2014 Community Profile Has Everything You Want to Know About Virginia Beach

Thursday, January 16, 2014

​The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development, in partnership with Inside Business, has published the 2014 Virginia Beach Community Profile. The 56-page color publication provides an overview of the city and everything you need to know to live or do business in Virginia Beach.


In addition to demographics and statistics, the Profile includes a list of major employers, tax rates, licensing, utility providers, incentives and a host of resources available for businesses of all sizes. Additionally, the publication provides facts and figures on education, workforce, health care, key industries, retail and the military.


“We are particularly pleased with this year’s Profile and the robust information we can share with our residents and businesses,” said Warren D. Harris, director of Virginia Beach Economic Development. “The information is concise and should be a great resource for businesses considering a move to Virginia Beach, as well as the city’s existing business community. We are pleased to provide the report online at www.yesvirginiabeach.com or by calling our office at (757) 385-6464.”


The city’s accolades are also included in the Profile, such as being named the Second Most Business-Friendly City in America by CNNMoney.com and One of America’s Most Literate Cities by The Huffington Post. Spotlights on Virginia Beach businesses also convey the successes of local companies and nonprofit organizations.


The Profile will also be released in iBook format. The 2013 Community Profile iBook received the Gold Award from the International Economic Development Council for Excellence in Economic Development.


The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international businesses to stimulate capital investment and create jobs. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia with a population of 447,000, and it is the 37th largest in the United States. It is recognized as one of the Best Run Cities in America by 24/7 Wall St. The Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council in 2012 and is one of only 29 economic development organizations in the

world to have this recognition. Virginia Beach has been recognized as 7th in Leading the Country in a Manufacturing Revival by Forbes. It is listed among the Top Five Overall Mid-sized American Cities of the Future, Top 10 for Economic Potential and Top Five for Infrastructure by fDi Magazine. CNNMoney.com ranked Virginia Beach as the Easiest Place to Start a Business and the 2nd Most Business-Friendly City in the country. For more information, visit www.yesvirginiabeach.com.

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