About Region 5

Region 5 consists of the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg; and the counties of Accomack, Isle of Wight, James City, Northampton, Southampton, and York.

Reinvent Hampton Roads serves as Region 5’s support organization. The support organization will provide fiduciary oversight and administrative services for activities related to GO Virginia in Region 5.

Region 5 At-A-Glance

Total Population
Total Employment
Unemployment Rate
Median Income Level

Port Operations, Logistics and Warehousing
Advanced Manufacturing
Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and Mod-Sim
Ship Building and Ship Repair
Water Technologies
Unmanned Systems and Aerospace

Regional Priority Industry Clusters

Council Members

Thomas R. Frantz, Chair
Anne C. H. Conner, Vice Chair
Kenneth Alexander
Shawn Avery
Patrick Coady
Timothy J. Bentley
Bruce Bradley
John R. Broderick
John T. Dever
William B. Downey
Jack L. Ezzell, Jr.
Michael Gentry
Maria Herbert
Jeffrey Holland
Robert S. McKenna
Jim Kibler
Jerry Miller
J.D. Myers, II
John Olson
McKinley Price
John F. Reinhart
Dr. Kathrine Rowe
Louis R. Jones
Jeffrey Smith
Bryan Stephens
Bruce Thompson
Thomas G. Tingle
Gary Warren

Regional Resources

Recent News

Daily Press
November 21, 2018
The Daily Press
October 23, 2018
Inside Business
September 10, 2018


James Spore
President & CEO

Notice: The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is the state agency responsible for administering the GO Virginia program. Any documents supplied on this page are sourced directly from DHCD. Please forward any administrative questions to DHCD.