February 2020 | GoStaffordVa.com
A genuine grassroots effort involving citizens, supervisors, businesses, local organizations and Stafford County staff came to fruition this week when Governor Ralph Northam announced Stafford County is the recipient of an $874,478 FY20 Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) grant. The grant will be used for a partnership between Stafford County and KGI Communications, LLC. to bring fixed wireless internet to unserved people in the Aquia/Marlborough Point and Griffis-Widewater peninsula. MORE>>
Stafford Receives Grant To Study Feasibility of making "Downtown Stafford" a testbed for Smart City 
As reported by Potomac Local News, Stafford County officials presented a plan that would radically change the county's courthouse neighborhood, making it a hotbed for new broadband technologies.

"Stafford is going to be ground zero for these things," said Tom Foley, Stafford County administrator. "There are two places in the state where the state government is investing - Arlington and Stafford."

The county is the recipient of a $100,000 grant to study the feasibility of making "Downtown Stafford" a testbed for a smart city.

The technology that would be employed in this effort would usher in a new level of 5G broadband service in the area around the county courthouse.  MORE>> 
What's Next? Stafford. - A message from John Holden
I cannot begin to tell you the immediate opportunities on the horizon.  There are opportunities for Stafford new residents and youth-for training and education in emerging cyber technology (CISSP training, see below).  There are opportunities for new positions in growing firms (GRIMM and others).  There are opportunities for valuable insights and training to launch your own business-and more coming.  And we are working on a number of projects to create more "community" and "place" in Stafford-not just Downtown Stafford but all across the County.  It is truly the time to ask, "What's Next"....    
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475 Aquia Towne Center Drive, Stafford, VA 22554
Cybersecurity Firm to Expand, Establish Headquarters in Stafford County
Governor Ralph Northam today that GRIMM, a cybersecurity engineering and consulting firm, will invest $435,000 to expand and establish a corporate headquarters operation in Stafford County, creating 23 new jobs. MORE>>

Traffic-flow improvements are coming to U.S. 1 in Stafford

NX Aviation secures Drone Flight Support Contracts

I-95 Study is Complete

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Available for Lease, Ground Lease, or Built-to-Suit  
Garrisonville Road & Parkway Boulevard  
46,060 square foot commercial development in NW Stafford 
- Zoned B-2, one of the least restrictive commercial zoning ordinances in Stafford County 
Retail spaces range from 1,200 to 23,500 square feet and pad sites are .77 - 1.33 acres
-  Located in a densely populated and high-income area with a population growth in excess of 12% since 2010 
Business Training Opportunities 
University of Mary Washington Continuing & Professional Studies 
February 26 to May 13
The UMW CISSP training course offers a thorough review of the (ISC)2 Body of Knowledge (BoK).  This BoK covers eight domains designed to help participants to design, engineer, and manage an organization's overall approach to security. 
UMW Small Business Development Center
February 26, 6-8:30 pm

This seminar provides the basic of self evaluation, the idea, defining the need, determining the feasibility, and what actions are necessary. 
Germanna Community College
March 18
This course introduces participants to the 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 
G ermanna Community College
Start Date:  April 23
The purpose of this class is to explore the differences between writing for personal and professional use, and to improve basic writing skills. 
Introduction to Export Controls
Germanna Community College
Start date:  April 28  
Export controls, International Traffic in Arms Regulation, Export Administration Regulation and Office of Foreign Assets Control regulate how defense products, civilian items, and related services are exported from the United States to other countries. 
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Stafford, VA 22555