August 9, 2018
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 and keeps you up-to-date on Fredericksburg events and business news.
Many events upcoming in Fredericksburg
To add your event to, contact Fredericksburg Visitor Center Manager Danelle Rose .
Second-quarter statistical report out

Our second-quarter report is hot off the press! It reveals the names of a couple of new restaurants coming to Central Park, some encouraging statistics and much more. Check it out, and hat tip to Amy Peregoy for putting this together. 

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Interstate 95 project getting started

Construction began this week on a $132 million project to reduce driver delays by adding three new travel lanes to Interstate 95 southbound in the Fredericksburg area.  

Read article

Community meeting scheduled for stadium

The City of Fredericksburg and Potomac Nationals will hold a community meeting on the proposed multi-purpose stadium at 7 p.m. September 5 at the Dorothy Hart Community Center at 408 Canal Street. This will be an opportunity for the public to weigh in on the proposed stadium project.  

Main Street receives $25,000 Virginia grant

Fredericksburg VA Main Street Inc. has received a $25,000 Downtown Investment Grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia that will help start a micro-loan program downtown. Fredericksburg's Economic Development Authority will provide the local match.
Take our survey ~ Summer Restaurant Week

We are conducting a short survey on Summer Restaurant Week to help us improve the event going forward.   

Take survey
Video features new trail initiative

This week's edition of "Freehling Finds" features a new program to keep the popular Rappahannock River Heritage Trail clean. 

Watch video
Main Street putting on downtown event

"A Downtown Affair on Caroline" will be held in the 1000 block of Caroline Street on October 14 and will feature a six-course dinner followed by a live auction of five unique downtown experiences.

  Check out event website
Riverfront Park meeting scheduled next Thursday

Community meeting planned at 7 p.m. August 16 to discuss plans for downtown park.

Review plans for park
Virginia Partners celebrates a decade in business

Great article by the FLS about how the downtown bank has thrived in its first decade.

Read article 
How is the local CRE market doing?

Coldwell Banker Elite Commercial recently released its second-quarter reports for the industrial, retail and office markets. See below.

Tickets on sale for Slide FXBG

The September 1 event -- which is being organized by UMW, the City of Fredericksburg and the Fredericksburg EDA -- will feature a 1,000-foot-long water slide on Hanover Street between the Jepson Alumni Executive Center and the Sunken Well Tavern. Tickets are going fast, with two of four waves already sold out.

Slide FXBG website
Recent FLS article on event
Attention Business Owners: Register now for the 2018 UMW Community Welcome Fair

We invite you to participate as an exhibitor for the UMW Community Welcome Fair. The fair is an introduction to the many businesses and services UMW students will be using for the next four years. Think of this as an opportunity to personally present your business to more than 4,000 bright young adults. As they immerse themselves in their academic careers, they will also become part of our community, needing many of the goods and services available in the Fredericksburg area. In addition to becoming customers, many of these students could become responsible part-time employees, interns or volunteers. See registration form for fee and event details. #FXBGUMWFAIR2018

Registration form
Property of the Week: 1271-1295 Central Park Blvd. ~ Central Park Crossing
1,460 SF retail/office space available in Central Park.  Located less than a mile from I-95, with average of 86,000 vehicles per day on Plank Road.  
City of Fredericksburg | Economic Development & Tourism | 
540.372.1216 |

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