Team Mid-Atlantic

Sara FarmerRichmond, VA and Philadelphia, PA

Team Liberty is lead by Sara Farmer.

Here are some key facts about Philadelphia:

  • Greater Philadelphia has the advantage of being located between the financial capital of the world (New York City) and the political capital of the world (Washington D.C.).
  • Philadelphia is the 3rd busiest Amtrak station in the U.S., with three of the busiest stations located in Greater Philadelphia
  • Greater Philadelphia has one of the lowest costs of living and median home sales prices among other large metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) including Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.
  • Philadelphia is a walkable city and is easy to commute. Philadelphia has 205 miles of bicycle lanes and is known as One of National Geographic Adventure’s 15 “Best U.S. Hiking Cities” and ranked “Best City of Wlking” by Preservation Magazine.
  • Philadelphia has some of the finest health care options in the world.
  • Compared to Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., Greater Philadelphia has the lowest rental rates for office and industrial space.
  • 151,400 of Philadelphia workers were employed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), 5.4% of the area’s total employment. 147,700 workers were employed in Information and Communications Technology.
  • Greater Philadelphia ranks as one of the nation’s leading centers for higher education with over 100 degree-granting institutions enrolling just under 400,000 full and part-time students with over 83,500 degrees and certificates awarded.
  • Greater Philadelphia is known for its welcoming business community with strong international connections. Its strengths in life sciences and healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, clean economy, and logistics are complimented by a multitude of professional and business services making the region an excellent place to locate a business and for transferred spouses to find employment.

Data source: Select Greater Philadelphia

Here are some key facts about Richmond

  • Greater Richmond’s growing population exceeds 1,200,000. The area is a magnet for labor, drawing workers from more than 40 localities statewide. Between 2000 and 2010, the Richmond MSA population grew by 12.42% and is estimated to expand an additional 15% between 2010 and 2020.
  • The diverse economy includes 10 Fortune 1000 headquarters; pharmaceutical, chemical, biotech, and other 21st century manufacturers.
  • Richmond was among the top 20 metro areas in 2012 for the total number of Fortune 1000 companies, (ranked 17th).
  • Fifteen four-year and eleven two-year colleges and universities offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs in all major fields, including business, law, engineering, and medicine.
  • Fed Ex and UPS district hubs are located in the area.
  • The Richmond region is able to draw from and attract a highly skilled and educated workforce population of more than 677,000 from the entire MSA and beyond due to its central location in the commonwealth, large number of major government and businesses located in the city.
  • Its significant higher education systems, including the state’s largest university, Virginia Commonwealth University, with a student population of more than 30,000.
  • The area’s telecommunications infrastructure is state-of-the-art with an extensive fiber optic network and digital switching capability.
  • Virginia and Greater Richmond have institutionalized many business incentives that benefit new and existing businesses, both in the short and long term. Incentives include financial assistance, infrastructure development grants, tax credits and exemptions, customized training and technical support programs.

Source: Greater Richmond. Virginia, USA and the Richmond Economic Development Authority