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Virginia’s premier talent base makes for a world-class labor pool ready to meet business needs in all key employee profiles. Across industries, Virginia’s workforce is one of the most educated populations in the country – nearly 42% of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher, making the Commonwealth the eighth most educated state in the country (and first in the South).

Virginia continues to raise the bar when it comes to talent development. Programs such as the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program and the Tech Talent Investment Program make sure Virginians are prepared for the jobs of today and the future.

Greater Richmond is a vibrant and growing community with over 1.3 million people, gaining 26 net new people daily. Our stable and diverse economy includes 8 Fortune 500 headquarters, ranking 2nd for the total number of firms compared to our peer cities. And since Greater Richmond’s economy isn’t dependent on one or two industries, the region hasn’t been as affected by economic disruptions compared to peer cities.

The region’s low cost of business includes commercial electric rates that are 8 percent below the national average, with unionization and unemployment insurance among the lowest in the U.S. Virginia’s long-standing and affordable corporate tax rate of 6 percent hasn’t changed since 1972.

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GO Topeka creates county wide economic success for all companies and citizens through implementation of an aggressive economic development strategy that capitalizes on the unique strengths of the community.


For over 50 years, Business Facilities has established itself as a leading full-service media brand specializing in the site selection marketplace. Through a bi-monthly magazine, e-mail newsletters, a news portal, and its LiveXchange event, Business Facilities has created a dynamic community for C-level executives and economic development organizations. Each of the brand’s channels educates corporate executives on issues related to choosing the best location for their growing companies, giving Business Facilities tremendous reach into the site selection marketplace.

Since 1988 Facility Executive has established itself as a leading full-service media brand specializing in the facility management profession. Through our bi-monthly magazine, e-mail newsletters and website, Facility Executive has created a dynamic community for facility management professionals. Each of our brands educates facility professionals on the demands faced by facility managers and other professionals involved with commercial real estate management, design, and planning.

For over two decades, business continuity and operational resilience professionals have attended the Continuity Insights Management Conference for insight, inspiration, and actionable ideas presented by a faculty of leading business continuity experts and practitioners.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession. When we succeed, our members create more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the quality of life in their regions.

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