• Richmond was ranked 9th among the Top 20 Cities for Black Entrepreneurs to Start a Business by, May 2017.
  • Virginia ranked among the Top 10 States for LEED, by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), January 2017.
  • Richmond named as one of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, by MovieMaker Magazine, January 2017.
  • Virginia ranked among the top 10 “Best States for Business”, by Forbes, November 2016.
  • Richmond is a Top 10 City for Global Trade in the United States by Global Trade Magazine, September 2016.
  • Richmond named one of 20 best places in America to start a business by, August 2016.
  • Richmond named a top city for creatives, by Thrillist, July 2016.
  • Ranked No. 9 among large cities for financial activities jobs, by New Geography, December, 2014.
  • Virginia was awarded a Silver Shovel in the 5+ to 10 million population category by Area Development magazine in 2013. The award recognizes states’  innovative economic development policies that attracted new employers in 2012, as well as catalyzing investments in facility and operating expansions by existing local businesses, driving significant in-state job growth.