• Total employment of nearly 660,000 in the Richmond metro area includes nearly 25,000 in wholesale trade and nearly 28,000 in transportation and warehousing.
  • The area is a military logistics center and home to the U.S. Army Logistics University at Fort Lee and to Defense Supply Center Richmond.
  • Area community colleges offer occupational and technical training, including customized programs for individual employers.
  • Virginia is a right-to-work state with low levels of unionization and union election activity.
  • The Richmond Region is strategically located at the mid-point of the East Coast.
  • Interstates I-64, I-95, I-85, and I-295 converge in the metro area.
  • 55 percent of the nation’s consumers and manufacturers are within two days’ delivery by truck from the area.
  • There are more than 100 motor freight companies and brokers.
  • Fed Ex and UPS district hubs are located in the area.
  • The Richmond Marine Terminal is served by the James River Barge Service.
  • The Port of Virginia at Hampton Roads, the third largest container port on the U.S. East Coast, is within 100 miles.
  • CSX and Norfolk Southern provide rail service.
  • Foreign Trade Zone 207 at Richmond International Airport allows companies to defer paying customs duties on goods until they leave the zone for domestic consumption.
  • Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Compensation costs are among the lowest in the nation.
  • Building costs are 13 percent below the national average.
  • The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (CCALS) has been formed in Virginia to support collaborative research projects in logistics.