From cars to coffee beans, the cargo we handle keeps industries, businesses and households going strong, driving economic growth and job creation along the way. The continuous movement of goods is necessary for nationwide prosperity, particularly for the two-thirds of Americans who live within a day's drive of our port's facilities. But it's not just what the port moves that matters. It's also how we conduct our business and practice stewardship in the communities we serve.
In all aspects of our work, there is a focus on sustainability. To The Port of Virginia, sustainability means excelling in the areas of healthy and safe operations, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Each of our facilities' sustainability initiatives goes hand-in-hand with an overarching commitment to financial responsibility and operational excellence.
An aspect of sustainability of which we're most proud is our role in the creation of jobs, an increase in revenue and business development across the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2016 (FY16), port-related companies created over 3,600 jobs in Virginia, and 39 businesses announced plans to grow or expand their presence in places like Arlington, Norfolk and Roanoke. In total, we helped attract more than $733 million in investments to the Commonwealth. FY16 wasn't just a second consecutive year of financial successes for us; it was also another step forward on the path to more growth and long-term sustainability.
When we think of sustainability, we don't just zero in on making things greener. We are also investing in our communities, terminals and our people, so we can serve as an economic engine for generations to come. These investments will make our port a safer place to work, provide us the ability to handle cargo more efficiently with less environmental impact and create job opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.
Meeting all of those goals is what makes us truly sustainable.
As cargo moves toward its destination, our port moves toward a more sustainable future.