October 12, 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 upcoming Fredericksburg events and business news.
Here's what's coming up

Here is a list of some of the events scheduled in the Fredericksburg area over the next week. 
To add your event to VisitFred.com, contact Fredericksburg Visitor Center Manager Danelle Rose.
Fredericksburg experiencing solid job growth

The City of Fredericksburg has seen significant gains in both jobs and business establishments, according to new data from the Virginia Employment Commission.
Read On (Fredericksburg.com)
New Washington house opens at Ferry Farm

Nearly 300 people gathered on the grounds of Ferry Farm this past Saturday to tour the replica of the house where George Washington spent his formative years, talk to archaeologists about the Washington family's life and hear from a variety of speakers during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Read On (Fredericksburg.com)
Freehling finds downtown scarecrows
This week's edition of "Freehling Finds" takes a look at the many things going on in downtown Fredericksburg this month -- including Scarecrowfest.

Sky Bar opens at Castiglia's

Castiglia's Sky Bar at 324 William St. opened this week. It features great views over William and Charles streets, a separate kitchen and bathrooms, and more. Go check it out!

Read On (Fredericksburg.com)
Mackintosh appointed to EDA

Will Mackintosh, an associate professor of history at UMW, was appointed this week to the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority.

Read Mackintosh's Bio (UMW)
Harry Potter donut craze hits Sugar Shack

Cosmopolitan and Teen Vogue Magazine, among others, are sharing the news -- Sugar Shack Donuts has Harry Potter-inspired donuts! Pre-ordering your HP donuts is a must to meet the supply and demand.

FAAR releases September housing statistics

Here is a Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors report showing how the City's housing market fared in September.

View Statistics (faarmembers.com)
Fat Boys' Smokehouse and Burgers now open

The restaurant is located at the former Virginia BBQ location at 451 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg.

Check Out the Website
City seeks to extend Fall Hill Avenue sidewalks

City Council voted this week to apply for $175,000 from the state's Highway Safety Improvement Plan to add sidewalks on both sides of Fall Hill Avenue near Central Park.

Read On (Fredericksburg.com)
Per-diem rate rises in Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg's per-diem rate, which dictates how much a federal government employee can spend on a hotel room per night, rose again this year from $91 to $93. The new rates, which are set by the General Services Administration for each fiscal year, went into effect October 1. The GSA sets the per-diems by reviewing average daily rates at area hotels. The higher rates will provide a boost to local hotels. The rate adjustment also affects Spotsylvania and Stafford counties. 

Search Per-Diem Rates (GSA)
Property of the Week: Greenbrier Shopping Center - 2000 Plank Rd.

Located along the busy Route 3 retail corridor directly accessible from I-95, this highly visible center is anchored by Burlington Coat Factory and Big Lots and includes various regional retailers and restaurants. Ample retail parking is available along with ideal accessibility through five center entrances, with one located at a signalized intersection on Plank Road. This is a neighborhood center amidst a growing residential population, projected to be 57,540 people living within 3 miles by 2019.

Property Brochure

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