August 10, 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!
Find your event here in Fredericksburg

As we enter mid-August we see more families preparing for the beginning of a new school year but we hope they don't miss out on our wide variety of events.  Here's what you have to look forward to in August and beginning of September.  Music, picnics, art, history, a dash, farmer's market, dancing, a vigil and a bridal show.  Still wondering what is a Zip Trip?  Check it out!

Agreements help three businesses expand in the city

Fredericksburg City Council this week approved Technology Zone incentive agreements with three companies that are expected to bring nearly 200 professional jobs to the city. The performance agreements involve QRC Technologies, IST Research and ILM Corp., which plan investments in the City totaling about $9 million. Combined, the companies will occupy about 43,000 square feet of office space. 

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Liberty Place Revises Plan

Fredericksburg City Council this week approved a Memorandum of Understanding that will help finalize a public-private partnership between the City of Fredericksburg and Liberty Place Partners LLC. The agreement will give the public free access to the majority of a planned 303-space parking garage along the William Street corridor downtown. It will also help plans advance for Liberty Place, which now includes nearly 90,000 square feet of commercial space. 

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Who did Freehling Find? 

Bill recently visited Craftworks Studios. Owner, Barb Jones, offers personalized gifts and goods by using printers, embroidery machines and etching lasers.  Over 200 items can be personalized so visit the studios at  301 Lafayette Blvd.

Favorite photos of Fredericksburg and why Fredericksburg is delicious contest

Fredericksburg EDT in July sponsored a Fredericksburg Food Cooperative contest that involved people posting their favorite picture of Fredericksburg to social media. Contestants also wrote why they think Fredericksburg is delicious. Fifty-seven people entered, and EDT picked the five winning entries, which were announced last week at a Food Cooperative happy hour. Each of the five winners received a free membership to the Food Cooperative. Hence the contest was a good way both to promote all the great things about Fredericksburg on social media and also grow the ranks of the Food Cooperative .

Jay Parrish - Carl's at Night as seen to the right was one of the five winners.

View the other four winning images
We are the region's Downtown

A Spotsylvania resident praised our Historic Downtown after hosting a meeting in Fredericksburg.  The feedback that John Nicholls received from the attendees who are located in several different states gave him reason to praise our Downtown businesses.  Mr. Nicholls if you are reading this we would welcome return visits by your business associates to learn and experience the region's Downtown and beyond. 

Good for the City and University of Mary Washington (UMW)

Universities face many challenges, and UMW is no different.  Dr. Troy Paino, UMW's 10th President, looks forward to welcoming new students and producing graduates, but he also has to monitor the bottom line - which is not an easy task.  He works closely with his team of professors, staff and the UMW Foundation to accomplish a stream of revenue and students who can adapt to our ever changing world.

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New treasures found at our treasured Mary Washington House 

Michelle Hamilton, the museum manager, has been piecing together artifacts to unveil more history for our residents and visitors during the renovation of this historical location.

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Fraser Wood Elements doubles square footage at 1023 Caroline St. 

David Fraser started his storefront location at 820 Caroline St. but after partnering with local businesses and creating beautiful workable pieces of art for decor or a customer's specific use it was time to grow but not too far from the store's original home.

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Leasing & Sales Activity, July 2017

Several Fredericksburg leases and sales are on this roundup of local commercial real estate activity.   

CB Richard Ellis|Fredericksburg Releases Mid Year Report

CBRE Fredericksburg offers full-service real estate services.  Rich McDaniel, Philip Baxter, Lee Cherwek and Evan Sullivan are trusted advisors for both owners and occupiers of commercial space throughout the Fredericksburg region. 

Property of the Week - 1010 Caroline St.

Located in the heart of Fredericksburg on Caroline Street - the central business district for the region of over 340,000 people. Street front seating with four season interior patio. All new systems including roof, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. All new, high efficiency modern finishes as well as doors, windows, lighting. Historically appropriate development. Live/work/play development with excellent walkability. Available Winter / Spring of 2018. 10,000 SF of retail/restaurant space. 10,000 SF of commercial space. 

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City Business News Briefing

Learn more and stay informed on city business items from this week.

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