August 31, 2017
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The Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism is excited to bring you Fred Focus, a weekly newsletter that will go out every Thursday. Fred Focus will keep you up-to-date on upcoming Fredericksburg events as well as business information. Enjoy!
September events are upon us 

This upcoming week in Fredericksburg will play host to several events but a few to highlight include:  First Friday, Bricks & Boards in the 'Burg Walking Tour, Light Up the Power Plant, Jefferson, Monroe & Wine, and Art Attack.  Music is always within earshot in Downtown  and Celebrate Virginia so don't forget about those regular  concert series.

City's 2nd Quarter Statistics

This report shows key metrics on how the Fredericksburg economy fared in the second quarter of 2017. You will find information on the residential and commercial real estate markets, new business activity, labor market data and more. We are enthused by the decreases in commercial vacancy rates for office and industrial properties, as well as the continued gains in commercial tax revenues, strengthening of hotel data and increases in jobs. You will also find a list of all the great new businesses that have recently chosen Fredericksburg. 

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Best Places to Work in Virginia

Register your company today for the chance to be listed in the eighth-annual "Best Places to Work in Virginia" feature article in Virginia Business.

Registration closes tomorrow, Friday, September 1.

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Fox 5 visits Fredericksburg 

Here's a collection of Fox 5 videos from the Washington-area network's visit to Fredericksburg last Friday. The City was truly showcased in every aspect, providing viewers with a great taste of the many things Fredericksburg has to offer. We want to thank our staff (special shout-out to Kim Herbert and Danelle Rose for all their work), businesses, non-profits, performers, schools and most of all our community, whom this City cherishes as our most prized asset. Fox 5, our City thanks you for visiting and invites you to come back again soon. We already miss your anchors and crew.
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The Soup and Taco, Etc. makes the 10 Best Taco Places in Virginia!

The Soup and Taco, Etc. has been named as one of the 10-best taco places in Virginia! Talk about authentic Tex-Mex food, well walk no farther than 813 Caroline St. or their second location at 806 William St.  Yes, this restaurant has two locations within 0.7 miles of each other in Fredericksburg.    

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Train Station set for upgrades by VRE and city

Though final designs have not been completed and a timeline has not been set, upgrades are planned for the train station.  Concrete modifications and repairs are planned for a section of the platform to the south of the main platform area, and the construction of a stair tower at the southeastern corner of the station will allow passengers to avoid walking across Princess Anne Street.  

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Dr. Paino, President of UMW, looks to the future

Dr. Paino has a vision for the students and campus of the University of Mary Washington.  On August 17, during the all-university event, UMW's president outlined four main goals centering on an investment of hope for the future.

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Unique shopping experiences are here in Fredericksburg

Who wants to go to a class and learn? Fredericksburg shoppers do, that's who! Retail businesses don't only offer goods in Downtown, they offer a learning experience. Whether personalizing a gift, trying out water sports on the Rappahannock River or cooking an exotic meal while learning to speak the language - Fredericksburg businesses allow you to experience it all.  

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Significant population growth expected locally

The Metropolitan Washington Council for Governments and the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service agree Fredericksburg and the surrounding region will grow significantly in the decades to come. 

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Fredericksburg has flavor  

Regina Kenner believed so much that Fredericksburg was a flavorful place that she built a business around it. Kenner's Flavors of Fredericksburg introduces food with a garnish of history. This walking tour through historic downtown gives attendees samples of great food and historical highlights. Kenner feels Fredericksburg is a food and history lover's destination.

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Shopping centers and malls evolving

A shopping center is where you shop, not where you visit your doctor or dentist, right? Well things have changed dramatically in today's malls and strip centers. Retailers now welcome service businesses, creating mixed-use developments.

The future of Fredericksburg heritage tourism sites

Historical tourism is here to stay, but it must change with the times. Fredericksburg has a wealth of history that contributes significantly to our local economy. Museums, historical sites and national parks must make technology a part of the learning experience and engage various audiences of visitors. Interaction is now a big part of the attraction. 
Property of the Week - 10 Harkness Blvd. - Battlefield Industrial Park

Located in the Battlefield Industrial Park, this building offers a total of 59,412 s.f. which includes: 2,430 s.f. office, 53,850 ± s.f. warehouse, and 3,132 ± s.f. open mezzanine storage. Seven dock high doors and one drive-in door with 21' clear ceilings / 30'+ clear. Convenient access to I-95, Rt. 1, Rt. 3, Rt. 17, and Downtown Fredericksburg.

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