Founded: 1682

Incorporated: 1736

Population: 246,392

One of America’s first cities, Norfolk has a history of embracing all that encompasses the life of a city by the sea – from shipping commerce, to being the proud home of Naval Station Norfolk, to tourism, to being a convention stop, and a cruise ship destination.

Norfolk is always at the forefront of re-invention. Downtown Norfolk has distinctive office towers, and wondrous residential buildings – both in its restored historic Freemason District, as well as throughout its urban downtown core. This vibrancy led to the construction of a new Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, and the restoration of a landmark entertainment facility, Waterside.

The shipyard repair facilities, and the major shipping lines are a mainstay for Norfolk’s economy. As the economy continues to diversify away from direct federal spending; Norfolk has an exemplary workforce, and embraces new firms to join our business family. The city maintains Enterprise Zones and Federal HUB Zones, and assists with incentives, such as New Market Tax Credits, and Performance-Based Grants.

As home to the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk is more than a home to technology and the maritime industry. The Virginia Symphony and the Virginia Opera, and the Virginia Stage Company are also based in Norfolk.

From the defense industry to art, Norfolk offers a veritable palate of potential business opportunities.

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