• Norfolk company Portfolio Recovery Associates made Fortune magazine's list of the 100 fastest growing U.S. companies in 2013, ranking 98th.

  • Norfolk was named one of the top five cities for entrepreneurs by (August 2013).

  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is recognized as the number one ranked hospital in Virginia in the 2013-14 America’s Best Hospitals ranking of U.S. News & World Report. In the 2013-14 ranking, the hospital earned two national rankings for the heart and nephrology programs, in addition to as being high-performing in eight specialties that included Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. Read more here.

  • Norfolk was the recipient of a 2013 American Cities of the Future award, ranking in the top ten in infrastructure for the mid-sized city category. Awards were presented by fDi Intelligence, a major division of the Financial Times Ltd, specializing in all areas relating for foreign direct investment and investment promotion

  • Virginia is ranked as the top state for business competitiveness, according to May 2012 Site Selection Magazine. The Commonwealth was ranked second best last year.

  • The Norfolk region ranks sixth in best job growth areas for both young college graduates and seasoned workers. The best neighborhood for young and single people is Ghent., June 2010.

  • Norfolk region ranks #20 on America's Fastest Recovering Cities from the Recession. November 2009.

  • The most job-centralized large metro in the United States. Brookings Institution, 2009.

  • Virginia ranks as the second Top State for Business after Texas. CNBC, July 2010.

  • Ranks among top 20 MSA's for economic performance during the recession. Brookings Institute, August 2009.

  • Named one of the top forty regions recovering from the foreclosure crisis. Forbes, December 2009.

  • Named one of the Happiest Cities for Families. McDonald's July 2009.

  • The Norfolk region ranks in the top 20 strongest performing regions in economic health. Brookings Institution, March 2010.

  • The Norfolk MSA ranks in the top 20 best cities for singles. Forbes, July 2009

  • Norfolk MSA ranks second in Top Major Market in the South. Southern Business & Development magazine, April 2008.

  • Norfolk MSA ranked #1 in U.S. for high impact firms for jobs and growth. The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, July 2008.

  • Hampton Roads is second only to Washington, D.C. for defense and homeland security jobs.  Hampton Roads earns a national and international recognition as a smart regionHampton Roads Technology Council.

  • One of the top 5 most frequently visited cities in the state. Virginia Tourism Corporation.

  • Home to the world’s largest Naval Base.

  • Granby High School was named one of the top high schools in the nation. Newsweek, June 2010.



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