour from the Richmond and Raleigh/Durham (NC) metro areas. Whatever your interests, you're sure to find them.

Miles of Rail Track


International Airports within 1 hour


Acres in the Mid-Atlantic's only Certified Megasite


Square Mile FAA-certified UAS Testing Environment

Announcing the Virginia Velocity Tour!

Announcing the Virginia Velocity Tour!

Innovative early-stage Virginia startups can apply by 8/18 to take part in the Virginia Velocity Tour, a multi-city bus tour of entrepreneurship in Virginia. Selected entrepreneurs will share meals with investors, customers and mentors in their industry, and take part in a $25,000 pitch competition. Applications are due August 18.

The Virginia Velocity Tour is part of Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity business plan competition, which launched last year to spur entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth. From September 19-23, the tour bus will travel to five regions across Virginia (Roanoke, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, and Charlottesville) and hold a day of events to celebrate the region’s startup ecosystem, focused around a certain industry theme. Each day will feature events with local leaders and investors, a “startup crawl” of local incubators and businesses, and culminate in a public pitch competition with a $25,000 equity-free grant prize.

The tour is recruiting entrepreneurs to participate, and the application deadline is August 18. Although the bus is stopping in five regions, Virginia Velocity is recruiting from every part of Virginia – the team will invite entrepreneurs to join them for a particular day depending on their industry (for instance, the Hampton Roads pitch competition will feature entrepreneurs from across the Commonwealth who work in Health/Biotech).

About the requirements:

The tour is recruiting early-stage entrepreneurs that have raised less than $500,000.
Applicants must be incorporated in Virginia or have an office in the Commonwealth, and must have been engaged in business for at least six months.
There is no cost to apply.

If you know a venture that may be a fit, please help spread the word and promote the application to your networks.

Learn more here: virginiavelocitytour.org

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