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2010: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy: Vision Hampton Roads - Federal PDF Print E-mail

Task Force:  Federal

Lead Contact:  Craig Quigley, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance
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The “Operations-Tactical Component” of the Plan of Action will address the implementation of specific actions that will have the greatest short term impact on maintaining and growing the three (3) pillars of our regional economy and nurturing those regional assets that have the most realistic chance of diversifying our economy: Federal.

Adequately describing the federal presence in Hampton Roads is a challenging task. Hampton Roads proudly hosts all five military services with both operating forces and major command headquarters. The region is home to the only NATO command on U.S. soil. Hampton Roads is home to the world’s largest naval base and the world’s largest concentration of Coast Guard assets. Thirteen federal departments and agencies have a regional presence, as do thirty of the 100 largest defense firms in the world.


The Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (http://HRMFFA.org) exists to influence federal action to the economic benefit of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Hampton Roads region. As we implement and expand upon the objectives and strategies outlined in this document, the region will build upon the efforts and activities of HRMFFA to: proactively protect and defend the current range of military and federal capabilities; proactively identify and pursue opportunities and activities to grow military and federal capabilities in Hampton Roads; and to the extent possible through rigorous pro-activity, avoid being forced into crisis response and crisis management operations.

Federal Objectives-Strategies-Actions

OBJECTIVE:  Hampton Roads will be the Premier Mission-Ready Region hosting Federal assets critical to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation.

Strategy 1:  Retain organizations, capabilities and investments owned, operated or funded by the Federal Government in Hampton Roads.

Action 1:  Develop and implement a proactive, action-oriented strategy led by HRMFFA that addresses stability and viability of mission-critical entities including:  

  • Aircraft stationed Oceana Naval Air Station, Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis;
  • Army (Fort Eustis/TRADOC);
  • Coast Guard;
  • Jefferson Lab;
  • Joint Forces Command (JFCOM);
  • NASA Langley Research Center;
  • NATO Allied Command Transformation;
  • Navy ships home-ported in Hampton Roads and Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

Action 2: Support contractors that serve federal installations by implementing appropriate economic development strategies such as creating on-site spaces and developing a regional water strategy.

Strategy 2:  Attract and expand organizations, capabilities and investments owned, operated or funded by the Federal government in Hampton Roads.

Action 1:  Remain aggressively engaged with organizations, capabilities and investments owned, operated or funded by the Federal government and closely monitor all possible opportunities to expand Federal sector growth.

Action 2:  Diversify the types of federal activities located in Hampton Roads by demonstrating logistical and economic sense for locating in the region.

Action 3:  Leverage the region’s proximity to Washington, DC to position the region to host additional federal assets.

Strategy 3:  Achieve public awareness and appreciation of the economic value of the Federal assets in the region to the Hampton Roads community, the Commonwealth and the nation.

Action 1:  Maintain and grow the federal infrastructure and Navy presence in the region and sustain ship building and ship repair industries. (identified by Port Sub-committee)

Strategy 4:  Grow the indirect and induced investments and business located in the Hampton Roads region because of federal assets.

Action 1:  Quantify the indirect and induced investments and business using assets available (research capability, wireless connectivity, etc.).

Action 2:  Use data to motivate/inform specific strategies to mitigate negative impacts and enhance positive impacts (i.e., promoting region as a preferred location for federal government retirees).

Action 3:  Identify and address the needs of ancillary and emerging businesses.


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