The Crater and Richmond region planning districts comprise Region 4 of GO Virginia. Region 4 extends from Powhatan County in the west to Surry County in the east, and from Hanover County in the north to Greensville County on the North Carolina border in the south. I-95 comes closest to being a unifying element in the region, running through many localities with remaining localities nearby.
The Crater district includes Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Emporia, Greensville, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George, Surry and Sussex. The Richmond region includes Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, and Richmond. Charles City County and Chesterfield County are in both planning districts.
Both planning districts are rich in more than 400 years of native American and Colonial history. As part of the world's most successful start-up—the United States of America—entrepreneurship and innovation are ingrained in its residents' DNA. More than 1.3 million Virginians live in the region; about one million are in the greater Richmond area. The region's GO Virginia Council membership reflects that popula- tion distribution. The fringes of the region are definitely more rural than suburban or city, but there are similarities throughout.
One of the region's greatest strengths in economic development is its proximity to Interstate highways and Class I freight railroads. The James River bisects Region 4 into north and south sections, but all of its localities are close enough to enjoy its benefits. Virginia crops are its largest by volume exports through the Richmond Marine Terminal of the Virginia Port Authority.
The Crater area contains some of Region 4's strongest assets from a GO Virginia standpoint: Ft. Lee with its Army Logistics University and its steady output of retiring military personnel, as well as the Common- wealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, the Rolls Royce manufacturing factory, and in the near future, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics, all in Prince George County.
Greater Richmond's economy is strong in (state) government, finance, and business and professional ser- vices, including creative services, as well as logistics and life sciences. The Richmond and Petersburg areas have been manufacturing strongholds for years.
Both districts are rich in historical sites, but they are also forward looking, with a wealth of higher educa- tion resources: two public universities, two private universities, a public junior college, two public multi-branch community colleges, and a public post-high school education center in Greensville County.