Hampton Roads: Resilience Testbed for Innovation
Hampton Roads in southeastern Virginia is a globally critical region. Home to the largest concentration of U.S. defense facilities in the world, including world’s largest naval base, and the third largest commercial port on the East Coast, the region is a hub for trade and a security nexus for the world. A combination of the region’s cities’ diverse typologies, climate change challenges and assets makes Hampton Roads an attractive resilience innovation hub for entrepreneurs.
RISE brokers access to the region’s living testbed to innovators and businesses in need of testing and demonstrating new resilience-building solutions. RISE facilitates access to test sites and infrastructure, data and key stakeholders. RISE also manages permitting to allow installations on cities’ property.
Regional Assets that are part of the Resilience Testbed include:
Municipal governments in the region offer opportunities to test ideas in city-owned spaces and provide accelerated access to city staff experts, datasets, and permitting to help companies innovate.
Research organizations including NASA Langley Research Center, and The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory. These organizations serve as a resource to the living laboratory’s efforts.
Military installations including Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base complex in the world, Fort Eustis, Langley Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Oceana and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allied Command Transformation HQ. These organizations face many of the same resilience challenges as the community.
Universities including, Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University (ODU), Tidewater Community College System, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the William and Mary, support innovative resilience approaches by providing access to research, subject matter experts and other assets.
The Port of Virginia, one of the largest deep water ports on the East Coast.
Entrepreneurial organizations including 757 Accelerate, 757 Seed, 757 Angels, ODU Innovation Center, and ICAP among others. These assets provide entrepreneurs with customized resources they need to grow.