November 30, 2017
Your Weekly Updates
The Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to bring you Fred Focus, an e-newsletter that goes out every Thursday. Fred Focus keeps you up-to-date on Fredericksburg events and business news.
Third-quarter statistical report

The report includes copious data on City of Fredericksburg tax revenue, employment, planning, housing, business activity, vacancy rates and more. 

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Here's what's coming up
Two Fredericksburg restaurants make prestigious list

Foode and Peter Chang both made Northern Virginia magazine's recent list of the region's 50 best restaurants. Congrats to both!

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City receives gift of land off Fall Hill Avenue

City Council on Tuesday formally accepted a generous donation from Cullen Land Corporation (whose principal is Mary Jane O'Neill) of approximately 5 acres off Fall Hill Avenue. The land will help provide access into a planned public park.

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Washington Post describes Trail to Freedom

Here is a great article that recently ran in The Washington Post about Fredericksburg's "Trail to Freedom." (It showcases one of the region's many heritage tourism assets, the importance of which is described in an FLS editorial that ran today.)

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Public hearing planned on Frederick Street project

Several matters involving the planned redevelopment of the property at the corner of Frederick and Charles streets will be before Fredericksburg City Council on December 12.

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Irish Eyes supplies ingredients for Scottish breakfast video
This week's edition of the "Freehling Finds" video series highlights two Fredericksburg businesses -- Enterprise Screen Video Communications and Irish Eyes -- while showcasing a traditional Scottish breakfast.

Meetings big business for the 'Burg

Meetings, conventions, reunions and weddings held in Fredericksburg in 2016 had a $14 million economic impact, according to a recent analysis conducted by Tourism Sales Manager Victoria Matthews.
Coldwell Banker publishes Q3 reports

Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite has published its third-quarter reports on how the Fredericksburg region's retail, office and industrial markets fared.
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Changes coming to I-95 interchange

VDOT will soon activate a new traffic signal on Route 3 westbound at the I-95 southbound exit ramp.   
Winter-Spring Parks & Rec catalog now available

Our Parks, Recreation & Events Department offers so many ways to get out and about! Walk the trails, rent a canoe, take a class! Read our latest activity catalog now.

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Four new pickleball courts now open at Kenmore Park

There are now five pickleball courts open at Kenmore Park! Go check them out.  The seven tennis courts at Kenmore have also been resurfaced.
City Council endorses closure option for bridge rebuild

Fredericksburg City Council voted this week to approve VDOT's recommendation to close the entire Chatham Bridge so the superstructure can be replaced in early 2021 instead of partially closing it while the work is being done.

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Max Scherzer gives shout-out to Fredericksburg business

The Washington Nationals' three-time Cy Young-award-winning pitcher took to Twitter to praise Fredericksburg Cupcake for a recent creation. 
Frejus Sister City sign installed

A sign that was given to the City by its Sister City in France was recently installed on the Hanover Street side of City Hall. A picture is to the right. 
Metro Diner applies for ABC permit 
Metro Diner, which is renovating the former Friendly's location at 2068 Plank Road, has applied for its ABC permit -- a sure sign that opening day is getting closer! 

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UMW planning Supplier Expo

UMW will hold an Expo at the University Center in March to connect university suppliers with organizations through the area. Vendors set up displays so that potential buyers can make connections and learn more about their goods/services.

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Property of the Week: 2201 Lafayette Blvd.

Great retail space with excellent traffic count, visibility, access, signage and parking. Perfect for a business that needs plenty of open showroom space and natural light. 
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