Industry Sectors

Major and Expanding industries in the Williamsburg area

The Greater Williamsburg region hosts a diverse cross-section of industries. To our traditional strengths in military, technology, logistics and tourism, we have added a growing advanced manufacturing, data analysis and food and beverage industries that are poised for expansion. A nine (9) page report, “Executive Summary: Greater Williamsburg Target Sector Analysis” is available here.

Advanced Materials and Components

Bolstered by the region’s strategic location and unique access to government and military assets and R&D facilities, the Greater Williamsburg region is home to a growing advanced manufacturing industry. These advantages, combined with our region’s excellent workforce development and training programs, make the Greater Williamsburg region a great place for advanced manufacturing businesses to grow and thrive.


The Greater Williamsburg region is in close proximity to the Hampton Roads military cluster. Close to 100,000 men and women in uniform and an additional 10,000 civilians are based at Hampton Roads area military installations, and the Greater Williamsburg region is uniquely positioned to welcome businesses that support and contract to the military and government. Nearby facilities include: Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Camp Peary, the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Naval Station Norfolk and the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

Professional and Technical Service

Some of the country’s most advanced research and development facilities are located in the Greater Williamsburg region and innovative work is done here by both private and public entities on a daily basis. Nearby facilities include the NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and more.

With its unparalleled access and strategic transportation assets, the Greater Williamsburg region is a natural choice for businesses in the logistics industry.

Food and Beverage

The Greater Williamsburg region is the perfect East Coast/U.S. location for Food and Beverage production companies and those companies that support them with goods, services and supplies. Whether producing at an “industrial” level or in smaller quantities you will find a productive, supportive and affordable location for establishing and growing your business.

While the region’s logistical assets have traditionally made the area a strategic home to big-name food and beverage businesses, including Anheuser-Busch, Smithfield Specialty Foods, and La Tienda Spanish food importer, Greater Williamsburg is increasingly welcoming craft food and beverage businesses into the community. The Greater Williamsburg community is poised to welcome food and beverage businesses both large and small.


Home to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and more, the Greater Williamsburg region is a well-known destination. The region is uniquely positioned to offer business advantages for tourism-related businesses. We attract a diverse tourism demographic. Our communities have positioned themselves to capitalize on this strength by establishing Tourism Zones, which allows our communities to support existing and encourage new tourism-related businesses.  Companies that produce products and services for the tourism sector will find a perfect test-bed for R&D and applying cutting edge tourism technologies.