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Businesses looking to locate in the Williamsburg area can find available properties, cost of living data and incentives from all three localities on one website.
The Greater Williamsburg Partnership – composed of the Economic Development Authorities from the City of Williamsburg, York County and James City County – announced the launch of its new website in a joint news release from the economic development directors from the three localities this week.
The site boasts information from the city and both counties, streamlining the research process for prospective businesses and residents looking for updates on business developments.
“We are excited to launch our newly developed website, which features economic development content from the three localities in one place and takes a regional approach to promoting the Greater Williamsburg area,” York County Economic Development Director Jim Noel said.
The site will include information on the advantages of doing business in the greater Williamsburg area, including incentives offered in each locality, available properties throughout the area and a “Living Here” tab that breaks down information on cost of living, education, housing and recreational activities.
“Our goal is to take a consumer-based approach, focusing on providing the most frequently requested information and highlighting the many advantages of the Greater Williamsburg region,” James City County Economic Development Director Russell Seymour said in the joint release.
The three EDAs formed the Greater Williamsburg Partnership after breaking ties with the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, which the economic development directors criticized for not bringing new business to the greater Williamsburg area, in favor of creating its own group to market the three localities.
The EDAs decided to redirect the approximately $146,000 typically sent to HREDA each year to the new partnership to bring small- to medium-sized firms to the area.