A program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Hampton Roads MSEEZ

On October 10, 2018, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, in collaboration with the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, launched the Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone (MSEEZ) in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Established to connect military spouses with companies committed to hiring, MSEEZ are collaborative efforts among the local business, civic, and military communities that establish employment networks in municipalities around the country.

The Hampton Roads MSEEZ Working Group Co-Chairs are Ron Lewis and Bill Coley.

Target Goals for Hampton Roads

  • Hire
    Chair: Sultan Camp, Veterans & Military Spouse Programs, Newport News Shipbuilding

    “Being a veteran and working alongside military spouses on our Talent Acquisition team, I have seen, first-hand, the challenges involved in finding a job and trying to have a career. At Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), A Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, we’re seeking those who understand the importance of what we do — and no one can appreciate our mission more than those who have served in our military or military spouses. At NNS we look for agility, and you certainly hone that skill as a military spouse.”

  • Train
    Co-Chairs: Bill Brown, Executive Director of Military Education, ECPI University; Robert Clark, Director, Military Activities Liaison & Special Projects, Old Dominion University

    “Military Spouses have the toughest job in the military and can experience great challenges maintaining their education and careers as they move around the world.  But, Military Spouses also bring a lot to the workforce and benefit greatly by getting into career fields that they can take with them when they move!  Providing them education and licensure qualifications that can go with them is important and will do so much to help fill critical jobs, potentially keep a military family in the military, and help someone reach their goals!  Making it easier for licensure qualifications to transfer to other states would do much to help make this a reality.” – Bill Brown

  • Advocate
    Chair: Len Remias, Military Affairs Liaison, Office of the City Manager, Norfolk

    “As a military dependent, I witnessed firsthand what my mother, a military spouse with five children had to endure throughout my father’s 30 years of military service. My wife, also a military spouse of 30 years, experienced similar challenges in managing a family with three children while postponing her own career plans. Like most military spouses, they learn to quickly adapt to life in the military and develop a broad range of skills (e.g., time management, organization, multi-tasking, networking, finance/budgeting, resourcefulness, resiliency, etc.) to ensure the family not only survives, but thrives. The skills acquired through extraordinary circumstances such as extended family separation, overseas deployments, combat/war makes military spouses highly unique and remarkable employees for any business. Bottom line: Military spouses are the cornerstone to family readiness and enable military members to perform their mission. Military spouses come from broad and diverse backgrounds. They are highly adaptable, committed, passionate and resilient. They add tremendous value to an organization and the community.”


  • Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center Event Calendar
  • USO Pathfinder Events
  • Hampton Roads USO Virtual Coffee Connection | January 13, 2021, 10am-11:30am ET
    Join the USO as we host a virtual gathering for military spouses to connect with each other while enjoying a cup of coffee. This is a great way to network, share advice, discuss local events, and meet new friends! January discussion will focus on deployment readiness! Register at: https://bit.ly/CoffeeConnection2021
  • USO Discover Your Spark Workshop
    Join Brittany (2017 AFI Military Spouse of the Year) as she teaches you how to discover your passion and to live life with that passion. Open to spouses of currently serving military.

Featured Local Resources for Military Spouses

  • Virginia Career Works Centers – Hampton Roads Region
    Are you a military spouse in Hampton Roads in need of licensure or credentialing to assist you in obtaining employment? Your local Virginia Career Works Centers in the Hampton Roads Region and the Greater Peninsula are here to assist you. On the Peninsula? Visit this page instead. Funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, there is Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding available to assist you. For more information, contact Nancy Stephens (military spouse) at nstephens@vcwhamptonroads.org.
  • Are you interested in nonprofit employment in Hampton Roads, or “the 757”? Sign up here to receive a weekly jobs alert from Academy for Nonprofit Excellence that highlights local nonprofits looking to hire.
  • Hampton Roads Veteran Employment Center

Additional Local Resources for Military Spouses

MSEEZ Playbook

The MSEEZ Playbook is an overview of how the Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones work and the best practices involved.

You'll understand why MSEEZ are important and you can download a worksheet to guide you through the process.

Get Involved

Thank you for your interest in becoming involved in your local Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone. Collectively, we will work to break down the barriers to identifying meaningful career opportunities for military families.

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