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Virginia delivers on the rhetoric. Located adjacent to Washington D.C., Virginia is strategically located on the U.S. East Coast. Fifty-six percent of all U.S. consumers live within 1,200 km (745 mi) of Virginia. Virginia’s Washington Dulles International Airport serves 80+ U.S. cities and 40 non-stop destinations worldwide and is the 6th busiest U.S. airport for international travel.

  • Virginia is a right to work state, which eliminates a company’s requirement for a unionized work force. This assists manufacturers in keeping labor costs competitive.
  • 14 Commercial airports serve Virginia, including two of the nation’s busiest: Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National.
  • 14 railroads operate on more than 5,470 km (3,400 mi) of railway in Virginia, including 4,987 km (3100 mi) of Class l rail lines.
  • The Port of Virginia offers world-class shipping facilities and a schedule of approximately 3,000 sailings annually to 250 ports in 100 foreign countries.
  • Virginia’s highway system features more than 112,630 km (70,000 mi) of interstate, primary and secondary roads.
  • Discover why Virginia’s premier talent base, vibrant quality of life, strategic East Coast location, and highly ranked business climate make the Commonwealth the best choice for your business location.
  • See why advanced agribusinesses often choose Virginia.

Each state has a different tax strategy. It’s important to look at how each state’s complete tax, fee, and license structure affects your business to ensure that you have a complete picture!


Deciding to join us in the commonwealth is the easy part! The Governor’s Office and the Department of Commerce and Trade are here to assist you from pro-industry policy to your individual site-selection needs.

Coming to Virginia

Whether you are moving or expanding to the commonwealth, these steps will help you get up and running quickly. (Be sure to check the workforce section for any employees who will be permanently moving to Virginia.)

Workforce Issues

Moving between states has little impact on your federal filings. However, at the state level, you are effectively starting a new employee/employer relationship for the purpose of state regulations. Keep in mind both employees that will be moving and new hires within Virginia.

I am in another country.

In Virginia, you will find a business-friendly environment. More than 550 internationally owned companies are located here, and the international base continues to grow. International companies will find easy access to the U.S. market with 47% of the U.S. population located within a one-day drive of Virginia. The Commonwealth’s strong transportation infrastructure ensures optimal access to major east/west and north/south interstate highways and rail lines, regional and international airports, and seaports.

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