As a regional commercial and cultural hub, it is no surprise that the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan statistical area, or Hampton Roads, is home to a satisfied workforce. The east coast military metropolis repeatedly tops lists for economic performance. According to a December report, the region's compensation-per-job grew by 4.6% in 2009. This is substantially larger than the average 1.2% nationwide. The area has 1.6 million residents - the fifth largest metro area in the Southeast U.S., and the largest between Washington, DC and Atlanta.
Scott Carter is CEO of the Norfolk-based web development company United Networks, LLC and serves as Chair of Membership on the Chamber's Norfolk Board of Directors. “Ranking fourth in the country is quite an achievement,” Carter contends, “but even more impressive is fact that we're only a tenth of a point from first place. Over the next few years, as Norfolk continues to add more amenities and improve existing services, I'm certain that we can make up the difference and become the best place to work - and live - in the country.”
Richmond is the only other city from the Commonwealth to make the list placing at 32nd. Rankings are based on local employees’ overall job satisfaction, compensation and benefits, career opportunities, and business outlook for the next six months.