The Virginia BioTechnology Research Park is situated on 34 acres in the heart of Richmond. Located adjacent to the VCU Medical Center, the Park and VCU together are one of the largest and most vibrant life sciences clusters on the East Coast of the United States. The combined research, business, education and patient-care facilities total more than 7 million square feet of space, once new facilities underway are completed. The population of the scientific and life sciences business community exceeds 12,000 professionals and support personnel.
Within a short walk are museums, restaurants, coffee shops, theaters, art galleries, a wide range of business and professional services and the James River, which provides endless opportunities for recreation of all types. The Historic Jackson Ward neighborhood borders the Research Park, offering employees the opportunity to live close by in renovated historic row houses, contemporary urban lofts, new townhomes, condominiums or apartments. Hotels, meeting and conference facilities are also conveniently located.
- Richmond named one of "20 best places in America to start a business" by CNBC.com, August 2016.
- Richmond named a 2016 Playful City USA by KaBOOM! for the first time, May 2016.
- Virginia Biotechnology Research Park named "Best of R&D in Virginia" by Southern Business & Development, Winter 2016.
- Richmond named “Best Locations for Biosciences in Virginia” by Southern Business & Development, Winter 2016.
- Richmond named “Best Cities Regardless of Size for Startups” by Southern Business & Development, Winter 2016.
- Richmond named "Best City to Visit - Summer 2015" by American Express Travel, May 2015.
- Richmond found to be ‘America’s most contented place’ according to a study from the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, July 2014.
- Richmond finished as the 10th best city for overall small business friendliness in the country, earning an A grade by Thumbtack.com, June 2014.
- Richmond named one of the country’s 10 hottest housing markets by CNN Money, January 2014.
- Richmond named one of the top big cities to live and work by Credit Donkey, December 2013.
- One of the “Top Destinations of 2014” for travel by Frommer’s, December 2013.
- Richmond named one of the “10 Up and Coming Cities for Entrepreneurs” by Forbes.com, September 2013.
- Richmond named a ‘Hot U.S. City’ for Jobs and Culture by the Daily Beast, July 2013.
- Ranked 25th Best City for Job Growth among large sized cities by New Geography, May 2013.
- One of the Top Cities for Business Growth among 100 metro areas rated by the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.com, April 2013.
- Richmond ranked in the top 10 metro areas for the fastest-growing wages paid to workers in professional, technical, and scientific services in a study by New Geography, February 2013.
- Richmond is named Best River Town in America by Outside Magazine, September 2012.
- Ranked 2nd among the top 10 Fastest Growing Cities for Technology Jobs in the Dice Report, March 2012.