Successful economic development organizations, like all successful businesses, must think like their customers as well as respond to the critical needs and requirements of those same customers. The Greater Williamsburg Partnership is a dynamic public and private collaborative organization. The mix of public and private members allow us to “think” like a business but “act” to bring assets related to sites, buildings, workforce, demographics, livability and much more to those companies seeking to locate a new facility.
Mission: The mission of the Greater Williamsburg Partnership (GWP) is to market the GWP region, to foster job creation, to facilitate new investment, to diversify our economy and to nurture and improve quality of life in our region.
Formed June 2016 as 501c (6)
Board: Consists of 19 members representing:
- Private Sector – 3
- Local Elected Officials – 3
- Local Chief Administrative Officers – 3
- Local Economic Developers – 3
- William and Mary – 1
- Local Economic Development Authorities – 6
Greater Williamsburg, consisting of the City of Williamsburg and the counties of James City and York, exudes unique character in an historic, attractive, and business-friendly environment. The area’s civilian labor force numbers over 153,000, while access to major metropolitan areas in Hampton Roads and Richmond expands the workforce to 1.3 million within commuting distance.
- Adjacent to I-64 and U.S. Route 60, Greater Williamsburg easily connects with Richmond and Norfolk.
- Nearby I-95 and I-85 connect the region to major metro markets.
- Freight rail service is provided by CSX Transportation, offering a wide range of reliable and efficient shipping options.
- Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak, with trains departing from Williamsburg.
- The Port of Virginia, offering the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast, is located 37 miles southeast.
- Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport provides commercial air service, offering flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, and Philadelphia.
- For a broader range of destinations, Norfolk International Airport and Richmond International Airport are easily accessed via I-64.
With a temperate climate, low crime rate, top-rated public-school system, access to reliable health care, and moderate cost of living – all within a semi-rural environment – the Greater Williamsburg region offers its residents exceptional quality of life at an affordable cost. With its host of attractions and amenities, outdoor recreation, restaurants, nightlife, and abundant housing, Greater Williamsburg is an ideal place to work and live.