Location and Infrastructure Advantages
Central, Easily-Accessible Location
Virginia’s central location on the U.S. East Coast provides an ideal advantage. Businesses benefit from their proximity to major business, financial, and governmental hubs, and availability to global markets.
- Virginia is located approximately halfway between Maine and Florida, adjacent to Washington, D.C. and within 300 miles of New York City.
- Approximately 40% of the U.S. population falls within a one-day (10 hour) drive.
World-Class Transportation Infrastructure
The Commonwealth’s modern transportation infrastructure ensures optimal access to major east/west and north/south highways, local and international airports, seaports, rail lines, and shipping channels.
- Virginia maintains the third largest state-maintained transportation network including the major Interstate routes of I-95, I-81, I-64, I-85, I-77, and I-66.
- Fourteen commercial airports serve Virginia, including Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports, with non-stop commercial airline service to 158 destinations worldwide.
- Fourteen railroads operate on more than 3,500 miles of track. Two of the nation’s largest railroads, CSX Corporation and Norfolk Southern Corporation, are located here. Commuter rails near the larger cities allow workers to traverse efficiently.
- Seaports include Norfolk International Terminals, Newport News Marine Terminal, the Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal, the Port of Richmond, and the Port of Virginia that offers one of the largest intermodal networks on the U.S. East Coast and a naturally deep harbor devoid of overhead obstructions.
- Phase I of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project (also known as the Silver Line) will be completed in 2013 with four stops in Tyson’s Corner. The balance of the 23-mile, $6.8 billion project is scheduled to be completed in 2016, ending west of Dulles International Airport in Loudoun County.
Virginia offers excellent power, water, telecommunications and other infrastructure resources necessary for success in today’s global marketplace, and maintains a stable energy resource pool to serve present and future residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation needs.
- Virginia offers a robust telecommunications network. It is one of the most connected states in the county, with 4.52 million end-user switched access lines and VoIP subscriptions, 6.85 million wireless subscribers and over 289 million high-speed connections.
- Virginia is one of the most connected states in the nation with access to a robust fiber network that matches or exceeds virtually every domestic market and most major financial centers around the world. The Commonwealth hosts prominent commercial internet exchange points, and 70 percent of the world’s internet traffic passes through the Metropolitan Area Exchange East located in Ashburn, Virginia. The Richmond area has been connected to Ashburn with “dark fiber” opening opportunities along the I-95 corridor. In Southern and Southwest Virginia, the benefits of a 1,500+ mile advanced fiber-optic broadband network connects more than 100 certified GigaParks.
- Virginia also has the infrastructure to support multinational business, as evidenced by $18.2 billion in Virginia exports in 2012. There are six foreign trade zones designed to encourage business to participate in international trade.
Virginia's Central East Coast Location—Access to Markets