Why these measures?

Traditionally, the economy of Virginia Beach has been viewed as being comprised mostly of three sectors; agriculture, tourism, and defense. While the City and the region have made efforts to diversify the economy and reduce our reliance on these three, the City's strategic location (in each case) plays a significant role in these sectors

All three of these sectors rely on high-skill, low-skill and entry level labor to be successful.

An educated workforce is necessary to recruitand retain businesses

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Educational attainment is highly correlated toearning potential