December 2019 | GoStaffordVa.com
Happy Holidays!
Stafford County's New Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) over Interstate 95 at Exit 140 (Courthouse Road) has opened with only one change to be made before complete. The new I-95 overpass will have drivers merge left through an X-shaped intersection, switching sides with opposing traffic, in order to continue straight.

According to VDOT, Courthouse Road carries an average of 16,000 vehicles a day and around 136,000 vehicles a day travel on I-95 near Exit 140. The $150 million project, to be completed by Summer of 2020, offers a new solution to relieve traffic conditions in Stafford and on I-95.

Click here to watch the Exit 140 DDI simulation video for an aerial and windshield view as you get comfortable with the new roads and traffic patterns. For additional information on the new DDI, visit VDOT's website by clicking here
What's Next Showcase of ACES
Stafford was honored to be the guest speaker at this month's ACES event.  Held at the Fredericksburg Expo Center, John Holden shared his visions for "What's Next" in Stafford.  John shared his passion for innovation and creativity and noted that, "the opportunity I have had since arriving in Stafford as a 'come here,' has allowed me to look at things a bit differently.  Not because I am special.  But that being "from away" (as they say in Maine), gives me no choice but to think outside the box because I wasn't in the box." John highlighted recent developments and plans in the Centreport area, Downtown Stafford, and Quantico Corporate Center focused on e-commerce distribution, a new "smart city" urban center, and the "cross-roads of Cyber," respectively.  
 
ACES (Architects, Contractors, Engineers, and Site Developers) is a construction/design industries group which hosts monthly educational/networking luncheons. The next luncheon (Jan. 29th) will feature VDOT, discussing Major Transportation Projects in the region. Contact Shambi Eubanks at Froehling & Robertson, Inc. ( seubanks@fandr.com ) for details. 
The Clark Hulings Fund's Virginia Art-Business Conference Hosted in Stafford County
This past month, a number of artists, business, economic development, and tourism leaders met with 50 artists from around the Fredericksburg region to identify opportunities to expand and build a regional arts economy. Hosted by Stafford County, the Clark Hulings Fund brought together its experience and expertise for a three-day program designed to foster an art economy and encourage artists as business entrepreneurs. The City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County and The University of Mary Washington were also sponsors of the event.  MORE>> 
What's Next? Stafford. - A message from John Holden
The end of the calendar year is often a time to reflect and to plan for the future.  In life and in business.  As far as the last 12 months, I think I am still the New Guy but am proud to have had Theodosius Zotos join our team (as the Newer Guy) and most recently the Newest Guy, Joshua Summits (below).  I am fortunate to work with a great group of men and women in our Department (visit us all at https://www.gostaffordva.com/staff/).
 
As far as 2020 - Hold on to your seats.  We will continue to seek out new investments and new opportunities to help business grow in Stafford. 
 
Allow me to simply say, thank you to those I work with and wish all of you the best for 2020.  
Stafford EDT welcomes new Business Development Officer, Josh Summits
Joshua (Josh) Summits from Pennsylvania has joined the Stafford County Department of Economic Development and Tourism team as their new Business Development Officer.

Mr. Summits' has joined the Stafford team after spending 10+ years working for the City of Johnstown, Pennsylvania and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, his experiences focused on community and economic development, business expansion and attraction, as well as underwriting and packaging business financing loan packages.
 
MORE>> 
Stafford hoping to sell prime Centreport Parkway parcel
Stafford supervisors have transferred a prime piece of unused property along Interstate 95 to the county's Economic Development Authority for development, sale or transfer.
 
Joel Griffin, chairman of Stafford's Economic Development Authority, said an agent will be hired to market the property. Griffin hopes whatever business eventually lands there will generate job opportunities for county residents and revenue for the county.   Read more >> 

Stafford couple named top young farmers in Virginia

Quantico Cyber Hub Celebrates Their Grand Opening

SimVentions, Inc. Names Caliri President

Mission BBQ Collects Toys for Tots Donations

View our full list of articles
Retail/Restaurant Space For Lease 
591 Warrenton Road
Fredericksburg, VA 
- 5,326 SF Plug-in Ready 3-Star Retail Restaurant Space
- 200+ seats
-   Huge pylon sign in-place
-  Just off Interstate 95 at Exit 133
- Ample parking
- Zoned B-2 Commercial
 
 
Business Training Opportunities 
Germanna Community College 
Start Date: January 29  
 
Having a presence on social media is an integral part of marketing your business.  Your customers are already on Facebook and your business should be there too!  However, simply having a Facebook presence is only the beginning.  In this class, you will learn how to create and customize your business Facebook page, build your valuable readership, sell your "likeability," leverage your business, and engage readers.  
 
University of Mary Washington Continuing & Professional Studies 
Tuesday, February 11, 9am-4pm 
This course introduces participants to this key attributes of the generations currently in the workforce and provides strategies for managing and communicating across such divides, whether real or perceived. 
Business & Professional Writing I and Default
G ermanna Community College
Start Date:  February 13 
Participants in the class will reinforce how to write effective sentences and to make their writing vigorous, direct, and to the point. This class provides the student with resources and skills that can be immediately applied in the business or government environment.    
Federal Contracting Compliance
Germanna Community College
Start date:  February 11  
As the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world, the U.S. Government has created numerous compliance obligations.  This course will provide students with a foundational understanding of federal contracting, False Claims Act violations, risks, opportunities, and 10 best compliance practices.  Students will gain a unique understanding of what makes federal contracting compliance successful, how to recognize and mitigate conflicts of interests, and how to use various contracting compliance tools. 
Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism | 540-658-8681 econdev@staffordcountyva.gov | 1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555