In 2013, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership identified 18 specific economic regions in Virginia:
Back in 2003, the state had been divided into just seven economic development regions:
There are only 4 Better Business Bureaus serving Virginia:
There are numerous economic partnerships between different jurisdictions, and their boundaries define "communities" from an economic perspective. In 2013, active partnerships included:
Jurisdictions can belong to more than one economic partnership, though that requires paying multiple dues to support multiple groups. The Manufacturing Technology Center serves 17 counties and 4 cities in southwestern Virginia, spanning the boundaries of three economic partnerships.
Economic partnerships come and go, and the boundaries of multi-jurisdictional initiatives varies. Some efforts fade away, but regional efforts re-appear. When the Lake Country Marketing Council ended, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg counties helped to form the TransTech Alliance while Halifax shifted its regional efforts to the separate Southern Virginia Regional Alliance. Others change their name - the New Century Technology Council started in 1998 evolved - after the turn of the century - into the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority refocused on technology rather than coal and became Virginia's e-Region.