August 2019 |
Discovering What Stafford
Means through Community Forums

September 4, 7:30pm at the Oak Grove Baptist Church, 414 Decatur Road, Stafford, VA 22554

September 12, 7:30pm at the White Oak Rescue Squad, 535 White Oak Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22405


Wednesday, October 2, 6-9pm at the Stafford Regional Airport, 95 Aviation Way, Fredericksburg, VA 22406


Along with population growth, Stafford has experienced societal and cultural growth over the last 20 years. With many new plans on the horizon, the County wants to build upon Stafford's rich history and incorporate the ideas of all its citizens as it moves into the future with new amenities such as a museum, expanded tourism offerings and the creation of a "Downtown Stafford." To accomplish this effort, the Stafford County Department of Economic Development and Tourism is partnering with the Stafford Museum Foundation to hold a series of community forums designed to solicit ideas from citizens on shaping the culture of Stafford County. MORE>>

Message from John Holden
What's Next Stafford

I have been and want to continue to ask, "What's Next?  Stafford."  I encourage you to consider this for our community and your business - to foster creativity!   Yet, it occurred to me that we should also ask "What is Stafford?".  We have begun to host Community Forums to directly ask our community that question.  The answers will clarify how we focus design development in Downtown Stafford and our Tourism Plan.
At the same time, as we move forward, I want to encourage you to consider our next Veteran's Business Bootcamp (see below). 
New ideas and plans are forthcoming to better incentivize business growth from within our existing business community and new projects in the coming months.  Our incentives focus on all businesses, and in particular, our targeted sectors - Cyber\IT and Distribution.  Data Center Attraction efforts also continue, as Stafford emerges as a very competitive location.
Stay Tuned... #WhatsNextStafford.

Veterans Business Bootcamp:  October 16
The Veterans Business Bootcamp is a program instituted by the University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development and the Stafford County Department of Economic Development and Tourism to provide an overview of business ownership to service members. The Stafford EDA is a sponsor of this event.

The curriculum provides assistance to those interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan. Registration is free. 

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time: 8:00am Networking, 9:00am - 1:00pm Programming
Location: UMW Stafford Campus, Gates Hudson Building
125 University Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA 22406

For more information on this event or to register, please click here >>
Ribbon Cuttings
Rocking Nissan of Stafford
1 Coachman Circle, Stafford, VA 22554
Germanna receives grant for workforce training
Stafford County is proud to continue to work with Germanna as it expands programs to meet the needs of today's workforce.

Germanna Community College has received a grant for nearly $200,000 as part of a new $2.75 million Virginia Community College System investment in workforce training programs. The grants will develop new and expand existing high-demand training programs. Germanna's grant is for National Center for Construction Educational and Research Core Craft in metalworking.
Career Readiness Event
Discover Your Future is a workforce development event for area secondary students.  This interactive event will highlight local career opportunities and provide students with the ability to interact with future employers.  Read more >>

For Lease 
125 Corporate Drive 
Stafford, VA 22554
- Restaurant space available in 8,000 SF free-standing building at the entrance to Quantico Corporate Center
- 18,000+ VPD on Jefferson Davis Highway at Corporate Drive
-   Includes full hood & walk-in cooler
-  Former Pancho Villa Restaurant
Business Training Opportunities 
Germanna Community College
September 5, 6-8pm

In this two hour course, discover how to create an online store and sell physical goods online.  Students will learn the different options available for e-commerce; learn how to create a merchant account with a bank, inventory management and how to manage shipping costs and fulfilling others.
First Steps to Starting a Business
University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center
September 9, 6-8pm

This seminar will provide the basic of self evaluation, the idea, defining the need, determining the feasibility, and what actions are necessary. Topics within these areas will include analytical methods; research sources; the legal forms of businesses; record keeping; laws, regulations, and policies; and a discussion on the value and importance of business plans and financial analyses.
Using Livestreaming Tools on Social Media
Germanna Community College
Start Date: September 25
This course is designed to explain the benefits of Livestreaming and how to use it.  You will learn about tools available for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and how to operate them.
WordPress Basics
G ermanna Community College
Start Date:  September 26
WordPress is a free and open source content management system (CMS).  It is a web software used to create beautiful websites, blogs, or apps. Features include a variety of plug-ins that help users track metrics, organize content and integrate social media.  In this introductory course you learn basic navigation of WordPress build a basic site, learn what a CMS is and how WordPress is similar but different from other CMS platforms.  You will also learn how to create pages and posts, and overall basic functionality of WordPress.
Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism | 540-658-8681 [email protected] | 1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555