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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Acquires an Additional Parcel for Phase Two of Development

Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Acquires an Additional Parcel for Phase Two of Development

X Corp Solutions (X Corp), a growing defense contractor headquartered in Stafford, commenced construction in April of the Cyber Security Center of Excellence (CSCE) located at Quantico Corporate Center. Fredericksburg and Stafford communities will have access to cybersecurity training, development and career opportunities through the Cyber Security Center CSCE upon its completion in summer of 2019. The acquisition of the adjacent 3.21 acres is a response to the surge of interest from local businesses, government entities and students.

Fredericksburg, Virginia (PRUnderground) February 14th, 2019

X Corp Solutions (X Corp), a growing defense contractor headquartered in Stafford, commenced construction in April of the Cyber Security Center of Excellence (CSCE) located at Quantico Corporate Center. Fredericksburg and Stafford communities will have access to cybersecurity training, development and career opportunities through the Cyber Security Center CSCE upon its completion in summer of 2019. The acquisition of the adjacent 3.21 acres is a response to the surge of interest from local businesses, government entities and students.

While under construction, the facility is already becoming known as the region’s premier location for cyber training, education, testing and workforce development. The 30,000 square foot center will house a true Cyber Ecosystem—the largest cybersecurity center in a HUBZone in the State of Virginia. Working in tandem with a university tenant, the center has been designed to create a pipeline of cyber professionals and students through lifelong education and training to certification. Additional space is available for collaborative efforts.

“The acquisition for phase two expansion is in line with several elements of strategic value to both X Corp Solutions as well as Quantico Corporate Center,” said Cesar Nader, CEO of X Corp Solutions. “Our project meets the growing need for office space and data center capability. As a government contractor, our facilities and acquisitions is strategically located for highly trained and relevant professional tracks in cybersecurity, intelligence, information technology and related areas like artificial intelligence, virtual reality modeling and simulation, quantum computing and even blockchain training and education. I believe this will be the nexus of the next economic boom in Stafford County.”

Ranked one of the top 10 fastest growing companies in Virginia in 2017 by Inc. 5000, X Corp Solutions is at the leading edge of the cybersecurity industry.

About Cybersecurity Center of Excellence

The American Cyber League Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CSCE), is currently under construction at the Quantico Corporate Center, and scheduled to open in the early summer 2019. This building will be a center of learning, research and development, and operations. It will make Fredericksburg the rival for places like Ashburn and Arlington where high demand for this need exists. The Center will provide small and large businesses—from academia to the private sector to government agencies—the opportunity to learn, collaborate, and utilize a unique cybersecurity domain ecosystem.


 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Fredericksburg RV Show March 1-2-3 marks the unofficial start of the Camping season

For Immediate Release
February 14, 2019

Fredericksburg RV Show March 1-2-3 marks the unofficial start of the Camping season

The areas top RV dealers will be under one roof at the Fredericksburg Expo Center offering the best pricing and incentives of the year.

Fredericksburg, VA. . . . Go where you want, when you want in an RV.   All Models and Best Deals of the year are at the Fredericksburg RV Show.  It only happens once a year. . .  The areas top RV dealers all in one location for the annual Fredericksburg RV show at the Fredericksburg Expo Center.  There will be 100’s of RVs on display from pop ups to luxury motor coaches representing almost 50 brands in all price ranges.

The Fredericksburg RV Show features the latest makes and models of RVs from the top manufacturers. Special factory rebates, financing, and on the spot loan approval makes this show a cannot miss for the new or experienced RV enthusiasts. The show will feature a variety of vendors, along with campgrounds  and everything you may need for your next RV vacation.

Whether you are an experienced camper wanting to upgrade your unit or are looking to get your first RV the Fredericksburg RV Show is the place to get the BEST DEAL of the year and find new campgrounds, accessories new RV products

Head on over to the annual Fredericksburg RV Show, at the Fredericksburg Expo Center on March 1-2-3.  Friday, March 1 is Senior $5 Ticket Day.  Tickets are good all weekend.  For more info or to get discounted tickets visit fredericksburgrvshow.com or check us out on Facebook.

This is still the BEST time and place to BUY an RV.  This is a Ballantine Management Group Production

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SHOW FACT SHEET:

14th Annual Fredericksburg  RV Show

Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center  
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
www.FredericksburgExpoCenter.com

Friday, March 1, 2019:  1pm-7pm
Saturday, March 2, 2019:  10am-7pm
Sunday, March 3, 2019:  11am-4pm

Website:  www.fredericksburgrvshow.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/fredericksburgrvshow 

Adults At Door:  $10  |  Adults Online:  $9*
Seniors (60+) At Door:  $9  |  Seniors (60+) Online:  $8*
Seniors $5 on Friday available at the Door only.
Children 12 & Under:  Free
Tickets Good all Weekend
*processing fees apply

Media Contact:
David Kerper
Ballantine Management Group
540-220-3766
dkerper@bmg1.com


 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Debby Girvan, President of Flair Communication, Awarded 2018 Clarion

Congratulations to Chamber Member, Debby Girvan, President of Flair Communication, on Receiving the 2018 Clarion for Website Design Excellence by The Association for Women in Communications!

Debby Girvan, President of Flair Communication, has received her third Clarion Award for website design excellence!

This year her design and development of a new website for Castiglia’s Italian Restaurant in Fredericksburg was the top entry in its category: "Online Media, New Website, Annual Budget of $15,000 or less". She produced the video, most of the images featured on the site, in addition to managing the design of the business' logo and branding. The competition drew entries from 20 states and two countries.

Learn more about Flair Communication

 


 

Monday, February 11, 2019

GEICO Surpasses Their $1 Million Fundraising Goal for Rappahannock United Way

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 2019
CONTACT – Brenda Sapanghila
BSapanghila@rappahannockunitedway.org  540-373-0041 x303 

GEICO SURPASSES THEIR $1 MILLION FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR RAPPAHANNOCK UNITED WAY 

Fredericksburg, VA - Rappahannock United Way is pleased to congratulate and thank GEICO for surpassing their $1,000,000 fundraising goal for 2018. GEICO’s United Way Campaign Committee in the Fredericksburg Region invests many hours into executing their fundraising plan. Nearly half of the 4,000 associates donated to meet the million dollar goal. 

“GEICO associates are dedicated to giving back to the community,” said Scott Markel, Regional Vice President of GEICO. “Partnering with Rappahannock United Way gives us the ability to magnify our impact and make long-lasting change for our community year after year.”

GEICO gives back to the Fredericksburg community in multiple ways through Rappahannock United Way. In 2018, GEICO associates hosted a community baby shower and book drive for part of Rappahannock United Way’s year round seasons of service.  Year round engagement ensures associates have multiple opportunities to give and get involved with community impact activities.  

“The way GEICO associates are giving back to our community is truly inspiring,” said Janel Donohue, President of Rappahannock United Way. “At Rappahannock United Way, we are able to take their donations and multiply the impact, turning that million dollars into a much higher value for those who need it. “

GEICO has been Rappahannock United Way’s Flagship Campaign (A Flagship Campaign raises a minimum of $500,000) since 2006. Rappahannock United Way invests donations into the community in the areas of Education, Healthy Living, and Financial Stability.

If your company is interested in starting an Employee Campaign please contact Grace Draper gdraper@rappahannockunitedway.org or call (540) 373-0041 x 318

About GEICO

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 27 million vehicles.

To make changes, report claims, print insurance cards and purchase additional products, policyholders can access their insurance policy here, connect via GEICO Mobilephone or by visiting a GEICO local agent.

Homeownersrenterscondo, flood, identity theft  and term life coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc.  Commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available.

Visit www.geico.com for a quote or to learn more.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

How Can I Be More Effective in My Community? - The Community Foundation Hosts Advocacy 101 Workshop

For Immediate Release

Contact:           Lisa Biever, Director of Donor Services
                        The Community Foundation
                        540.373.9292
                        lisa.biever@cfrrr.org

How Can I Be More Effective in My Community?
Tools to Make a Difference for the Causes You Care About – Advocacy 101 Workshop

Fredericksburg, VA - The Women and Girls Fund of the Community Foundation amplifies altruistic work by and for women in our region. Sign up now for a special workshop event next month – tickets are limited. Whatever her passion – education, transportation, poverty, the environment – this workshop will equip each participant to be an effective voice in her community.

The 3-hour Advocacy 101 Workshop will take place from 8:30 am - 11:30 am on March 30th at the Courtyard by Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District. Delivered by Kimberly Mitchem-Rasmussen of the Political Institute for Women, the nonpartisan workshop aims to educate, inform, and inspire women to be effective advocates for causes and issues they care about most. Prior registration is required – the cost is $60. Scholarships are available for women who have a financial barrier to participation. Find event details at www.cfrrr.org or contact Lisa Biever at lisa.biever@cfrrr.org or 540 373-9292 ext 121.

Mission

The Women and Girls Fund creates a culture of philanthropy to increase awareness and to address the unique needs of women and girls in our community. We are a community of strong and committed women funding local programs that enable women and girls to reach their full potential.

Background

The Women and Girls Fund is both a component fund of The Community Foundation and a local movement to involve women in philanthropy. Established by the 2008-2009 Community Foundation Board of Governors, this fund enriches the greater Fredericksburg region by addressing the needs of area women and girls.

By engaging and strengthening women from all walks of life, effective programs and services supported by the Women and Girls Fund can break the cycle of poverty and create healthier families and neighborhoods. Women who build on their strength have increased self-worth and are strong, positive role models for their children. Investment in girls yields still higher returns by increasing earning power and overall health among adult women, their families and their communities. These positive changes can last for generations.

Women and Girls Fund Membership

The Women and Girls Fund welcomes new members. The Community Foundation established the fund on the principle that investing in women and girls is a powerful way to invest in the local community. Through the fund, the talent, ideas and financial resources of area women are utilized to meet the critical needs of women and girls in our region. Over time, the Women and Girls Fund will grow to 1,000 women who, together, donate $1 million creating an endowment that makes future grant making a permanent, sustainable community asset.

There are a variety of membership options ...


 

Monday, February 11, 2019

SimVentions Awarded $52M Navy Contract

Press Release for Immediate Release

SIMVENTIONS AWARDED $52M 5-YEAR STRIKE WEAPONS SYSTEM ENGINEERING SUPPORT CONTRACT!

Fredericksburg, VA., 2-13-2019: On February 11th, 2019, the Navy awarded SimVentions with a five-year $52M prime contract to provide total systems engineering, software development, and test and evaluation capabilities to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD),Weapons Control and Integration Department (H), Strike Weapons Systems Division (H50), as well as to various Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) programs and projects. Projects include systems, software, cybersecurity, and test engineering, along with system analysis and modeling and simulation of a variety of weapons systems, weapon control systems, and warfare systems, most notably the Tomahawk Weapon System (TWS). SimVentions will also perform Requirements and InterfaceManagement; Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I); Cybersecurity Engineering; In-Service Systems and Fleet Support; Software Engineering Analysis, Design, and Development; System/Hardware Testing and Analysis; Configuration Management (CM); and System and Software Process Improvement.

“Our corporate motto is “Your Success is Our Honor™” and I find it amazing that by simply striving to live that out, day-in and day-out, reflecting it in every large and small task that we are blessed to perform – good things always seem to happen! We first began supporting Strike Weapons capabilities back in the 2010 time frame. We feel so blessed and excited to now be in a unique position to increase our support of current and future Strike Weapons capabilities…with the sole purpose and focus of making our NSWCDD customers, and ultimately our warfighters, highly successful,” says SimVentions CEO, Larry Root. “Our employees’ exceptional gifts, talents, and hard work, alongside our commitment to God, our country, and our customers, continues to bless and surprise us every day.”

SimVentions is always looking for qualified candidates across all disciplines to work in the Fredericksburg, VA; Dahlgren, VA; Charleston, SC; and Virginia Beach, VA areas. Apply online at https://www.simventions.com/careers/.

About SimVentions:

SimVentions’ corporate office is located at 100 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 123, in Fredericksburg (Stafford County), Virginia, 22406 and offers engineering and technology solutions to the Department of Defense, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. For additional information about SimVentions, please visit https://www.simventions.com/.


 

Friday, February 8, 2019

REC Names Director of Member Services

Date: February 8, 2019
Contact: Casey Hollins
Director of Communications and Public Relations 
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Names Director of Member Services

Fredericksburg, Va.  – David Johnson has recently been promoted to Director of Member Services for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC).

Johnson now directs the Cooperative’s contact center, billing and payments department, debt-recovery services, the advanced metering infrastructure, member information system, and member service training.

Johnson has nearly 10 years of experience in the utility industry. In his most recent role, David served as the key accounts executive where he helped existing businesses with energy management and worked to attract new economic development into the REC service territory. Prior to that role, Johnson was the demand response administrator and early in his career at REC, he served as the research analyst compiling, analyzing, and maintaining research data for the Cooperative.

Johnson received a master’s degree in business administration from Liberty University and a bachelor's degree in business administration­ from James Madison University. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Essex County.

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Chill Seekers Needed to Participate in Polar Plunge Festival Benefiting Special Olympics

Feb. 6, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Special Olympics Vice President Holly Claytor                                                                                        hclaytor@specialolympicsva.org
804.726.3025 (o); 804.370.7916 (cell)

Chill Out. There’s Another Chance to Plunge in NOVA!

Chill Seekers Needed to Participate in Polar Plunge® Festival benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, Feb. 23 at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse

Missed the Polar Plunge at Mosaic District last month? Don’t worry! There’s another chance to show off your cool in Northern Virginia; grab whatever costume floats your boat and join us for the Polar Plunge® Festival Feb. 23 at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse in Dumfries! We’ll be partying with hundreds of frozen friends, all to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia.

This year, we’re serving up:

  • live music to get you moving
  • a costume contest and parade
  • great food and drinks available all day at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse

Not to mention, the icy dip into the frosty Potomac with hundreds of your closest friends!

It's $100 to Plunge, but the more you raise, the cooler the prizes – like a fuzzy towel to warm up with post-plunge, your name on a boardwalk star (if you/your team raise more than $5000) and a custom banner for you to carry with you into the splash zone (one for each of the top 5 teams as of Feb. 16).

Ready to brrr-ave the wave? TEAM UP and register at www.polarplunge.com/tims-rivershore or call our NOVA office, 703.359.4301 x1, for more details.

The 2019 NOVA Polar Plunge® Festival is presented by the Prince William County Police Department, Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia.

This event is one of five Polar Plunge® Festivals in Virginia. In addition to the Tim’s Rivershore event, a plunge also will take place Feb. 23 in the New River Valley, and the Solar Plunge is set for June 8 in Richmond during our largest annual competition, Summer Games. Plungers kicked things off Jan. 19 in Fairfax at a brand new location (the Mosaic District); this plunge raised $33,000. Our biggest event in VA Beach took place Feb. 1-2 and raised $1.23 million for Special Olympics Virginia. For more details on any of the events, visit ​www.polarplunge.com. 

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About Special Olympics Virginia: Special Olympics Virginia is an accredited state program of Special Olympics Incorporated; an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports every day around the world. Through work in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics addresses inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. Visit us at www.specialolympicsva.org. Engage with us on Twitter @solympicsva; fb.com/specialolympicsvirginia; Instagram @specialolympicsva and youtube.com/specialolympicsva.

About Polar Plunge: Polar Plunge is a signature event that raises millions of dollars each year in Virginia and around the world to support Special Olympics programs. Virginia boasts 5 regional events in Virginia Beach, Richmond, Dumfries/Prince William County, Fairfax and the New River Valley. In 2018, Polar Plunge events raised in ...


 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Funds Available for Local Non-Profits - Deadline to Apply February 13

MEDIA RELEASE
Date: February 5, 2019 
Contact: Casey Hollins
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540) 891-5908, chollins@myrec.coop


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Funds Available for Local Non-Profits Deadline to Apply Feb. 13

 Fredericksburg, Va. – Is your local, non-profit organization planning a project, but lacking the funds? Do you know of an organization that has great ideas on how to serve the community, but needs the resources to make it happen? Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) member-driven charity, The Power of Change can help with that.

Any charitable, non-profit organization can apply. Simply go to www.myrec.coop, complete the application and submit it along with any necessary documentation.  It’s that easy!

Applications are due Wednesday, Feb. 13. Spread the word to your favorite service organization today!

The Power of Change supports a variety of groups including crisis support services, feeding families, environmental projects, and performing arts. The funds have impacted communities all across REC’s service territory, with substantial awards being given – depending on the project requirements. Will yours be next?

“The Power of Change is a way for our member-owners to give back to their communities,” explained Matt Faulconer, REC’s manager of external affairs. “Through their generous giving, they make the local communities a better place to live, work and play.”

REC provides electric service to over 168,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Warning! Huge change on the internet’s DNS.

What is the DNS? DNS is short for Domain Name System. You can think of it like a phone book for the internet. The internet operates through IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. The DNS translates what you type in your browser like, www.yahoo.com, and finds the IP address tied to that name and pulls up that site. This is very helpful because who wants to memorize a bunch of random numbers in order to pull up their favorite place to eat or read the news.

Recently, the DNS has been performing rather slow because we have been running on older standards to accommodate certain older DNS systems. On February 1st, 2019, several of the biggest DNS software and service providers like Google will move over to the newer standards. With this change, the DNS will be much more efficient and allow for better security against hackers. To the average internet user, you should have no issue and you can continue operating your computer and devices as normal. However, if you own a domain for your business to host your email, website, etc. then you should take caution.

 

For more info, please refer to this link: https://dnsflagday.net/#test-details

If you or your business is having troubles after February 1st, 2019, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by email or phone. (540) 242-3899 or chris@yourtechbox.com.


 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer’s Capital Markets Group Completes Sale of Northpointe Center Office

FRDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, January 31, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer’s Capital Markets Group has represented the seller in the disposition of Northpointe Center, a 37,000 square foot, multi-tenant office building, located at 2525 Pointe Center Court in Dumfries, Virginia. 

The purchaser acquired the asset on January 24, 2019 for $4,800,000. The property was 100% leased to six tenants at the time of the sale.  Negotiations were handled by Calvin Griffith in Thalhimer’s Richmond office and assisted by Jamie A. Scully, CCIM and Wilson H. Greenlaw, CCIM in Thalhimer’s Fredericksburg office.

Thalhimer has also been retained for exclusive leasing and property management. Wilson H. Greenlaw, CCIM, Jamie A. Scully, CCIM, and Brian Barasha are leading the leasing efforts, and Paul A. Spellman is the portfolio manager for the property.

For Further Information Contact:
Calvin Griffith
Associate, Capital Markets Group
+1 804 344 7158
calvin.griffith@thalhimer.com

 


 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Honors Business Leaders at 28th Annual Awards & Gala

Media Release
Date: Jan. 28, 2019
Media Contact:
Kristin Mills, Marketing & Communications Manager
kristin@fxbgchamber.org, 540-373-9537

 Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Honors Business Leaders at 28th Annual Awards & Gala

FREDERICKSBURG – The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce was pleased to award local businesses for their successes, entrepreneurial spirit, and community commitment at the 28th Annual Awards & Gala held Friday, January 25th at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Mike Adams won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which celebrates an innovative business owner who recognizes and meets a market need by successfully launching and developing a new business. As the owner of JON Properties, he has contributed to the revitalization of downtown through multiple commercial and residential projects. Of note is the renovation of the National Bank of Fredericksburg building as a home for Foode, and his George Street Brownstones.

Businesses of the Year Award

This award is presented to a company that balances business success with a dedication to improving the community’s quality of life.

Businets received the Small Business of the Year Award. Since the company began in 1995, it has navigated the fast-changing landscape of IT management, proving to be a local leader in business technology needs. In addition to IT, the company supports businesses via phone, cabling and video surveillance capabilities. Long employee tenure is credited to the company’s leadership style and has resulted in strong customer continuity.

Chancellor’s Village Retirement Community received the Large Business of the Year award. It has been in business in the region since the early 1990s. Originally part of the Mary Washington Healthcare suite of offerings, this retirement community is an area leader for others in the aging industry. Owned today by Senior Lifestyle, it operates independent and assisted living facilities on a 15-acre campus in Spotsylvania County.

Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award

Bill McAvinney won the Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award, which honors an individual who has provided a lifetime of service and commitment to the Fredericksburg region. It’s named for the former Mary Washington College president whose vision, integrity and dedication to serving others made him a pillar of the community.

McAvinney's work in the insurance and financial services industry has spanned more than three decades. He has also followed his passion of mentoring other men, particularly through his work with the Christian Business Men’s Connection. For more than 15 years, he has spearheaded one of the region’s largest events—the Fredericksburg Prayer Breakfast (formerly the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast)—which brings together 400 community members who pray for the community. Over the past year, he has served as the national president for CBMC, where he travels around the country in pursuit of its mission.

The Chamber thanks the sponsors of the 28th Annual Awards & Gala:
BB&T – Title Sponsor
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center – Hospitality Sponsor
Riverside Center Weddings and Events – Entertainment Sponsor
Central Park Corporate Center Rappaport – Garden Sponsor
Capital Ale House – Bar Sponsor
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Stratford Hall Presents Reading Lee Lecture with Historian Dennis Frye

For Immediate Release
Contact: Samantha Thomason
Community Relations Manager
samantha.thomason@crrl.org
FOR MEDIA ONLY

Stratford Hall Presents Reading Lee Lecture with Historian Dennis Frye

Fredericksburg, Virginia, January 25, 2019 - Stratford Hall presents Reading Lee: Robert E. Lee’s Great Expectation of 1862 with historian Dennis Frye on Friday, February 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at the Fredericksburg Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline Street, 22401. The lecture will last approximately an hour and will be followed by a question and answer segment. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Stratford Hall presents this annual lecture as part of the Reading Lee program, sponsored by the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation. This series features nationally recognized authors who present research and insights on Robert E. Lee.

The Confederacy was at its zenith, and Lee knew it. “The present seems to be the most propitious time since the commencement of the war for the Confederate Army to enter [the North],” wrote General Lee to President Davis on the first Wednesday of September, 1862. Confederate independence seemed possible, if not probable. Now was the moment. But two week later, Lee was in retreat; he had suffered his second defeat; and the South’s rising tide had collapsed. What happened?

Dennis Frye served for 20 years as Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Park. Upon retirement in 2018, Dennis earned the Department of Interior’s highest honor, the “Distinguished Service Award,” for his more than three decades with the National Park Service. Dennis has authored 11 books and 102 articles, writing for every major Civil War publication. His most recent works are: Antietam Shadows: Mystery, Myth & Machination, and September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril. Frye's book Harpers Ferry Under Fire: A Border Town during the Civil War won several national book awards. Dennis has appeared on numerous television and film documentaries, including the History Channel, A&E, C-SPAN, Fox News, the Military Channel, and Voice of America. His works include three Emmy Award winning shows that feature Antietam, Harpers Ferry, and Maryland during the Civil War. Dennis is a life-long resident of the Antietam area, and he and his wife Sylvia have restored and reside in General Burnside’s post-Antietam headquarters.

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For more information, contact Fredericksburg Branch Adult Services Department Head Alisha Barnes, alisha.barnes@crrl.org, 540-372-1144 ext. 7264.


 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Industrial Building Sells in McK Business Park in Spotsylvania County

Industrial Building Sells in McK Business Park in Spotsylvania County

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, January 25, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of Building A within McK Business Park located at 3000 Mine Road in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

The Lester Group, Inc. purchased the 57,600 square foot industrial property from MCK Company for $2,016,000 as an investment.

Wilson H. Greenlaw, Jr., CCIM and Virgil Nelson, CCIM of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

For Further Information Contact:
Wilson H. Greenlaw, Jr., CCIM
Vice President
+1 540 322 4156
wilson.greenlaw@thalhimer.com


 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Rappahannock United Way Helping Working Families Including Those Affected By the Government Shutdown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 2019
CONTACT – Brenda Sapanghila
BSapanghila@rappahannockunitedway.org  540-373-0041 x303

Rappahannock United Way Helping Working Families Including Those Affected By the Government Shutdown

Fredericksburg ( January 23, 2019 ) –  Rappahannock United Way’s  ALICE Emergency Assistance Fund has provided emergency financial assistance for hard working households for many years and could also be a resource for those affected by the government shutdown; not just federal workers.

The ALICE Emergency Assistance Fund

In order to best assist hard working households, Rappahannock United Way created The ALICE Emergency Assistance Fund.  Its purpose is to provide financial assistance to cover the cost of basic needs of housing and transportation (if required for employment) for households by providing one-time assistance to eligible applicants. Financial assistance should be provided with the intent of assisting households to overcome financial crisis, prevent homelessness, and stabilize housing (rent/mortgage/deposit/car repair). 

“We have helped many families over the years,” – Janel S Donohue, President of Rappahannock United Way said “Covering mortgage and rent payments to those who have experienced a job loss or other life event like illness or divorce.  Also car repairs to help individuals continue to go to work.  Keeping a roof over people’s heads and maintaining their ability to work and provide for their families.”

United Way staff is including financial hardships created by the government shutdown to the long list of ‘life events’ that can have a negative impact on a household’s financial stability.

ALICE households earn more than the official US Poverty Level but less than the basic cost of living including housing, childcare, healthcare and transportation.  ALICE households are not typically eligible for financial assistance and other community resources. Some households become ALICE due to an unforeseen life event; a life-altering health diagnosis, a job loss, a substantial loss of income due to a government shutdown, or family crisis such as divorce or a death.

 Who is ALICE?
United Way recognized years ago that there is an often overlooked section of our population that needs assistance. This group has been given the acronym, ALICE®, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. These are our families, neighbors, and colleagues (men and women) who work hard, earn above the federal poverty level, but not enough to afford a basic household budget.

Give Help – if you would like to support United Way’s assistance to working families you can make a donation to the Emergency Assistance Fund .

Website : www.rappahannockunitedway.org/donate-to-ruw/
Text: RUWcares  To: 41444
Call: (540) 373-0041 x 300

Get Help -  In addition to the Emergency Assistance Fund, we offer free tax preparation, free financial coaching, and more. If you are in need of assistance, please call (540) 373-0041 x 300 or visit: www.rappahannockunitedway.org/get-help/individual/

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Thalhimer’s Capital Markets Group Completes Sale of The Shops at River Club in Fredericksburg

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer’s Capital Markets Group Completes Sale of The Shops at River Club in Fredericksburg

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, January 21, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer’s Capital Markets Group has represented the seller in the disposition of The Shops at River Club, a 54,773 square foot, grocery anchored retail center located at 10865 Tidewater Trail in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The property has been anchored by Weis’ Markets since October of 2016 and was 98% leased at the time of the sale to a diverse roster of regional and local small shop tenants including VA ABC, Subway and The Tidewater Animal Hospital.

The purchaser, River Crossing, LLC Inc. of Ocean City, NJ, acquired the asset on January 16, 2019 for $7,000,000 ($128 per square foot) from a local Fredericksburg development firm.  Sale negotiations were handled by Catharine Spangler and Calvin Griffith of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer’s Capital Markets Group in Richmond, and were assisted by Jim Ashby in Richmond and Sharon Schmidt in Thalhimer’s Fredericksburg office. 

For Further Information Contact:
Catharine Spangler
Senior Vice President, Capital Markets Group
+1 804 344 7140
catharine.spangler@thalhimer.com                              


 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Brisben Center Joins global network to RESOLVE poverty

Brisben Center Joins global network to RESOLVE poverty 

Frederickburg, VA, January 16, 2018— The Brisben Center homeless shelter has joined the Economic Mobility Exchange—a global anti-poverty network of non-profits, foundations, academic institutions, human service providers, and government agencies. Exchange members advance a groundbreaking, evidence-based approach to combat poverty, helping low-income people achieve and sustain economic independence.

The Exchange is organized and supported by Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), of which the Brisben Center is serving as the first partner in the Fredericksburg Region. Joining with over 115 Economic Mobility partners across the United States, the Brisben Center is dedicated to providing temporary shelter for hundreds of homeless each year while advancing the economic mobility of its residents with a Mobility Mentoring®-informed approach. The Brisben Center will support 30 low-income heads of household in the first year of using the approach.

Mobility Mentoring helps low-income people focus on, and achieve, future-oriented goals. It works by pairing them with trained mentors—who use a coaching method informed by the latest brain science—to set, reach, and sustain results-based goals. Mobility Mentoring has received national recognition for helping poor families make big gains in education, employment, and personal finance.

“This is a great fit for some of our residents,” said David Cooper, the Brisben Center’s executive director.  “Oftentimes, we help hard-working folks leave the shelter for housing yet see them continue to struggle because they haven’t managed to resolve the root causes of their poverty.  Mobility Mentoring and the Economic Mobility Exchange help people address these causes directly.” 

Building upon a lengthy history of successes, EMPath  launched the Economic Mobility Exchange in 2014 with 14 members and has since grown to more than 115 organizations across the United States and internationally. Last year, Exchange members served 48,000 people with a Mobility Mentoring-informed approach.

“Escaping poverty is more complex than ever,” said Elisabeth D. Babcock, President & CEO of EMPath. “The latest brain science research tells us that poverty puts chronic stress on parents and children, impairing skills like planning and decision-making. Thankfully, a growing number of organizations recognize the problem and want to do something about it. The Brisben Center does invaluable work. I’m pleased they’ve joined.”

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The Thurman Brisben Center is the largest full-service, emergency homeless shelter in the Fredericksburg region.  Staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it provides a safe and secure temporary residence for up to 80 women, children, and men at a time.  In addition to food and shelter, the Center provides intensive case management and other services that enable residents to resolve their crises and move back into housing.  For 30 years, the Thurman Brisben Center has been a critical port in the storm for those experiencing homelessness in our community. 


 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Latest Addition of the Award Winning MyStafford Portal

Stafford County Commissioner of the Revenue Scott Mayausky is pleased to announce the latest addition to the award winning MyStafford Portal.  The Stafford Commissioner’s office has developed the first online filling system for tangible business property taxes in the region. 

This simple e-filing system will allow you to create and maintain your business account online eliminating the cumbersome paper tax returns of the past.  By maintaining your tax history in MyStafford you will not have to fill out an asset list and mail it to our office every year.  By simply loging into your account you can add or delete items with the click of a mouse or upload an asset list and send it to us electronically.

For more information, please visit the webpage for the Commissioner of the Revenue and click on the E-Filing Portal link.  You can find directions there or you can watch the short tutorial video. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpCXGnwHmLA&t=55s


 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Scholarship Application Now Available

MEDIA RELEASE
Date:   January 14, 2019
Contact:          Brian Wolfe
                             Senior Public Relations Specialist
                             540-891-5914, news@myrec.coop FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Scholarship Application Now Available

Fredericksburg, Va. — Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is now accepting applications for its 2019 Community Scholarship program. REC is offering one-time $1,000 scholarships to current college students, current high school seniors and students applying to or enrolled in a trade school. 

Eligible applicants must:

  • Have a parent or guardian who is an REC member-owner (meaning they receive electric service from the Cooperative) or be an REC member-owner themselves.
  • Be a senior in high school or a college student in Virginia.
  • Be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in an accredited institution or training program.

“A scholarship from REC can be a significant stepping stone to a student’s future,” said Brian Wolfe, REC’s Community Scholarship program coordinator and senior public relation specialist. “The scholarships we award are just one of the many ways we support our local communities. Reaching out to offer assistance to our youth is making an important contribution to everyone’s future.”

The deadline to apply is Jan. 28, 2019. Applications must be completed online at www.myrec.coop/scholarships. For additional information on the Community Scholarship program, contact REC’s Brian Wolfe at 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914 or community@myrec.coop.

Interested students must complete the application and write an essay. Final selection for these scholarships will be made by a committee based upon the applicant’s scholastic achievement, community involvement, recommendations, extracurricular activities and interest in community affairs.  Recipients of the scholarship will be announced by the end of April 2019.  All eligible students are encouraged to apply.

REC provides electric service to over 168,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

La Cage aux Folles and Winnie-The-Pooh Playing at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

La Cage aux Folles and Winnie-The-Pooh Playing at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

La Cage aux Folles:

The Riverside Center for the performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia is excited to present The Tony award winning La Cage aux Folles beginning January 9th and running until Sunday, March 3rd. The original 1983 Broadway production received nine nominations for Tony Awards and won six. The 2010 Broadway revival was nominated for eleven Tony Awards, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Based on the French play and retold in the Robin Williams movie, The Bird Cage, the Jerry Herman Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles is the story of a gay couple who must pretend to be straight for one night - with one of the men in drag - to dupe the conservative political family of their son's fiancée. Featuring songs, "I Am What I Am," "With Ann on My Arm," and "The Best of Times."

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts Producing Artistic Director, Patrick A’Hearn is pleased to announce a terrific cast starring Gabe Belyeu as Albin, and Christopher Sanders as Georges. The cast also includes John Matthew Flemming (Jean-Miche), Anthony Cosby (Jacob), Stephanie Wood (Anne), Robert Beard (Edouard Dindon/Monsieur Renaud), Carol Hagy (Marie Dindon/Mme. Renaud), Andrea Kahane (Jacqueline), Colby LeRoy (Francis), Sally Roehl (Collette), Alan Hoffman (Tabarro), Benjamin Brackley (Chantal), Joshua James Crawford (Phaedra), Thomas Delgado (Mercedes), Andrew Prowant (Angelique), Kevin Taylor (Hanna), and Kyle Fleig (Bitelle).

The creative team is led by Director/Choreographer and Broadway veteran, Patti D’Beck with Music Director and Conductor Garrett Jones. Costumes designed by Kyna Chilcot, with Sound Designs by George Ligon. The Production Stage Manager is RaeAnna Hammerbacker, and Ronald Keller is the Scenic Designer. Our creative team is complete with Lighting Designer, Mike Jarett, and Properties Master & Set Dresser, Bridgid Burge.

For tickets, contact the box office at (540) 370-4300 or go online at riversidedt.com. Regular price tickets: $40-$69. Discounted senior and group rates are available, as well as student rush tickets (with valid student ID). Evening performances start at 7:30pm with dinner service beginning at 5:30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Matinee performances start at 1:30pm with dinner service beginning at 11:30am on Wednesday and 3:00pm on Sunday with dinner service beginning at 1:00pm.

***New Friday Night Magic*** Arrive at 7pm with your friends and purchase a cocktail or light fare menu item and enjoy the show. Show only ticket is just $50.00. Great for those who do not have time to arrive at 5:30 for an entire meal before hand. Friday Night Magic is scheduled for January 18 and 25.

Winnie-The-Pooh:

The Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia is happy to present the classic heartwarming story of “Winnie-The-Pooh” opening January 19th and running until Saturday, March 2nd. Including a "Sensory Friendly Performance" on Saturday, February 16.

Winnie-the-Pooh, the famous bear of very little brain, is singing happily when the terrible trouble begins! Eeyore has lost his tail. Rabbit is worried ...


 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Youth Tour Applications Available From Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

MEDIA RELEASE
Date:   January 15, 2019
Contact:          Brian Wolfe
                       Senior Public Relations Specialist
                       (540) 891-5914, news@myrec.coop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Youth Tour Applications Available From Rappahannock Electric Cooperative 

High School Juniors: What if you had a chance to learn leadership skills, hang out with peers from across the country - and have fun along the way? And what if all of that came rolled up into a neat, weeklong package in Washington, D.C.? Sounds pretty good, right? And what if we told you this experience is FREE? By now you should be thinking, 'Let's do this thing!"

Here's how it works: Each year, REC sends eight students from across its service territory to a national conference called "Youth Tour." Participants learn about the electric industry and cooperatives, meet members of Congress, tour historic sites in the District, attend a performance at the Kennedy Center; and even take in a Major League Baseball game. All the while you'll be surrounded by students - 1,800 of them - from across the United States.

As Youth Tour alumnus Jeremy Petrie of Sherando High School in Frederick County said: "We went to so many great places, met so many people and I know I’ve made lifelong friends." Want to see for yourself? To take a virtual look at Youth Tour and learn more from former participants, check out this video: https://tinyurl.com/recyouthtour

How to apply: Applications for REC’s Youth Tour are due Feb. 4, 2019. Completed applications can be dropped off at any REC office, faxed, emailed, or postmarked by the deadline.  To learn more and access the application, visit www.myrec.coop/youthtour or contact Brian Wolfe, REC’s senior public relations specialist, at 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914 or community@myrec.coop.

REC provides electric service to over 168,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces Hen Asem Program Series and Kick Off Event

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                           01/09/2019
Theresa Cramer
Education & Public Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA  22404
Phone: 540-371-3037 x 138
tcramer@famcc.org
www.famva.org

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces Hen Asem Program Series and Kick Off Event 

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is hosting a year-long program series titled, Hen Asem. Derived from the akan/twi words of the Ghanaian language, Hen Asem means “Our Story.”  Programming will include a lineup of performances, workshops, lectures, school events, and family programming focused on African American stories, with attention to the beginning of the passage of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This series hopes to bring Fredericksburg closer to its African connections.

The 115th US Congress Resolution (HR 1242), passed by the House on May 1, 2017, established the 400 Years of African American History Commission to develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, VA, in 1619. Virginia officially kicked off the state commemoration in October, and the FAM’s programming supports not only the state’s commemoration, but also the National. In addition, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that 2019 is the “Year of Return” for descendants of all Africans captured and transported to the Americas as slaves. FAM’s programming aims to bring these international initiatives to the local level. 

Hen Asem will kick off on Wednesday, February 6th from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at the FAM. Mr. Michael Carter Jr., Hen Asem’s committee chairman, will introduce “The Year of Return” and the Hen Asem program series. This event is free although, registration is encouraged. Please contact Theresa Cramer, tcramer@famcc.org, or 540-371-3037, ext. 138 to reserve a spot.

This pivotal program series is graciously sponsored by the City of Fredericksburg. Support provided by the City enables FAM’s Hen Asem committee to present quality cultural and educational programming in an effort to unify and better understand our diverse community and history.

“This program’s theme echoes what I have been saying for some time, we have so many untold stories of who we are –lets work together to tell them!  I am happy the City is partnering with the Fredericksburg Area Museum to continue an important community conversation about our complete history,” stated City of Fredericksburg Councilmember Chuck Frye. 

City of Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw also stated, “This program is well timed to compliment the work our community has taken on with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience over the past year, and its launch in Black History month is appropriate.  The City is proud to partner in this program offering.”  

For more information on this event, or for additional programming information, please contact the Museum at 540-371-3037, or visit us at www.famcc.org.  The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the history, heritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region. We serve a diverse community through a commitment to inclusion, integrity, credibility, and relevance.


 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Visionary Member, Paul Milde, President of CIP Finishes, Published in Chief Executive

Paul Milde, Visionary Member and President of CIP Finishes, was recently published in Chief Executive, a national publication for business executives. An excerpt of his publication, Executives Must Play A Role In Solving America's Problems, is below. Read the full article at the link on the bottom of the page. 

"Jeff Cunningham’s Nov. 6 Chief Executive piece (“For CEOs on Election Day, Politics is no Party”) calls for business executives 'to use their formidable skills for an uncharted mission in politics has all the uncertainty of an Elon Musk moonshot, but none of the glory.' 

As an executive who has served 12 years in local elected office, I can confirm that politics is an often thankless job, and that CEOs who approach the task with the idea that their management expertise will get the clunky wheels of government moving like a finely tuned machine will learn quickly just how hard that is.

I think the reason we are seeing more calls for CEOs to take a stand on hot-button political issues is that we have a vast leadership vacuum in this country. But I would agree with the statement in the article that “business leaders should not confuse running a business with writing a blog.”

There’s no question that we have an overabundance of opinionators competing for airspace in the modern media environment. What we are lacking, though, are people who can move us forward, not with words, but with thoughtful actions and solutions. That’s where I believe highly qualified executives have a critical role to play in solving the problems that our country faces..."

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Promotions for Commercial Property Services

For Immediate Release

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer Announces Promotions for Commercial Property Services

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, January 7, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the following promotions for their Commercial Property Services Group:

VICE PRESIDENT:

Mary Kaye Willis has been promoted to Vice President. Mary Kaye joined Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer in 2014 as Portfolio Manager. She was promoted to Director, Property Services in 2016 responsible for leading property management operations in the Charlottesville and Western Virginia markets. In addition to her leadership responsibilities, she manages a commercial portfolio for some of the firm’s key clients.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR:

Melody Almonte, CPM has been promoted to Associate Director. Melody joined Thalhimer’s Commercial Property Services Group in their Virginia Beach office in January 2016 as Portfolio Manager and was promoted to Senior Portfolio in February 2018. Melody’s responsibilities will include not only managing a portfolio of retail and office for several key clients, but assisting with the overall strategic direction, objectives, and operations of the Hampton Roads market. 

Ann Allen has been promoted to Associate Director.  Ann has been a Senior Portfolio Manager in Thalhimer’s Fredericksburg office since 2014 and was promoted to Team Lead in 2018 leading and overseeing the Fredericksburg maintenance team. She has been with Thalhimer for 14 years and was part of the Sullivan Properties team who merged with Thalhimer in 2005, where she manages a portfolio consisting of office, retail, and industrial.  Ann’s responsibilities will include not only continuing to manage for some of the firm’s key clients, but assisting with leading the overall strategic direction, objectives, and operations of the Fredericksburg market.

SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER:

Chrissy Price, ACoM has been promoted to Senior Portfolio Manager. Chrissy joined Thalhimer’s Roanoke office in August 2016 as Portfolio Manager, where she manages a commercial portfolio of office, retail, and industrial.  

Jason Crowder has been promoted to Senior Portfolio Manager. Jason joined Thalhimer’s Richmond office in May 2018 as Portfolio Manager, where he manages a commercial portfolio of office, retail, industrial, and medical.

PORTFOLIO MANAGER/TEAM LEAD:

Paul Spellman has been promoted to Portfolio Manager/Team Lead. Paul joined Thalhimer’s Commercial Property Services Group in their Fredericksburg office in January 2018 as Portfolio Manager. He manages a commercial portfolio consisting of office, retail, and industrial.  He will continue to manage properties for several key clients, while leading and overseeing the maintenance team in Fredericksburg. 

For Further Information Contact:
Curtis M. Mummau, CPM, CAM, CAM-T
Senior Vice President
+1 804 697 3427
curtis.mummau@thalhimer.com


 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Recent Lease Transactions in the Fredericksburg Area

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports the following recent lease transactions in the Fredericksburg area for the month of December:

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Sav-A-Lot Liquidations, LLC leased 16,400 square feet of retail space in Four Mile Fork Shopping Center at 5099 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM and Adam Nelson handled the lease negotiations.

Southeast Cabinetry & Countertops, LLC leased 14,588 square feet of industrial space in Fredericksburg Center B at 11900 Main St., Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations.

Doss Junk leased 5,000 square feet of warehouse space at 311 Central Rd., City of Fredericksburg, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations.

Masego Inc. leased 2,574 square feet of office space in Central Park Corporate Center at 1320 Central Park Blvd., City of Fredericksburg, VA. Jamie A. Scully, CCIM and Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

GBX Consultants renewed its lease of 2,573 square feet of office space in Brafferton Square Business Park at 306 Garrisonville Rd., Stafford County, VA. Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

Advance America renewed its lease of 2,520 square feet of retail space in Plank Road Plaza at 3940 Plank Rd., Spotsylvania County, VA. Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

Alliance Therapy Center leased 2,350 square feet of office space at 1701 Fall Hill Ave., City of Fredericksburg, VA. Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the tenant.

GAAS leased 2,000 square feet of industrial space in Quarles Warehouse at 101 Juliad Ct., Stafford County, VA. Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

Commonwealth EMS, LLC renewed its lease of 2,000 square feet of industrial space in Quarles Warehouse at 101 Juliad Ct., Stafford County, VA. Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

Designer Software Inc. renewed its lease of 1,936 square feet of office space in Jackson Square Office Park at 4601-4621 Carr Dr., Spotsylvania County, VA. Jamie A. Scully, CCIM and Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

Anchor HR Solutions, Inc. and Anchor Total HR LLC leased 1,577 square feet of office space in Central Park Corporate Center at 1380 Central Park Blvd., City of Fredericksburg, VA. Jamie A. Scully, CCIM and Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

Richard Brooks leased 1,500 square feet of industrial space in Fred II Warehouses at 4917 Commerce Dr., Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations.

Beauty & Barber Shop renewed its lease of 1,170 square feet of retail space in Lee’s Hill Retail Center at 10651-10673 Spotsylvania Ave., Spotsylvania County, VA. Joby Saliceti and Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

Creative Clippers is relocating two doors down in Jackson Square Office Park to 4601-4621 Carr Dr., Spotsylvania County, VA, which is 1,068 square feet. Jamie A. Scully, CCIM and Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

T&L Construction leased a 12,000 square foot storage lot at on Houser Drive, Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations.

Premier Towing & Recovery Services LLC leased a 12,000 square foot storage lot on Houser Drive, Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease ...


 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Freestanding Retail Building Sold in City of Fredericksburg

Freestanding Retail Building Sold in City of Fredericksburg

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, January 2, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of 2201 Lafayette Blvd. in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

I Thee Wed, LLC sold the 7,525 square foot freestanding retail property, situated on 0.51 acres, to an undisclosed purchaser for $725,000 as an investment.

Virgil G. Nelson, CCIM of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller and Mike Degen represented the purchaser.

About Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer

Thalhimer was founded in 1913 and currently has offices in Richmond, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg, VA; and Charleston, Greenville, SC.  The company has over 100 broker professionals and employs over 400 associates. Thalhimer represents, on behalf of its clients, a property portfolio of over 53 million leasable square feet, and management of nearly 25 million square feet of commercial property, and over 7,250 multifamily units.  In 2017 Thalhimer completed over 2,000 transactions with a transactional volume over $1.3 billion.  Thalhimer is the region’s leading provider of comprehensive commercial real estate services.  The firm offers comprehensive commercial real estate services including corporate services, investment sales, tenant representation, project management, asset management, and the sale and leasing of office, industrial and retail properties.  
To learn more, visit www.thalhimer.com or follow @Thalhimer on Twitter.

Independently Owned and Operated / A Member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value by putting ideas into action for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with 48,000 employees in approximately 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2017, the firm had revenue of $6.9 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, advisory and other services. To learn more, visit www.cushmanwakefield


 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Warehouse Property Sells in Spotsylvania County

Warehouse Property Sells in Spotsylvania County

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, January 2, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of 57 Joseph Mills Drive in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

Payne Trucking Company purchased the 38,015 square foot warehouse property situated on 5.25 acres from Georgia Foam Association, LLC for $1,600,000 as an investment.

Virgil G. Nelson, CCIM of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

About Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer

Thalhimer was founded in 1913 and currently has offices in Richmond, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg, VA; and Charleston, Greenville, SC.  The company has over 100 broker professionals and employs over 400 associates. Thalhimer represents, on behalf of its clients, a property portfolio of over 53 million leasable square feet, and management of nearly 25 million square feet of commercial property, and over 7,250 multifamily units.  In 2017 Thalhimer completed over 2,000 transactions with a transactional volume over $1.3 billion.  Thalhimer is the region’s leading provider of comprehensive commercial real estate services.  The firm offers comprehensive commercial real estate services including corporate services, investment sales, tenant representation, project management, asset management, and the sale and leasing of office, industrial and retail properties.  
To learn more, visit www.thalhimer.com or follow @Thalhimer on Twitter.

Independently Owned and Operated / A Member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value by putting ideas into action for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with 48,000 employees in approximately 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2017, the firm had revenue of $6.9 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, advisory and other services. To learn more, visit www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter.


 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Brisben Center Enlists Private School to Head Up School Snack Program for Resident Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 31, 2018

Contact: Dee Hwang 
Phone: 540-848-0032 
Email: dhwang@fredericksburgacademy.org
Website: fredericksburgacademy.org.

BRISBEN CENTER ENLISTS PRIVATE SCHOOL TO HEAD UP SCHOOL SNACK PROGRAM FOR RESIDENT CHILDREN WITH GREAT SUCCESS 

Fredericksburg Academy Partners with the Thurman Brisben Center on Program for Local Elementary Students 

Fredericksburg, VA, December 31, 2018—The Thurman Brisben Center, the largest full-service, year-round, residential emergency homeless center in the Fredericksburg region, provides a safe and secure temporary residence for area homeless, staffed 24-hours per day, 365 days per year. The Center is a critical port in the storm for those experiencing homelessness in our community, including many children.  

There are approximately 20 children aged K-Grade 5 residing in the Center at any given time. The Center provides three hot meals each day for these children, like all residents, and also has a large outdoor playground, computer lab, and indoor TV and playroom where they can simply be kids outside of school.

The increasing number of single-mothers and children needing assistance from the Center has caused them to expand their community partnerships to meet the physical and emotional needs of growing families. The recently announced Nutrition Coalition spearheaded by Center Director David Cooper is one such effort, where Cooper has organized a group of local experts to help residents learn healthy eating and cooking practices.  

A School Snack Program for resident children is the latest example of how the Brisben Center provides nutritious foods for its residents while helping them preserve their dignity. Volunteer Director Joe Hargrove saw an opportunity to give the Center children greater confidence at school by having their own snacks to bring each day. He invited Fredericksburg Academy to head up a collection drive for the program because FA’s second grade, under the direction of second grade teacher Debbie Grabfelder, has delivered surprise snacks in the past and made the Center a beneficiary of annual school-wide fundraising efforts.

Within 2-weeks of announcing the partnership to Fredericksburg Academy families, more than enough snacks had been collected to see Center children through the remainder of the school year. The Spotsylvania Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints also supported the effort thanks to an FA Lower School family connection. Hargrove says this about the program and partnership, 
“I saw an opportunity for kids to help kids. This Snack Program will help children residing at the Brisben Center carry themselves with confidence at school by having their own snack for snack time. So much of what we do at the Center is geared toward helping those we serve maintain their dignity and it’s especially rewarding to do this for our youngest residents.”

Fredericksburg Academy Head of School Karen Moschetto says the Academy plans to continue supporting the snack drive and that the second grade plans to make the Brisben Center its official community partner and will pursue ways to connect their classroom learning in service to the Center.


 

Friday, December 21, 2018

Rappahannock Goodwill Generates Over Eighty Million Dollars in Economic and Fiscal Benefits to VA

Press Release 
Contact:Julie Rettinger, Vice President, Branding & Chief Administrative Officer
540-371-3070
julie.rettinger@FredGoodwill.org

Rappahannock Goodwill Generates Over Eighty Million Dollars in Economic and Fiscal Benefits to Virginia

Fredericksburg, VA – In research conducted by the Elliot D. Pollack organization, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) was found to have had an $80.8 million impact on the communities served and the Commonwealth in 2017. While the study did not include real estate and personal property taxes paid by Rappahannock Goodwill, RGI did pay $177,577 in real estate taxes and an additional $46,513 in personal property taxes in 2017.

In 2017, the average wage at placement for individuals served by Goodwill was $11.25 an hour. There were a total of 1,601 placements in 36 different industries, led by retail, food and beverage, health care, construction, and transportation. As of December 31, 2017, RGI had 617 employees.

The economic impact from those jobs essentially created $80,800,000 in economic output (analogous to GDP) because of Rappahannock Goodwill’s efforts in providing employment and training opportunities for individuals seeking work. In addition, sales and income taxes paid as a result of these jobs totaled $2,778,750 in fiscal impact to Virginia. This compares with $54,700,000 in economic output and $2,074,000 in taxes generated only three years ago in 2014. 

"Economic impact is an impressive measure of the work Rappahannock Goodwill does by helping persons with barriers to employment find work,” says Donnie Tolson, President & CEO. “What these numbers can’t tell you is the positive impact having a job has on individuals, their families, and our community. We refer to this as the Power of Work.”

The Pollack Company uses the IMPLAN© system, which was created more than 20 years ago for economic impact modeling at local and regional levels and is widely used by private business and governments at all levels to estimate economic impact.

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About Rappahannock Goodwill

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization that serves the City of Fredericksburg and a 12-county region. It provides work opportunities and job training to people with barriers to employment, particularly those with disabilities. Its operations include a commercial laundry, off-site custodial and administrative services, a packaging and assembly operation, Taskforce Staffing, ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning for Good, several Job Help Centers, thirteen Goodwill stores, a Goodwill Outlet, and numerous Attended Donation Centers.


 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

REC Names New Director of Vegetation Management Services

MEDIA RELEASE

Date:              Dec. 19, 2018

Contact:         Casey Hollins

                       Director of Communications and Public Relations

                       540-891-5908, chollins@myrec.coop

REC Names New Director of Vegetation Management Services

Fredericksburg, Va. – Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has promoted Cindy Musick to director of Vegetation Management Services. In her new role, Musick will direct REC’s professional foresters and contractor crews who are responsible for maintaining the Cooperative’s rights of way.

Musick brings extensive experience to her new role, including the past six years as a forester working out of REC’s Blue Ridge office. Prior to joining REC, Musick spent 11 years at Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) and worked at Hawaiian Electric. She has worked with the Bureau of Land Management in Montana and the U.S. Forest Service in West Virginia. Musick has written several nationally published articles about proper vegetation management techniques. She has served as an adjunct instructor of biology at Marymount University and as a forestry researcher at Virginia Tech.

Musick earned a bachelor of science in Forest Resources Management from West Virginia University and a master of science in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently pursuing a doctor of philosophy degree in forestry from West Virginia University. Musick is an International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborist and a utility-certified arborist. Musick serves as a board member for Trees Virginia and for the mid-Atlantic chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

Active in her community, she serves as vice president on the board of directors for Sleepy Hollow Bath and Racquet in Falls Church. She lives in Fairfax County with her husband, Frank, and their two teenage sons.

REC provides electric service to over 168,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 


 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

REC Names New Manager of Member Services

MEDIA RELEASE

Date:              Dec. 19, 2018

Contact:         Casey Hollins

                       Director of Communications and Public Relations

                       540-891-5908, chollins@myrec.coop

REC Names New Manager of Member Services

Fredericksburg, Va. – Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has promoted S. Kris Sieber to manager of member services. In her new role, Sieber will manage member connections across the service territory, energy use information and advice, and supporting the success of businesses served by REC.

Sieber brings 30 years of experience in the electric industry, including the past 17 at REC, where she served as director of member services. Before joining REC, Sieber worked as the director of major gift contributions at the United Way of Richmond, as a design technician in the engineering department at Northern Neck Electric Cooperative and in various engineering, marketing and customer-service roles at Dominion Virginia Power.

Sieber earned a bachelor of science in business administration from Old Dominion University and a master of business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

An active volunteer in her community, Sieber serves on the United Way Leadership Team and as chairman of the Fredericksburg SPCA board. She’s also a mentor for Leadership Fredericksburg. In 2019, Sieber will serve as member service chairman of the Association of Large Distribution Cooperatives. She lives in Spotsylvania County.

REC provides electric service to over 168,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

REC Names New Manager of Western Region

MEDIA RELEASE

Date:              Dec. 19, 2018

Contact:         Casey Hollins

                       Director of Communications and Public Relations

                       540-891-5908, chollins@myrec.coop

REC Names New Manager of Western Region

Fredericksburg, Va. – John Arp was recently promoted as manager of western region for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC). In his new role, Arp will oversee the operations, design and construction departments in REC’s western territory, which stretches from just north of Charlottesville to Winchester and from Spotsylvania County to the slopes of the Shenandoah Mountains. 

Arp brings 19 years of electric utility experience to his new position. He joined REC in 2012 as a staff electrical engineering supervisor and most recently served as director of system planning and engineering design. Prior to coming to REC, he worked 13 years for Allegheny Energy, which became First Energy in 2012, as a system planning engineer.

Arp holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Tennessee Technological University and has worked as a journeyman electrician. He earned his professional engineer certifications in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Arp lives with his wife, Melissa, and two teenage sons in Spotsylvania County.

REC provides electric service to over 168,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

SimVentions Announces Corporate Sponsorship of Fredericksburg Baseball

Fredericksburg, VA — On December 15th, 2018, SimVentions, along with the Potomac Nationals and the City of Fredericksburg, took time out of their Saturday routines to honor our veterans in two very special ways. First, in honor of National Wreaths Across America Day (a day in which Americans across our nation recognize the tireless sacrifice of its veterans by laying wreaths in their honor), they laid a wreath at the City of Fredericksburg’s War Memorial (located at the intersection of George St and Barton St. in Fredericksburg, VA). Second, because of SimVentions corporate sponsorship of Fredericksburg Baseball, all veterans and active military will be able to attend every Fredericksburg Baseball Sunday game free of charge starting in 2020.

“Our desire for teaming with Potomac Baseball LLC in bringing baseball to the greater Fredericksburg region was to do something special, while reflecting SimVentions’ core values and principles” said Larry Root, SimVentions CEO. “There is no one who loves veterans and active military more than Americans, and there is nothing more American than baseball! So, we worked with the Potomac Nationals and created SimVentions Sunday Salute to Service! A day in which all veterans and active military are honored during each Sunday home game from start to finish. From free admission – to – tossing out the first pitch –  to the 7th inning stretch public recognition of their service – to – honoring them with the singing of ‘God Bless America.’”

Potomac Nationals President & COO Lani Silber Weiss echoed the comments by SimVentions.  “We are thrilled to be partnering with a company like SimVentions, that is truly a pillar of the community in their support of the military.  It was a great privilege to work with them to develop the SimVentions Sunday Salute to Service.  We look forward to honoring all veterans and activity military at each every one of our Sunday games.”

Fredericksburg Baseball is set to begin Carolina League play in 2020 at a brand new, state of the art stadium facility, located at Celebrate Virginia South on Carl D. Silver Parkway near the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center in Fredericksburg, VA. Celebrate baseball in The ‘Burg and stay up to date with the progress of the new ballpark facility and the team online at www.fredericksburgbaseball.com, and follow Fredericksburg Baseball on Facebook (@FredericksburgBaseball), on Twitter (@FXBGBaseball20), and on Instagram (@fredericksburgbaseball).

About SimVentions
SimVentions’ corporate office is located at 100 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 123, in Fredericksburg (Stafford County), Virginia, 22406 and offers engineering and technology solutions to the Department of Defense, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps.  For additional information about SimVentions, please visit https://www.simventions.com.

The Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League play at Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, and are the Carolina League affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The Potomac Nationals have claimed five Carolina League Championship titles (1982, 1989, 2008, 2010, and 2014) and 10 CL Northern Division Championships. Sponsorship opportunities for the P-Nats’ 2019 season and beyond are available, as well as all-inclusive corporate picnic outings to watch the future stars of the ...


 

Monday, December 10, 2018

SimVentions Awarded Spot on $962M Cyber Engineering Contract!

SimVentions Awarded Spot on $962M Cyber Engineering Contract!

Fredericksburg, VA., 12-3-2018:

On December 3rd, 2018, SimVentions was named one of just ten companies to be awarded a $962M multiple award contract for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. SimVentions, one of 3 small business awardees, along with seven other large business awardees, will support the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic on the seven-year term to provide the delivery of information warfare capabilities through sea, air, land, space, electromagnetic, and cyber domains through the full range of military technology development and operations. The scope of the work includes full system lifecycle support including research, development, test, evaluation, production and fielding of sustainable, secure, survivable, and interoperable Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C5ISR), Information Operations (IO), Identity Operations (IdOps), Enterprise Information Services (EIS) and Space capabilities.

“SimVentions is humbled and excited by this new opportunity to bring our exceptional people, solutions, service, and expertise to SSC Atlantic and the greater Charleston, S.C. area!” said Larry Root, SimVentions CEO. “Our motto as a company is ‘Your Success Is Our Honor™’ and as we live this motto out on a day-to-day basis, we continue to see the ‘Hand of Providence’ bless us as we remain focused on making those we serve successful!”

SimVentions is now looking for qualified candidates to work in the Fredericksburg, Dahlgren, Charleston, and Virginia Beach areas. Apply online at https://www.simventions.com/careers/.

About SimVentions:

SimVentions’ corporate office is located at 100 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 123, in Fredericksburg (Stafford County), Virginia, 22406 and offers engineering and technology solutions to the Department of Defense, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. For additional information about SimVentions, please visit https://www.simventions.com/


 

Monday, December 10, 2018

SimVentions Awarded Spot On Navy Seaport - NxG Contract with Potential Value of $52B

Fredericksburg, VA., 12-4-2018: SimVentions is named one among multiple companies to receive the award to compete for work under Seaport Next Generation (Seaport-NxG) Multi-Award Contract (MAC) on December 3, 2018. The ten-year, multiple award contract has a potential value of $52B and supersedes the previous, Seaport-e MAC. The Navy foresees that the switch to Seaport-NxG will increase efficiency, competition, and opportunity for small businesses like SimVentions.

“As Seaport-e is one of our major contract vehicles through which we support many of our current Navy and Marine Corp customers, this Seaport-NxG award ensures SimVentions continued ability to deliver its exceptional engineering, program management, and technology solutions” said Larry Root, SimVentions CEO. “We are thankful and blessed to be able to serve our DoD customers for at least another 10 years through this contract vehicle.”

The IDIQ contract focuses primarily on Engineering and Program Management Support Services. The scope of the Engineering is to conduct research and development of new and existing Naval capabilities and systems, technically support development of significant alterations to existing systems, support integration and interface of existing equipment or software into different applications or platforms to support the warfighter, and support evaluation of foreign or non-developmental systems, equipment, and technologies. The Program Management consists of applying the business, financial management, and technical disciplines required to support planning, organizing, staffing, controlling, and leading team efforts in managing acquisition programs. This includes information system software analysis, requirements definition, design, development, test, modification, installation, implementation, quality assurance, training, and documentation.

SimVentions is now looking for qualified candidates to work in the Fredericksburg, Dahlgren, Charleston, and Virginia Beach areas. Apply online at https://www.simventions.com/careers/.

About SimVentions:

SimVentions’ corporate office is located at 100 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 123, in Fredericksburg (Stafford County), Virginia, 22406 and offers engineering and technology solutions to the Department of Defense, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. For additional information about SimVentions, please visit https://www.simventions.com/


 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

STA Title & Escrow, Inc. has a new General Manager and plans for expansion

Contact: Lynn DeSena
Phone: (540) 368-5501
STA Title & Escrow
Fredericksburg Office:
1300 Princess Anne St.
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

For Immediate Release: STA Title & Escrow, Inc. has a new General Manager and plans for expansion

After 30 years with STA Title and Escrow and our sister company American Insurances, Sonia Kuppert has announced her retirement. Sonia plans to focus her attention on her current role as President of the Virginia Land Title Association.

Penelope Wesely, who has been acting General Manager of both STA Title & Escrow and American Insurances for the last several months, has assumed full operational control of both companies. A graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown Law School, Ms. Wesely spent several years working with a Washington, D.C. law firm before relocating to the Fredericksburg area. Additionally, Penelope is a licensed settlement agent and title underwriter.

John Kaila, Esq. will continue to be with affiliated with STA Title & Escrow in his capacity as attorney. A native Virginian, Mr. Kaila has 34 years of experience in real estate law.

Open since 1986, STA Title & Escrow provides settlement and escrow services throughout the region. At its new location, 1300 Princess Anne Street, STA Title & Escrow is excited to announce plans for a CE school in 2019. STA will continue to offer remote closings, enhanced realtor services and is working on plans for an expansion into Stafford County.

For more information about STA Title & Escrow, Inc., Please contact Lynn DeSena at ldesena@statitle.com.

STA TITLE & ESCROW, INC.
1300 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-368-5501


 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Continues Annual 12 Days of Giving on Facebook

Waldorf, Maryland, December 5, 2018 — Community Bank of the Chesapeake has taken to social media to raise awareness of 12 deserving local organizations that do inspiring things for the community. The Bank will feature one per day over a 12-day period, December 6 – 17, on its Facebook page. Every time a user “Likes” the Bank’s post, the Bank will donate $1 (up to 150 likes) to the particular organization being featured. In addition, the Bank is donating a base amount of $350 to each group, for a total amount of up to $500 given to each cause.
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“12 Days of Giving presents a unique and fun way for the Bank to help give to local non-profits during the holiday season,” said Diane Hicks, Vice President and Director of Marketing of Community Bank of the Chesapeake. “These charitable organizations provide so much for the community and we hope everyone will join us in helping support them - one like is all it takes!” 

The selected organizations promote a wide array of causes, from feeding and providing shelter for those in need, to animal welfare and health care.

The 12 organizations chosen for Community Bank of the Chesapeake’s 12 Days of Giving include 1stResponder Canine, Calvert Hospice, Center for Children, End hunger in Calvert County, Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park, Last Chance Animal Rescue, Loisann’s Hope House, Patriot Springs, Patuxent Habitat for Humanity, Promise Resource Center, Sagepoint and The Arc of Central Chesapeake Region.
 
Headquartered in Waldorf, Maryland, Community Bank of the Chesapeake is a full-service commercial bank, with assets over $1.5 billion.  Through its 12 banking centers and five dedicated commercial lending centers, Community Bank of the Chesapeake offers a broad range of financial products and services to individuals and businesses.  Community Bank of the Chesapeake is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Community Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: TCFC). More information about Community Bank of the Chesapeake can be found at www.cbtc.com.


 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Fredericksburg Baseball Teams Up with Rappahannock Goodwill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE on Tuesday, 12/4/18
Potomac Nationals Media Relations Contacts:
Mike Weisman 703-590-2311 ext. 219 (Office)
781-929-2755 (Mobile)
mweisman@potomacnationals.com

Fredericksburg Baseball Teams Up with Rappahannock Goodwill
Organizations to Begin a Long-Term Partnership at Team’s New Facility

Fredericksburg, VA---Fredericksburg Baseball is partnering with Rappahannock Goodwill (RGI) for baseball’s move to Fredericksburg. The partnership will spread the news of many free job services offered by RGI through the conduit of Fredericksburg Baseball’s new stadium, slated to open in April of 2020.

“This partnership is a win-win for the community of Fredericksburg, RGI, and our organization,” said Potomac Nationals Team President and COO Lani Weiss. “With the commitment from Rappahannock Goodwill, we will be able to generate an initiative to create jobs in the community and highlight the many services of RGI in the community to our home crowd.”

The partnership will feature games sponsored by RGI, feature employment successes in “Seventh Inning Stories,” accept donations of gently used items throughout the season, fill employment openings at the facility, and sell team merchandise in Goodwill stores.

“Goodwill is thrilled to be able to partner with the team to increase awareness of the services we offer in the community,” said Donnie Tolson, RGI’s President & CEO. “For more than 50 years, RGI has provided help to people free of charge. Now we have the chance to share our story in a new way so we can help even more people discover the power of work.”

Fredericksburg Baseball is set to begin Carolina League play in 2020 at a brand new, state of the art stadium facility, located at Celebrate Virginia South on Carl D. Silver Parkway near the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center in Fredericksburg, VA. Celebrate baseball in The ‘Burg and stay up to date with the progress of the new ballpark facility and the team online at www.fredericksburgbaseball.com, and follow Fredericksburg Baseball on Facebook (@FredericksburgBaseball), on Twitter (@FXBGBaseball20), and on Instagram (@fredericksburgbaseball).

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization that serves the City of Fredericksburg and a 12-county region. It provides work opportunities and job training to people with barriers to employment, particularly those with disabilities. Its operations include a commercial laundry, off-site custodial and administrative services, a packaging and assembly operation, Taskforce Staffing, ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning for Good, several Job Help Centers, thirteen Goodwill stores, a Goodwill Outlet, and numerous Attended Donation Centers. For more information about Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc., please contact RGI Vice President, Branding & Chief Administrative Officer, Julie E. F. Rettinger, via e-mail at
Julie.rettinger@fredgoodwill.org, or via phone at 540-371-3070 x222.

The Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League play at Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium, and are the Carolina League affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The Potomac Nationals have claimed five Carolina League Championship titles (1982, 1989, 2008, 2010, and 2014) and 10 CL Northern Division Championships. Sponsorship opportunities for the P-Nats' 2019 season and beyond are available, as well as all-inclusive corporate picnic outings to watch the future stars of the Washington Nationals at The Pfitz. 2019 Potomac Nationals season tickets are on sale ...


 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s The Power of Change Benefits Area Nonprofits, Charities

MEDIA RELEASE
Date:       Dec. 4, 2018
Contact:  Casey Hollins
                Director of Communications and Public Relations
                540-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

 

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s The Power of Change Benefits Area Nonprofits, Charities

Veterans will have access to free dental care and residents in need will receive emergency assistance, thanks to the generosity of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) consumer-owners. REC’s The Power of Change recently awarded funding totaling $29,050 to those and other organizations making a positive difference throughout the REC service area.

Through The Power of Change, over 21,000 REC consumer-owners either round up their bill to the next whole dollar, make a one-time donation or give a set monthly amount. Those donations are then awarded to non-profits and charitable groups throughout the communities REC serves.

Recent recipients of The Power of Change funding include:

  • People Helping People of Fauquier County received $6,000 to provide emergency financial assistance to county residents in need due to loss of a job, medical issues or a death in the family, among other issues.
  • The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education received $10,000 so children in Hanover County can participate in a children’s theater program next year.
  • The Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic awarded $5,000 to provide free dental care to low-income Virginia veterans in the Culpeper and Orange county areas.
  • The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville received $2,050 to support an ArtMobile/moving exhibit to bring collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to students and senior citizens in the Blue Ridge region.
  • The Honor Flight/Top of Virginia was awarded $5,000 to transport World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at those memorials.
  • The Front Royal Oratorio Society received $1,000 to purchase music scores to allow the group to provide four free public performances.

“These small monthly contributions by REC members mean so much to these organizations,” said Matt Faulconer, manager of External Affairs. REC members who would like to help make a difference in their communities can learn more at thepowerofchange.org. Gifts can be a set monthly amount, a one-time donation or members can round up their bill to the next whole dollar. 

REC provides electric service to over 167,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
www.myrec.coop


 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

DeVilliers Technology Solutions Named 2018 Veteran Small Business of the Year

DeVilliers’ is the president and founder of DeVil-Tech, a systems and software engineering consulting firm located in Stafford, Virginia. “It’s an honor to have served this country in the military and to be recognized as the 2018 Veteran Small Business of the Year,” says DeVilliers, “I’m grateful for my experience in the Marine Corps, and for the team at DeVil-Tech. They serve our government and industry partners with excellence.”

Mr. Carl Knoblock of the SBA Richmond District Office and Delegate Bob Thomas were the keynote speakers at the awards ceremony. DeVilliers was also acknowledged by numerous regional dignitaries at the event including the Stafford County Economic Development, past recipients and over 50 veterans.

DeVilliers’ nomination will be advanced to the Virginia Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year recognition. Winners of that award are recognized at an event in June and are memorialized on an urn at the Virginia State Capitol.

About Edward M. DeVilliers, Ph.D. 
Dr. DeVilliers, President and Founder of DeVilliers Technology Solutions LLC (DeVil-Tech), a minority, Veteran-owned company focused on systems and software engineering consulting. Dr. DeVilliers is the child of Cuban parents who emigrated to the United States. Intent on giving back to the country that gave his family freedom and opportunity, he started his career as a Marine Corps officer after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1989. After leaving the Marine Corps in 2000, Dr. DeVilliers took lead engineering positions within both government and industry until founding DeVil-Tech in 2012.

For more information about DeVil-Tech visit the website at https://devil-tech.com or connect with them at Facebook/DeVilTechSolutionsTwitter/https://twitter.com/DeVilTechSolns, and LinkedIn.com/devilliers-technology-solutions-llc


 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

J. Tyler Carver Joins Law Firm of Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC

PARRISH SNEAD FRANKLIN SIMPSON, PLC
PRESS RELEASE
November 27, 2018

J. Tyler Carver has joined the ten-attorney general practice law firm of Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC.  Carver obtained his law degree from William & Mary (2018 ) and his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University (2015).  His practice will focus primarily on litigation.  Carver grew up in the Fredericksburg area and lives in Stafford County with his wife Laura and their son Arthur.

Visit http://parrishsnead.com/ to learn more.

 

 


 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bellawood Photography Accepting Toys for Tots on Black Friday!

Bellawood Photography will be accepting Toys for Tots on Black Friday! 

As we enter the holiday shopping season, please consider donating to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive. Not all Americans are as blessed as we. There are an estimated 15 million children living in poverty within the United States. Please join me in helping those who need a little assistance providing gifts for their children.

So grab an extra toy during your shopping day and swing by to the studio to drop it off from 10:00AM - 5:00PM this Friday. No need to wrap! Come on in for a hot chocolate and enter a drawing to win a premium photo session (a $450 value,) or just give us a call at 540-427-7279 and we will come out to your car and collect your donation.

Bellawood Photo is located in the Westwood Village shopping center off Rt 3 next to 2020 Driving.

1938 William Street, Fredericksburg
https://bellawoodphoto.com/


 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Private School Leader Appointed to Purdue Honors College Dean’s Advisory Council

Private School Leader Appointed to Purdue Honors College Dean’s Advisory Council

Fredericksburg Academy Head of School is a Purdue alumna, distinguished NCAA DI
 Scholar-Athlete, and Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient

Fredericksburg, VA, November 19, 2018— Fredericksburg Academy Head of School Karen Moschetto has been appointed to the Purdue University Honors College Dean’s Advisory Council. Members of the Advisory Council consult with and advise the Dean on strategic issues relating to the Honors College, which exists to create and foster well-rounded, well-educated global leaders. Ms. Moschetto and her cohort of advisors will provide support and advisement to the Dean regarding the growth and development of the Honors College, with a particular concentration on the College’s continued development as an exemplary community and industry partner.

Ms. Moschetto earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 and a Master of Science degree in 1989 from Purdue University. As a four-year member of the field hockey team, Ms. Moschetto earned All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten distinctions, was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor for demonstrating proficiency in scholarship and athletics, and was named to Purdue’s All-Decade team for 1981-1991. She has served as Fredericksburg Academy’s Head of School since 2010.  

“I am thrilled to have been asked to serve Purdue University in this capacity. When I read the four pillars of leadership development, undergraduate research, community and global experiences, and interdisciplinary academics I was struck by the parallels between the Honors College and the work I guide our faculty and staff to do at Fredericksburg Academy. I am eager to share my knowledge, and to learn from and network with other Council members as well as leaders of the #17 2019 Top Public Universities in America and the #17 Best Big Colleges in America, according to ranking and review authority Niche. Purdue afforded me many wonderful learning opportunities and I can think of no greater honor than to be asked to give back in this way.”

Note about Big Ten Medal of Honor

The Big Ten Conference endowed a Medal of Honor in 1914 to be awarded annually at each university to the student-athlete demonstrating the greatest proficiency in scholarship and athletics. Beginning in 1982, the award went coed as each school named a male and female student-athlete. *Unless they bring back the women’s field hockey team, Ms. Moschetto has the distinction of being the only field hockey player from Purdue University to receive the award.

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Fredericksburg Academy is an independent, coeducational school for students aged three-years through Grade 12 located in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia.


 

Monday, November 19, 2018

RPI Group, Inc. Part of Team Selected by MARCORSYSCOM to Modernize MAGTF Logistics Support Systems

September 2018 – RPI Group is part of a team led by Tactical Edge, Inc. that was recently awarded a prime contract award with Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM). The contract award, worth up to $49 million split over 5 years, was awarded to modernize three of the systems within the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Logistics Support Systems (MLS2) software suite. This effort will focus on consolidating the three systems that make up the MLS2 software suite, into a single baseline utilizing a single Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) approach to reduce the total lifecycle sustainment costs while improving data quality and end-user capabilities.

The effort kicked off on September 5, 2018, with development, Information Assurance (IA), management, and support work being performed at multiple sites around the world. The three systems that make up the MLS2 software suite include Common Logistics Command and Control System (CLC2S), Transportation Capacity Planning Tool (TCPT), and the Storage Retrieval Automated Tracking Integrated System (STRATIS). STRATIS is also supported via a Secure Wireless (Air Fortress) infrastructure, enabling flexible warehouse management capabilities. Together, these systems provide a variety of Logistics-focused functions to the warfighter, including request management, supply and asset management, transportation planning, warehouse management, and secure wireless networking.

Leading the effort for RPI Group will be Retired Marine Master Sergeant William Rybczynski. With over 30 years of experience supporting and leading Cybersecurity efforts in the Marine Corps, Mr. Rybczynski has a wealth of knowledge to share. According to Mr. Rybczynski: “RPI Group is excited to be a part of this robust team supporting the warfighting mission. Ensuring the continued operation of this software suite allows the Marine Corps to have a robust system that provides information critical to both leadership and the individual Marine. We are proud to be a part of an incredible team focused on maintaining and maximizing the effectiveness of the MLS2 suite.”


 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Fredericksburg Baseball Announces Founders Club Membership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE on Thursday, 11/15/18
Potomac Nationals Media Relations Contacts:
Mike Weisman
703-590-2311 ext. 219 (Office)
781-929-2755 (Mobile)
mweisman@potomacnationals.com

Fredericksburg Baseball Announces Founders Club Membership
First Public Event Featuring Season Ticket Reservation Opportunity Set for Saturday, December 1st in Fredericksburg, VA

Fredericksburg, VA---Fredericksburg Baseball is excited to announce the unveiling of the Founders Club for the organization’s inaugural 2020 season in Fredericksburg, VA.

The Founders Club membership guarantees fans the ability to select their seat at the team’s state of the art new stadium facility to be located in Celebrate Virginia South.

This once in a lifetime opportunity allows fans to celebrate baseball in The ‘Burg and lock in priority seating reservations before full and partial season ticket plans go on sale for the general public.

Membership benefits include having your name engraved onto a Founders Club plaque, which will be displayed prominently at the entrance of the stadium. In addition, new members will receive an exclusive Founders Club gift and VIP invitations to exclusive new stadium events, including the new ballpark’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
Interested Fredericksburg Baseball fans will have the opportunity to reserve their spot in the Founders Club at the organization’s Opening Event on Saturday, December 1st from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

The event will take place at the Fredericksburg Area Museum in historic Market Square at 907 Princess Anne Street.

The first individuals to line up will have priority for seat selection at the new ballpark.
Actual registrations will be accepted at noon.

A $100 per seat deposit will be due upon groundbreaking in early 2019, with the further payments due upon seat selection and prior to the start of the 2020 season.

Fredericksburg Baseball will continue to accept reservations for the Founders Club between December 2nd and December 31st. Founders Club benefits are only available to fans that sign up through the end of December, 2018.

The Founders Club three-year commitment also locks in your ticket pricing for three years.
Be part of Fredericksburg Baseball with a Founders Club membership!

For more information, call 703-590-2311, e-mail fxbgfoundersclub@potomacnationals.com, or visit www.fredericksburgbaseball.com.

Fredericksburg Baseball is set to begin Carolina League play in 2020 at a brand new, state of the art stadium facility, located at Celebrate Virginia South on Carl D. Silver Parkway near the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center in Fredericksburg, VA. Celebrate baseball in The ‘Burg and stay up to date with the progress of the new ballpark facility and the team online at www.fredericksburgbaseball.com, and follow Fredericksburg Baseball on Facebook (@FredericksburgBaseball), on Twitter (@FXBGBaseball20), and on Instagram (@fredericksburgbaseball). The Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League play at Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium, and are the Carolina League affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

The Potomac Nationals have claimed five Carolina League Championship titles (1982, 1989, 2008, 2010, and 2014) and 10 CL Northern Division Championships. Sponsorship opportunities for the P-Nats' 2019 season and beyond are available, as well as all-inclusive corporate picnic outings to watch the future stars of the Washington Nationals at The Pfitz. 2019 Potomac ...


 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I-95 BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY TO START NEAR RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER, QUARRY ROAD IN FREDERICKSBURG

I-95 BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY TO START NEAR RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER, QUARRY ROAD IN FREDERICKSBURG

Recreational users should be alert for increased truck traffic on Wicklow Drive and Quarry Road as work progresses on the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Construction to build a new bridge over the Rappahannock River to carry three new southbound lanes of Interstate 95 is getting underway in November as part of the $132 million I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.

Residents should be alert for increased construction traffic and activity on Wicklow Drive and Quarry Road in the City of Fredericksburg.

Signs will be posted near the entrance to Quarry Road from Wicklow Drive and Gordon W. Shelton Boulevard to notify pedestrians and bicyclists that they are entering a work zone.

Access to walking, hiking and bicyclist paths near the Rappahannock River will be maintained throughout this four-year project, but users should be alert for construction crews and equipment, and periods of one-way, alternating traffic on Quarry Road.

Safety fencing will be installed surrounding the construction work zones near the I-95 bridges to separate recreational users from construction crews, equipment and material.

Construction traffic will strictly adhere to the 25 mph speed limit on Wicklow Drive. 

“We want to take every reasonable step to limit impacts to recreational use of the river and its surrounding area,” said Robert Ridgell, P.E., Assistant District Construction Engineer, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Fredericksburg District. “Everyone working on this project will be expected to obey all local traffic laws and work zone safety regulations. We ask that visitors to this area help us keep everyone safe by staying alert for construction traffic and remaining outside of barricaded areas.”

The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a contract in February 2018 to Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc., to build the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project. Construction began in August 2018 and will be underway through May 2022.

The project seeks to reduce I-95 congestion in the Fredericksburg area by providing local traffic with additional lanes to travel between the Route 17 and Route 3 interchanges without merging into the interstate’s general purpose lanes.

The Rappahannock River Crossing will build three new general purpose lanes for I-95 southbound stretching six miles in the current median of I-95. The new lanes will begin in the vicinity of Truslow Road, just north of Exit 133 at Route 17 in Stafford County. The new lanes will end 1.2 miles south of Exit 130 at Route 3 in Fredericksburg, in Spotsylvania County.

The three existing I-95 southbound lanes will be converted to carry traveling to the Route 17 and Route 3 interchanges, as well as the Safety Rest Area and Virginia Welcome Center. Two I-95 overpasses of Route 17 will also be replaced.

For more information on the project, please visit improve95.org.


 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts hosts Shoe Fund Gala

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts hosts Shoe Fund Gala 

Riverside Center of the Performing Arts and Telemedia Broadcasting, Inc. (WGRQ & WGRX Radio) combined for a magical night of fund raising during the November 2nd performance of Beauty & The Beast. Special tickets were purchased for the evening that included an opening reception as well as a post-performance meet & greet with cast members all in support of The Salvation Army’s Shoe Fund.

“Support from local businesses like Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is vital to the success of The Shoe Fund”, said Tom Cooper, General Manager of Telemedia Broadcasting. “It’s a unique local program that helps children here in the Fredericksburg area”, he added.

Following the Performance, Nana Noi, General Manager of Riverside Center of the Performing Arts presented Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary treasurer Cindy Reenalda with proceeds from the evening. “Riverside is proud to have participated in such a worthwhile cause benefiting local children”, said Noi.

Since 1980, The Salvation Army has been providing new shoes to the children in our community who need them most. They currently provide 1,200 pairs a year! The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary works closely with school nurses and counselors to identify children in need and provides them with a certificate for new shoes.

To support the Salvation Army Shoe Fund, donations can be made as follows:

Mail donations to:

The Salvation Army Shoe Fund
P.O. Box 179
Fredericksburg, VA 22404

 Online Credit Card Donations:

www.theshoefund.com


 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

NextGen to Honor Young Professionals - Top 10 of NextGen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 6, 2018
Media Contact:
Whitney Watts, Vice President
540-735-1922
whitney@fxbgchamber.org

NextGen to Honor Young Professionals 
Group to be honored as ‘Top 10 of the Next Gen’

FREDERICKSBURG - Ten Fredericksburg-area professionals 40 years old and under will be honored November 15th at an annual event hosted by the Next Generation of Business Leaders, a program of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The members of the group will be recognized at the seventh-annual “Top 10 of the Next Gen” event at 718 Venue on Caroline Street downtown. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and costs $20 for Next Gen members and guests.  People can register online at www.fxbgchamber.org.

Next Gen’s board selected the 10 winners following a nomination period. The recipients were chosen for both their professional accomplishments and community contributions.

Here are the 2018 “Top 10 of the Next Gen” award recipients:

  • Daniel Clendenin; Financial Advisor and Managing Director at Cary Street Partners
  • Justin Cruise; Strategic Coordinator at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Grace Draper; Corporate Relationship Manager at Rappahannock United Way
  • Michael Gregory, Spotsylvania Campus Pastor at Lifepoint Church
  • Michelle Harris; Photographer and Owner at M Harris Studios
  • Charlotte Horne; Customer Service Representative at Allstate Insurance
  • Abigail Ibarra; Lower School French Teacher at Fredericksburg Academy
  • Sarah Keddie; Realtor at Coldwell Banker Elite
  • Lloyd “Jeppy” F. Moss, DDS; Dentist and Partner at Moss Dentistry
  • Evan Sullivan; Associate at CBRE

 

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Monday, November 5, 2018

AMAZING SEATS AND SOUND COMING TO PARAGON VILLAGE 12 MOVIE THEATER

AMAZING SEATS AND SOUND COMING TO PARAGON VILLAGE 12 MOVIE THEATER
Coming Soon… Electric Recliners with Footrests & The Extreme Theater Featuring Dolby Atmos®

(Deerfield Beach, FL, November 5, 2018) –Florida-based Paragon Entertainment Holdings is in the process of renovating the Paragon Village 12 theater with an expected completion in Spring 2019. 

Reserved fully reclining seats with footrests are being installed in every auditorium, with several auditoriums expected to be ready for the release of FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD on November 16, 2018. Of the 1,526 new recliners, 235 of those will be located in the VIP Premier level. The Premier level recliners will be plusher, wider, and feature multi-position controls for added comfort and optimal viewing. Each recliner will also have a swivel tray table to enjoy food and drinks purchased at The Chatterbox, the bar and lounge located on the Premier level. 

Movie lovers will be particularly excited about the upgrades to the Extreme Theater, which will now not only feature reserved recliners, but also a 66’ screen, laser projection, and Dolby Atmos® sound. This auditorium will be bigger and better than IMAX®. According to Michael Whalen, Paragon CEO, "the new Extreme theater will be by far the best moviegoing experience of any theater in the area. Our guests will be able to watch a laser projected movie on the largest screen around with the best in sound, while reclined in our comfortable reclining seats.”   

Guests will be able to reserve a recliner at paragontheaters.com or on the Paragon Theaters app, which is now available for download for iPhones and Androids. By reserving a recliner in advance, guests will be able to choose their favorite seat every time! They will also be able to avoid the lines at concession by pre-ordering snacks and soda on the Paragon Theater app (excludes alcohol) and visiting the pick-up area on arrival. Guests who are Diamond Rewards members will receive five points for every concession purchase. They can manage their rewards right on the Paragon Theaters app.

Paragon Village 12 will continue to offer affordable field trips, a premier fundraiser program, monthly sensory-friendly screenings, and great birthday and gaming parties. Their $6 Tuesdays are popular – all movies are just $6 all day. 

Splitsville Luxury Lanes also has a Tuesday special - $2 Shoes and Bowling. Stop by Splitsville on Military Mondays for $1 Bowling and $1 Shoe Rentals for members of the Military. Monday – Thursday from 4 pm – 6 pm they offer $5 One-Topping Pizzas, $3 Cheeseburger Sliders, and $5 California Rolls.

These programs, along with their fantastic amenities and superior guest service, make Paragon Village 12 and Splitsville the ultimate entertainment destination, and a great spot for your next party.

ABOUT PARAGON ENTERTAINMENT HOLDINGS

Paragon Entertainment Holdings, headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, was established in 2009 to create a differentiated movie going experience that is superior to traditional movie theaters in comfort, technology, and amenities while still retaining a competitive price point. Paragon’s amenities include expanded food offerings, reserved electric luxury recliners with footrests, bar/lounges, HD ...


 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Monday, November 19th - A Day In Honor of Women's Entrepreneurship Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

THE HONORABLE MARY KATHERINE GREENLAW, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG PROCLAIMS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 AS A DAY IN HONOR OF WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY ORGANIZATION, INCORPORATED

(VIRGINIA, 10/30/2018) - On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 the Honorable Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Mayor of the City of Fredericksburg, proclaimed Monday, November 19th, 2018 as A Day in Honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Incorporated. Fredericksburg has cultivated an entrepreneurial spirit that has helped us build one of the most diverse and forward-thinking cities in history. Women are a driving force in Fredericksburg growth and prosperity, and it is essential that we continue to promote their businesses and expand their access to resources.

Founded by social entrepreneur and humanitarian Wendy Diamond, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO), seeks to empower women and girls globally and alleviate poverty worldwide. The annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) started on November 19th, 2014 to provide an opportunity to celebrate, engage, and empower women business leaders as part of the global entrepreneurial community, while seeking to inspire a new generation of enterprising women.  WED is the world’s largest entrepreneurial and financial empowerment initiative dedicated to celebrating, supporting and empowering women worldwide. “Historically, women worldwide have been underpaid, undervalued, underrepresented, underfunded and underestimated. We are dedicated, determined and driven to change this global imbalance.” Wendy Diamond, Founder of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. 

On Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, the Fredericksburg WEDO chapter under the leadership of Virginia Ambassador, Dr. Anne Truong, will join other women around the Fredericksburg community to celebrate this event and spread its important and necessary message to support future women business leaders. The local organization will host an event designed to ignite women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to drive economic expansion, and advance communities. Attendees will be encouraged to apply the day’s strategies, tactics, and best practices of other women locally and across the globe. Confirmed speakers include:

  • The Honorable Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Mayor of Fredericksburg
  • Dr. Anne Truong, Owner & Founder of Truong Rehabilitation Center
  • Susan Spears, CEO & President of the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Cara Parker, CEO of C Parker Consulting
  • Dr. Janet Gullickson, President of Germanna Community College
  • Debby Girvan, President of Flair Communication
  • Nadira Deery, Wealth Manager at Creative Planning
  • Kimberly Young, Executive Director of Continuing & Professional Studies at the University of Mary Washington
  • Linda Blakemore, CEO & President of Gemini 3 Group
  • Meg Bohmke, Chairman of the Falmouth District Stafford Country Board of Supervisors

 

This event is proud to be sponsored by:

  • America’s Best 401k
  • BB&T
  • C Parker Consulting
  • CIP Finishes
  • Comfort Medical
  • Infinity Technologies
  • New Home Media Inc.
  • Stafford Printing

When asked how this role will serve the Fredericksburg community directly, Truong said "I’m honored to be appointed. I want to be able to inspire and empower women who want to be entrepreneurs and own their own business.  I hope I can be a resource for women entrepreneurs in the Fredericksburg area."

For more information contact:
Kaitlin Geckle
Marketing.truongrehab@gmail.com


 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Flair Communication Announces Expansion

FLAIR COMMUNICATION ANNOUNCES EXPANSION

OCTOBER 30, 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Debby Girvan, President - Flair Communication
dgirvan@flaircommunication.com , 540-809-8196 (cell)

OFFICE: 403 William St, Suite B, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Flair Communication, a digital marketing agency in downtown Fredericksburg announces an
expansion of their staff. Janelle Behm, Digital Marketing Associate; Claire Adams, Digital
Marketing Associate; Deidra Stultz, Digital Marketing Associate; Savannah Boyd, Marketing
Assistant; and Paige Honaker, Social Media Specialist have joined the Flair team. Flair
Communication provides website design, hosting & maintenance services, branding, graphic
design, social media marketing and marketing consulting services to clients worldwide.

Website: flaircommunication.com

 

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Monday, October 29, 2018

LifeCare Medical Transports Requested for EMS Deployment

LifeCare Medical Transports Requested for EMS Deployment


On October 11, 2018, LifeCare Medical Transports was requested for EMS deployment to Atlanta, Georgia and the Gulf Coast of Florida following the devastation of Hurricane Michael. LifeCare quickly gathered ten teams to head down to the devastated cities. In total, seven Advanced Life Support crews and three Basic Life Support crews headed down to provide relief. The teams were made up of crews from all over Virginia as LifeCare Medical Transports has stations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Over their time in Georgia and Florida, the crews were able to provide support and aid to the victims of Hurricane Michael. The crews witnessed first-hand the destruction that was left by the strong forces of the hurricane. Out of the ten crews, 7 were able to travel back home after completing their deployments on October 15, 2018. Three crews, led by Captain Toni Dolinar, were requested to stay in Panama City, Florida to assist in 9-11 mutual aid.

Hurricane Michael is not the first deployment that LifeCare has been able to be a part of. LifeCare’s first deployment was in 2005 at Hurricane Katrina. Chief Kevin Dillard led several crews during the deployment. Over the last 13 years, LifeCare has been deployed for EMS assistance after Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Sandy, Harvey, Irma, and now Michael. While LifeCare was not deployed for Hurricane Florence, LifeCare did send additional crews from across the Commonwealth to assist the Norfolk station in evacuations, evacuating nursing homes and the VA Hospital.

 

LifeCare Medical Transports
1170 International Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
www.lifecare94.com


 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Stuff a Stocking for a Child in Care

At Embrace Treatment Foster Care, we want all of our children to experience the excitement of the holiday season! Through your generosity, each of the children in our program can look forward to presents in their stockings during the holiday season. Join us in collecting ‘Stocking Stuffers’ for local children in foster care!

NOVEMBER 1 - NOVEMBER 30
Partnering with Matthew’s Hallmark

Requested items:
Consider donating an ‘itty-bitty’ to children in foster care during the holiday season.

Drop-Off Location:
Matthew’s Hallmark
145 Spotsylvania Towne Centre

NOVEMBER 5 - DECEMBER 5
Partnering with Katora Coffee

Gift Ideas:

  • Head Phones
  • Yo-Yo
  • Coin Purse
  • Markers
  • Coloring Books
  • Small Toys
  • Phone Chargers
  • Lip Gloss
  • Hair Ties
  • Nail Polish
  • Socks
  • Play-Doh
  • Lego
  • Hard Candy (non- perishables)

Drop-Off Location:
615 Caroline St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Questions? Please contact:
Gretchen Rusden, Foster Parent Recruitment Coordinator
Gretchen.Rusden@embracetfc.com
540.613.5120


 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber is Hiring Member Services Coordinator

We’re hiring! We’re seeking someone to join our team as Member Services Coordinator. The Members Services Coordinator manages events and other engagement opportunities for the members of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber.

OVERVIEW OF REGULAR RESPONSIBILITIES

EVENT MANAGEMENT

  • Coordinate event logistics
  • Use intel from members to create events needed or desired by members
  • Manage event budget, event committee, and volunteers

GENERAL 

  • Pitch in as needed (as the entire staff does) to respond to visitors, Chamber phone calls and over-the-phone registrations.
  • Attend and work various member-focused events.
  • Other duties as assigned by the President/CEO

NECESSARY SKILLS & DEPARTMENT KNOWLEDGE

  • The ability to be self-directed, but also work collaboratively with other staff members
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Strong “People” skills
  • Understanding of the business community – to include advocacy and business trends – coupled with the capability to create timely interviews, articles, and marketing opportunities to support the Chamber membership
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products required
  • Ability to quickly understand and use Chamber’s membership database system (ChamberMaster) 
  • Familiarity and hands-on experience with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and various other social media networks
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines in an organized, consistent manner.

About the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce

ABOUT FREDERICKSBURG REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce serves our community and its businesses. Our mission is to facilitate healthy economic growth, and our vision is to be the leader for the business community assuring that the Fredericksburg Region is a major economic center in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are constantly seeking new and engaging ways to facilitate those business relationships.

If you’re interested in joining our team and this sounds like you, please send your resume to Kyle at kyle@fxbgchamber.org.


 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Rep. David (Dave) Brat Receives SourceAmerica AbilityOne Congressional Champion Award

Contact:
Julie Rettinger, Vice President, Branding & Chief Administrative Officer
540-371-3070
julie.rettinger@fredgoodwill.org

Rep. David (Dave) Brat Receives SourceAmerica AbilityOne Congressional Champion Award 

Fredericksburg, VA – Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) was pleased to present the SourceAmerica AbilityOne Congressional Champion Award to Rep. David (Dave) Brat on Friday, October 5, 2018. Rep. Wittman, an AbilityOne Congressional Champion (1982), made the formal presentation. On hand for the event were SourceAmerica’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Steven Krotonsky, RGI Board members, Ms. Laura Walling, Goodwill Industries International, and RGI AbilityOne program participants.

Mr. Krotonsky told those assembled that “it is the first time in SourceAmerica’s AbilityOne Congressional Champion history that a champion inducted another into the fold of over 162 members of Congress who hold the Congressional Champion distinction.” Donnie Tolson, President and CEO of Rappahannock Goodwill, said, “It is an honor to have nominated Rep. Brat for the recognition.He has shown his interest in and dedication to persons in our community who have disabilities or experience barriers to employment.”

Rep. Brat spent time with program participants and members of the human services community while at RGI’s Goodwill Community Resource Center. The Congressman expressed his appreciation of Rappahannock Goodwill and the other agencies present, and the programs and services they provide.

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About Rappahannock Goodwill Industries

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization that serves the City of Fredericksburg and a 12-county region. It provides work opportunities and job training to people with barriers to employment, particularly those with disabilities. Its operations include a commercial laundry, off-site custodial and administrative services, a packaging and assembly operation, Taskforce Staffing, ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning for Good, several Job Help Centers, thirteen Goodwill stores, a Goodwill Outlet, and numerous Attended Donation Centers.

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About SourceAmerica AbilityOne Congressional Champion Program

SourceAmerica and National Industries for the Blind (NIB) established the AbilityOne Congressional Champion Program in 2002 to honor representatives and senators who have demonstrated a commitment to their constituents with significant disabilities or blindness and to the AbilityOne Program. Over 160 Members of the current Congress are AbilityOne Champions and have joined the national effort to ensure employment opportunities continue to grow for people who are blind or have significant disabilities.


 

Friday, October 12, 2018

STAFFORD ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY ATTENDS EXCLUSIVE CONFERENCE RECEIVES INNOVATIVE TRAINING

DATE: October 12, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For Additional Information Contact:
Rosa Vazquez at (540) 300-5292 or rosa@coronadolawva.com

STAFFORD ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY ATTENDS EXCLUSIVE CONFERENCE
RECEIVES INNOVATIVE TRAINING IN ESTATE PLANNING AND ELDER LAW IN SAN DIEGO, CA

STAFFORD— October 12, 2018 — Esteemed Stafford estate planning and elder law attorney, Gabriela Coronado, attended one of the nation’s acclaimed legal education conferences in San Diego, CA from October 4 through October 7, 2018. The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys hosted their 25th annual Fall Summit which was attended by more than 100 estate planning law firms from around the country.

The American Academy has demonstrated commitment to helping its Member attorneys excel in the practice of law and small business operations for over two decades. The October conference included sessions focused on enhanced relationships between attorneys and their clients and communities, cutting-edge legal education, practice management, and leadership training. “This Fall Summit was especially inspired to re-instill the sense of collective accountability and outward thinking mindset that our Members employ to provide effective and insightful services to their clients and in their practices,” said Sanford M. Fisch, CEO and co-founder of the American Academy.

Renowned performance coach Alan Stein, Jr. kicked off the Summit on Thursday with his keynote addressed focused on the principle of becoming a high-performance player both on and off the court. Gabriela Coronado also received training on new legal strategies and updates in estate planning during the sessions: Navigating the IRA Minefield: Lessons Learned from PLR 201021038; Federal Tax Update; Section 199A Deep Dive; Ethics, Malpractice, and Litigation…Oh My! Incapacity, Undue Influence, and What Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorneys Need to Know; and Grantor Trusts: Whose Trust is it Anyway?

Gabriela Coronado revealed “Attending this event gave me specific and highly applicable tools toward maintaining a firm that works hard and remains accountable to provide the best possible service for our clients. The American Academy and the bi-annual conferences provides me with the education, systems, and resources that ensure I give my clients the most up-to-date legal guidance available, while building a continuous, positive, relationship with my clients.”

The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys was founded in 1993 with a mission to transform the way its Members practice law. The Academy’s focus is to provide Members with the support they need to provide cutting-edge legal solutions while making the estate planning process a relaxed, enjoyable, and positive experience for their clients.

Coronado Law Office, PLLC. has devoted its practice to estate planning and elder law matters and has been a Member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys since 2016. Coronado Law Office, PLLC. Is one of only four firms in Virginia to be admitted to Academy Membership. The firm has helped thousands of clients meet their estate planning goals and pass on meaningful legacies to their loved ones. To learn more about how you can achieve your estate planning goals, please call (540) 300 5292 or visit www.coronadolawva.com]. Media inquiries on estate planning topics are also welcome.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Library hosts annual lunar celebration at Porter Branch

For Immediate Release
Contact: Samantha Thomason
Community Relations Manager
samantha.thomason@crrl.org
FOR MEDIA ONLY

Library hosts annual lunar celebration at Porter Branch

Fredericksburg, Virginia, October 10, 2018 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library is celebrating the annual International Observe the Moon Night with Meet the Moon, an open house for all ages on Saturday, October 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Porter Branch.

This STEM event is in partnership with the NASA Solar System Ambassadors Program and the Rappahannock Astronomy Club. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Activities include:

  • Telescopes through which to view the Moon
  • Books and videos about the Moon and space
  • Photo and video booth
  • Hands-on educational activities for children
  • 3-D printer and robotics

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For more information, contact Porter Branch Manager Lena Gonzalez Berrios, lena.berrios@crrl.org, 540-372-1144 ext. 7330.


 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

“Girls in Politics” and “Advocacy 101”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:
Lisa Biever, Director of Donor Services
Community Foundation of the Rappahannock Region
540-373-9292 ext. 121 lisa.biever@cfrrr.org

“Girls in Politics” and “Advocacy 101”
Women and Girls Fund Offers Leadership and Government Training to Area Girls and Women

October 9, 2018  Fredericksburg, VA - The Women and Girls Fund of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region has two special events coming up with tickets available now.

The Women and Girls Fund has engaged the Political Institute for Women to present two workshops on October 20, 2018, both at the Courtyard by Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District and require prior registration costing $60. Scholarships are available for girls or women who may have a financial barrier to participation.

The 3-hour Advocacy 101 Workshop will take place from 8:30 am-11:30 am and aims to educate, inform, and inspire Women and Girls Fund members and others to be effective advocates for causes and issues they care about most. Whatever your passion – education, transportation, poverty, the environment – this workshop will equip each participant to be an effective voice in her community.

The full-day Girls in Politics Workshop will take place from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and is ideal for any girl aged 10-15 who is interested in understanding the US government and improving her leadership skills. Participants will learn essential civics concepts and then put them into practice with interactive activities and discussions ranging from leadership, political platforms, fundraising, elections and more. Girl Scout citizen legacy badges are available for any participants who are scouts.

The Women and Girls Fund Mission:

“Our mission is to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy. We engage and educate our membership. We build a culture of empowerment and effective giving to increase awareness of and address the unique needs of women and girls in our local community.”

Background

The Women and Girls Fund is both a component fund of The Community Foundation and a local movement to involve women in philanthropy. Initially established as a Field of Interest fund by the 2008-2009 Community Foundation Board of Governors, this fund enriches the greater Fredericksburg region by addressing the needs of area women and girls.

By engaging and strengthening women from all walks of life, effective programs and services supported by the Women and Girls Fund can break the cycle of poverty and create healthier families and neighborhoods. Women who build on their strength have increased self-worth and are strong, positive role models for their children. Investing in girls yields still higher returns by increasing earning power and overall health among the women, their families and their communities. These positive changes can last for generations.

Women and Girls Fund Membership

The Women and Girls Fund welcomes new members. The Community Foundation founded its Women and Girls Fund on the principle that investing in women and girls is a powerful way to invest in the local community. Through the fund, the talent, ideas and financial resources of area women are utilized to meet the critical needs of women and girls in our region. Over time, the Women and ...


 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to Launch New Artmobile in Fredericksburg: Debuts at Hurkamp Park on O

Melanie Johnson
Development & Marketing Officer
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA  22404
Phone: 540-371-3037 x (135)
mjohnson@famcc.org
www.famva.org

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to Launch New Artmobile in Fredericksburg: Debuts at Hurkamp Park on Oct. 30

Richmond, Virginia – Sixty-five years after the launch of its original Artmobile, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will once again bring traveling art exhibitions and educational offerings to audiences across the Commonwealth with VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century. This state-of-the-art mobile museum and education studio makes its public debut on Oct. 30, 2018, in Fredericksburg at Hurkamp Park, 500 William Street.

The launch begins at 11 a.m. with Gov. Ralph Northam and VMFA Director Alex Nyerges providing remarks on the landmark occasion. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees will be invited to board the new Artmobile to view the inaugural exhibition, How Far Can Creativity Take You? VMFA Fellowship Artists, which explores the history and impact of VMFA’s fellowship program, the largest of its kind in the United States.

Food trucks and a band playing live music will be on hand during the launch event in Hurkamp Park. Guests can make a paper lantern with Kendra Wadsworth, a VMFA statewide artist and fellowship winner. VMFA on the Road will be open until 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. Tours will be limited to school groups from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, with public tours being offered on Friday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. during Fredericksburg’s First Friday. The Fredericksburg visit is organized in partnership with the Fredericksburg Area Museum.

For thirty years, FAM has been a steward of our community’s stories, objects, and art.  Today, the museum is in an exciting phase of rebirth. New partnerships, collaborations, and stories are bringing new life to the organization.  With these new partnerships, includes the VMFA On the Road program.  The FAM is eager to work alongside the VMFA and honored to be included in the inaugural stop, as a representative for the city, its art, and history.  Reviving the VMFA On the Road program and beginning its journey in Fredericksburg is a wonderful nod to the past and will inspire future generations to create their own fond memories of this state-wide program.

The Artmobile Yesterday and Today

Beginning in 1953 the original Artmobile program brought art exhibitions and educational programs to colleges, schools, and community organizations across Virginia for 40 years, reaching 2.5 million people. For many Virginians, this unique art-museum-on-wheels was their first encounter with VMFA. Since then, museums around the country and throughout the world have created their own mobile museum experiences.

“As a statewide art museum we are charged not only with welcoming visitors to our Richmond campus, but also with bringing art and educational programs to all corners of the Commonwealth,” says VMFA Director Alex Nyerges. “VMFA on the Road will allow us to significantly extend our reach so that every Virginian will have access to authentic works of art and arts-based educational programming regardless of ...


 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Department of Defense Selects Davis Defense Group to Provide Chemical and Biological Defense Experti

9 October 2018

Department of Defense Selects Davis Defense Group to Provide Chemical and Biological Defense Expertise

Stafford, VA – Davis Defense Group was awarded two multiple award contracts to support the Joint Program Executive Office Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO CBRND) Joint Enterprise – Omnibus Program, Engineering and Technical Support (JE OPETS). The indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contracts have a combined potential value of nearly $500M. The vehicles allow the Federal Government to obtain the professional civilian personnel to supplement and support program management, systems engineering, and technical assistance requirements as needed to facilitate systems development and life cycle management activities across the JPEO-CBRND Enterprise. PEO-CBRND manages a dynamic and diverse portfolio of critical warfighting capabilities that require cohesive and innovative total life cycle systems management approaches to rapidly respond to the needs of the Force balanced by affordable sustainment strategies.

“Davis Defense Group has served the Chemical and Biological Defense community for over 15 years. We have secured a reputation for high-integrity contracting, and we are excited to continue to provide forward-leaning solutions to support the government’s complex CBRND issues,” stated Davis Defense Group President, Kristi Wilder.

Davis Defense Group, a Women-Owned Small Business concern based in Stafford, VA, has supported the JE OPETS contract as a subcontractor since 2012, and currently employs over 600 professionals worldwide. The current JE OPETS contracts have a five-year base period, a one-year option, and potential six-month extension period, to provide support through 2025. Davis Defense Group’s service solutions include Business Analytics, Acquisition, Engineering, Logistics, Science and Technology, and Education. Information about Davis Defense may be found at its website, www.davisdefense.com, and the company is now accepting applications from cleared professional job seekers via JEOPETS@davisdefense.com


 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

HDT Celebrates New Office Opening with High-Tech Ribbon Cutting

HDT, a leading provider of highly engineered solutions for extreme environments across military, public and private sectors, is celebrating the opening of the new HDT Battle Lab and Advanced Development Engineering (Blade) Center in Spotsylvania, VA with a high-tech ribbon cutting ceremony.

HDT’s Adroit™ unmanned system, “Dexter,” will make a special appearance at the event, using near-human dexterity to cut the ribbon, marking the official opening of the new HDT facility. Following the ribbon cutting, guests will have the chance to experience the robot’s capabilities first-hand at a meet-and-greet with “Dexter.”

From this location, HDT employs 65 people, primarily engineers. HDT is the industry leader in the production of state-of-the-art, fully integrated deployable solutions, including shelters, generators, heaters, air filtration devices, robotics and other engineered technologies, currently used by U.S. and allied military units worldwide, as well as civilian government and commercial customers.

When:
Thursday, October 11, 2018 
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Where:
510 Lansdowne Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Media info:
Robin Stefanovich
(602) 540-7651
Robin.stefanovich@hdtglobal.com


 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wittman Continues to Fight for Broadband Access at Fredericksburg Chamber Event

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2018

CONTACT: Kathleen Gayle
(202) 225-4261

 

Wittman Continues to Fight for Broadband Access at Fredericksburg Chamber Event

 

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) participated in a community conversation on broadband expansion hosted by the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. The conversation took place at the Howell Branch of the Central Rappahannock Region Library in Fredericksburg.

 

“Right now, we are leaving thousands of people on the sidelines, not just in our district, but across the country,” Wittman said. “Significant human capital and economic development suffer without access to high speed internet. For example, our rural hospitals lack access to telehealth services that better equip health care providers and small business growth is stifled without the technology that spurs innovation and job creation. It is estimated that for every percentage point increase in broadband investment, 300,000 new jobs are created. By giving millions more people access to high speed broadband, we can bring the untapped potential of hard working Americans in rural areas off the sidelines and propel our nation forward in the global economy.”

 

Following keynote remarks by Congressman Wittman, the Chamber moderated a panel discussion featuring the Congressman, Courtney Dozier, Deputy Chief Broadband Advisor for Governor Northam, Adam Jorde, The Rural Broadband Association, and Elizabeth Povar, Principal Officer of the Middle Peninsula Alliance and the PamunkeyNet Project. 

 

“I want to thank the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce for putting this important event together,” Rep. Wittman continued. “We need to continue our coordination and understand how to best help all members of the community.”

 

Currently almost 50% of rural Virginians lack access to high speed internet and 29% don’t have any internet service at all. At this meeting, Congressman Wittman discussed the unique challenges that are present in the region which hinder access to high speed broadband services. This includes the labyrinth of red tape and regulations, cost of service, and varying geographic obstacles. Congressman Wittman believes that by addressing these issues and engaging federal agencies and other private stakeholders with localities, we can help bridge the digital divide.

 

“According to the FCC’s 2016 Broadband Progress Report, our region has nearly 20,000 people with no access to broadband, but the internet is a fabric that binds and connects our nation. Nearly half of rural Virginians lack access to high speed internet. In order to attract new businesses to the Fredericksburg Region, increase access and success to education, and improve health care, we need to increase our broadband infrastructure. It is our hope that elevating this critical discussion will bring Virginia and our region into the 21st century,” said Susan Spears, President and CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 

Congressman Wittman continues to be a leader on promoting access to broadband in rural areas. He has held two meetings of his Broadband Taskforce, where he brought together national, state, and local stakeholders to discuss ways of expanding broadband to unserved areas. In March, Congressman Wittman fought to get more than $685 million in the government funding bill to expand ...


 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Rep. Rob Wittman visits Rappahannock Goodwill Industries for a Roundtable Discussion

 

 

Press Release
Contact:Julie Rettinger, Vice President, Branding & Chief Administrative Officer
540-371-3070. julie.rettinger@fredgoodwill.org

 

Rep. Rob Wittman visits Rappahannock Goodwill Industries

for a Roundtable Discussion

 

Fredericksburg, VA – Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) hosted a roundtable discussion with Representative Robert (Rob) Wittman (R-VA, 1) on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Participants included representatives from Rappahannock United Way; disAbility Resource Center; FAILSAFE-ERA; and, The Brisben Center. Rep. Wittman fielded questions on issues such as employment for people with disabilities and barriers to employment; housing; and, re-entry programs.

Donnie Tolson, President and CEO of Rappahannock Goodwill, said, “We are grateful for the opportunity to convene a meeting with Rep. Wittman and our community partners to share common ideas and concerns around issues that impact our community.”  Tolson continued, “Rep. Wittman has a full command of the issues at the local, state, and federal levels. We appreciate his expertise and his willingness to listen and attempt to effect change on behalf of the individuals we serve.”

Rep. Wittman also visited with staff and program participants while at RGI’s Goodwill Community Resource Center. The Congressman expressed his appreciation of Rappahannock Goodwill and the other agencies present, and the programs and services they provide.

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About Rappahannock Goodwill Industries

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization that serves the City of Fredericksburg and a 12-county region. It provides work opportunities and job training to people with barriers to employment, particularly those with disabilities. Its operations include a commercial laundry, off-site custodial and administrative services, a packaging and assembly operation, Taskforce Staffing, ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning for Good, several Job Help Centers, thirteen Goodwill stores, a Goodwill Outlet, and numerous Attended Donation Centers.

 


 

Monday, September 17, 2018

RPI Group, Inc. Wins 5-Year ID/IQ Navy Contract for Technical Services

Fredericksburg, VA – September 2018 – RPI Group, Inc. (RPI), as a member of the UEC Prime Team, joins four other companies who were awarded a combined $949,900,000 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) supply contract from the Space and Naval Warfare Center (SPAWAR) Atlantic. The contract is for Cyber Mission Systems, Kitting and Supplies. The work includes procuring systems that provide wireless communications, detection, collection and exploitation of electrical and electronic equipment to support the warfighter. 

Related services such as sustainment, maintenance and disposal may be procured under the scope of this contract. The contract is a five-year award with a 24-month option period. Work will be performed worldwide and is expected to be completed by August 2023.  If the option is exercised, work would continue through August 2025. 

Wayne Biemolt, Director of Business Development of RPI, stated, “RPI is honored to be included on the UEC team and selected for what is our first award in the Charleston marketplace. We stand ready to begin this new relationship with UEC and look forward to supporting SPAWAR by delivering secure wireless and cyber warfare capabilities to the warfighter.”

Founded in 2001, RPI is a privately-held, CVE verified service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB); Small, Woman and Minority-Owned (SWAM) and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) company, providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DOD and the Commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network/Systems Architecture & Engineering, Industrial Control Systems Operational Technology (ICS OT), Training & Certification Testing, Research & Development, and Security Services. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; King George, VA; Charleston, SC; San Diego, CA and Littleton, CO.


 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Davis Defense Group Receives NAVAIR Program Management Support $960M IDIQ

Stafford, VA – Davis Defense Group, a Stafford County Defense Contractor, was named today as an awardee in the NAVAIR Program Management Contractor Support Services (PM CSS) Multiple Award Contact (MAC). Davis Defense Group, who is number 6 of 21 on the list, provides Systems Acquisition and Military Education support services for Federal Agencies.  Davis Defense Group founded in 2002, currently employs over 500 professionals worldwide.

“Davis Defense Group has the proven capability and reliability to deliver systems support services on time and on cost. We look forward to supporting the critical requirements of NAVAIR’s Program Management and Acquisition support contract,” stated Davis Defense Group CEO Lisa Davis.

The U.S. Navy has awarded 21 companies positions on a potential five-year, $960 million contract for program management support services to the Naval Air Systems Command.

NAVAIR received 84 offers for the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract via a small business set-aside solicitation process, the Defense Department said Wednesday.

Contractors will vie for task orders to help the command’s program executive offices plan, implement, coordinate, integrate and evaluate programmatic activities and administrative systems.

Work will take place at various locations within Patuxent River, Maryland, through June 2023.

More information about Davis Defense may be found at their website, www.davisdefense.com.  


 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Salon 730 Joins Sustainability Initiative to Keep the Planet More Beautiful

Salon 730 Joins Sustainability Initiative to Keep the Planet More Beautiful
63,180 lbs of hair clippings, 42,122 lbs of hair colour, 109,512 lbs of foil and color tubes, and 206, 392lbs of
wastepaper, salon bottles, and other paper and plastic items – that’s the amount of waste being tossed out by
hair salons across North America EVERY SINGLE DAY; that’s a whopping total of 421,206 lbs! As a newly Green
Circle Certified Salon, we are proud to announce that Salon 730 is now part of a comprehensive recycling and
sustainability program that sets out to significantly reduce our industry’s environmental impact on the planet.
From the sourcing of ingredients to the disposal of packaging and products, the salon and beauty industry has
long posed many challenges to the environment. With this in mind, we wanted to join forces with Green Circle to
take a stand for our planet and work together to reduce our ecological footprint and make our industry more
sustainable. Through our partnership with Green Circle Salons, we will be redirecting what was once considered
garbage out of our water streams and landfills to be repurposed into innovative green solutions. Starting
September 1st 2018, all hair clippings, extensions, any excess color and developer, papers and plastics, foils,
aerosol cans and color tubes from Salon 730 will be collected by GCS - effectively cutting down our salon’s total
waste, literally overnight, by 85-95%!
As our customers continue to take increasing interest in the ethical and environmental impacts of their purchasing
power, we wanted to give our customers a genuinely more responsible, and greener choice when it comes to
looking and feeling beautiful. As a member of the GCS network, Salon 730 empowers our customers with the
ability to vote with their dollars for positive change. By supporting our salon, our customers have the peace of
mind knowing that they are taking meaningful steps to keeping our communities and environment healthy.
Salon 730 is an Ingredient and Environment Conscious Salon
About Green Circle Salons
Green Circle Salons is a movement to help the salon industry reduce its environmental footprint and provide
options for consumers seeking genuine green options in salon care. Since its inception in 2009, GCS has been
building a network of certified salons and providing them with a comprehensive pathway to green solutions
including recycling, and the repurposing of hair for the manufacturing of oil spill booms (in partnership with BC
Corrections and the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women), emergency bedding (used in Haiti following the
2010 earthquake), and other ongoing sustainable research applications. Today, GCS diverts waste from landfill
spaces in every Canadian province and 45 states in the US and has the capacity to service every zip and postal
code in North America. GCS works with a growing list of leading green and industry partners including Davines,
Kevin Murphy, Goldwell, L’Oreal Professional, Redken, Pureology, Kératase, Matrix, KMS California, Intelligent
Nutrients, Neuma and others to come up with innovative green solutions and is committed to giving back ...


 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Chamber Announces Leadership Fredericksburg Class of 2019 Fellows

The Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg program is pleased to announce the 2019 Class, which runs from September 2018 through May 2019.

 

Sessions occur throughout the Fredericksburg Region and include in-depth leadership skills development and meetings with various industry and community leaders. Also, each Fellow will be paired with a trained mentor from the business community who will support his or her progress through the program. The participants will divide into teams to partner with an area organization on an Action Learning Project. Each team will present “deliverables” – concrete results –a week prior to their final class.

 

The Chamber partners with Dr. David Corderman with Academy Leadership Associates and Dr. J.R. Flatter with Flatter, Inc. to plan and implement the program. Mary Washington Healthcare is the program’s 2019 Title Sponsor. The Chamber congratulates the following individuals who were selected as 2019 Fellows and wishes them success as they begin their leadership journey:

 

Leadership Fredericksburg 2019 Fellows:

Katie Bailey, Stafford County

Cody Blankenship, Mary Washington Healthcare

Deborah Bruehs, Atlantic Builders

Sarah Chiles, Fredericksburg SPCA

Susan Coleman, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center 

Randy Comer, Thrasher Group

Sarah Degen, DSS, Inc.

Davy Fearon, Jr., Healthy Families Rappahannock Area

Lucas Flatter, Flatter, Inc.

Jennifer Freeland, Mary Washington Healthcare

Carl Fuller, Quarles Petroleum

Eugene Hamrick, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Marsha Harris, CTI Real Estate

Julianne Jarrell, Jarrell Properties, Inc. 

Ashley Katsourakis, Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown Fredericksburg

Lynne Keenan, Naval Support Activity South Potomac-Dahlgren

Cassie Kimberlin, Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity

Katherine Leimbach, Cask, LLC

Kimberly Leone, The Gemini 3 Group

Jo Ann Lohr, LifeCare Medical Transports

Sarah Maguire, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Shawn McGill, Lifepoint Church

Linda Millsaps, George Washington Regional Commission  

JoAnn Murchison, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Jason Rachanow, SimVentions

Matthew Rothe, The Way Church

Jayson Silvera, DDR Courier

Donald Smith, NSWC Federal Credit Union

Amy Woodruff, Union Bank & Trust

Kimberly Young, University of Mary Washington

 

 

The Chamber would like to thank the following sponsors, whose generosity makes possible the Leadership Fredericksburg program:

 

Title Sponsor

Mary Washington Healthcare

 

Gold Sponsors

Atlantic Builders

CTI Real Estate

Flatter, Inc.

LifeCare Medical Transports

Lifepoint Church

NSWC Federal Credit Union

Stafford County

Union Bank and Trust


 

Friday, June 29, 2018

NSWC FCU Takes Step Toward Exciting Future

NSWC FCU Takes Step Toward Exciting Future

On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 26th, NSWC Federal Credit Union and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a Building Dedication and Business After Hours for their new Massaponax Branch and Operations Center. Chamber officials Susan Spears and Stacy Horne stood alongside NSWC FCU CEO, Bruce Six, the entire NSWC FCU Board of Directors, Baskervill representatives, and Emerald Construction representatives for a brief ribbon cutting ceremony before opening the building for tours, gifts, a prize drawing, and refreshments. Just over 100 Credit Union members, local dignitaries, and community members were in attendance.

The new branch replaces the Southpoint branch just over 1 mile north of the new location. The Massaponax location is half the size at 1,300 square feet and features more conveniences like dual drive thru lanes, a self-service coin machine, and a drive up ATM. The branch also features an innovative new design and teller towers as opposed to a traditional teller line.

The operations center located in the back of the building allows for more IT opportunities than previously, brings the marketing department into one building rather than being spread across three locations, and provides a larger and more private space for the contact center, among other things.


 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Community Conversation: Governor Ralph Northam

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Governor Ralph Northam to the Fredericksburg region as part of our Community Conversation series presented by Virginia Partners Bank on June 19, 2018. The event will be held at the Jepson Center on the University of Mary Washington’s campus at 8:30 a.m.

Governor Northam will address the membership on the New Virginia Economy. In his first year, Governor Northam has identified the economy and returning Virginia to its status as a top state for business as a priority of his administration. This event will be the Fredericksburg region’s first opportunity to hear Governor Northam’s plan for the state’s economy and to ask the governor questions.

 

Before he was inaugurated as the 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ralph Northam served as an Army doctor, pediatric neurologist, business owner, state Senator and Lieutenant Governor. Governor Northam approaches public service with the same passion he brought to his military and medical service.  He is committed to working with leaders from both parties to build a Virginia that works better for every family, no matter who they are or where they live.  

 

To register for the event, please go to fredericksburgchamber.org or call the Chamber office at 540.373.9400.

 

 

Series sponsored by: Virginia Partners Bank

Events sponsors: sPOWER, 95 Express Lanes, Matern Staffing, and CTI Real Estate


 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ScoutComms Honored as 2018 ‘Best For The World’ Company for Positively Impacting Workers...

 ScoutComms Honored as 2018 ‘Best For The World’ Company for Positively Impacting Workers, Environment, Community and Customers

 

Veteran-owned company receives B Lab’s highest recognition possible after only three years as a Certified B Corporation

Today, ScoutComms was recognized by the nonprofit B Lab as a “Best for the World” company across three categories — Overall, Best for Workers, and Best for Community — as a result of its proven ability as a for-profit business to create an extraordinarily positive impact in the world. ScoutComms is proud to be the only American marketing and communications firm to be named as an Overall honoree. This is the third year in a row that ScoutComms has been recognized as a Best for the World company since becoming a certified B Corporation in 2015, and the first year it has been honored in the most selective Overall category. Honorees are featured on B the Change, the digital Medium publication produced by B Lab, at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld.

 B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

 ScoutComms is the nation’s leading communications, advocacy, philanthropic strategy and market research firm dedicated to providing services that support veterans and military families, and is one of the few B Corps run by veterans and dedicated to supporting veterans.

 “We are thrilled to be named as an Overall Honoree - it’s a goal we have been striving towards since we first became a Certified B Corporation,” said Fred Wellman, ScoutComms CEO and founder. “After three years as a B Corp, we know that we can achieve our profit goals as a company while also positively impacting our employees, community, customers and the environment. We are constantly innovating and searching for new ways to make a difference. It’s an incredible honor to have these efforts be recognized and to have our positive impact certified by an objective third party.”

 The Best For The World Overall list is limited to businesses around the world that scored in the top 10 percent across all categories on the biannual B Impact Assessment. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent of all B Corporations set a gold standard for companies using business as a force for good. ScoutComms made the list thanks to its exceptional work towards its mission of advocating for veterans and service members, and empowering those who support them.

 The assessment measures a company's positive impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment, and must be completed by any company that wants to be certified as a B Corporation. All assessment answers are reviewed and verified by B Lab, the founder of the B Corp movement.

  “With the rise of anger at a system that feels rigged, people are hungry for companies like ScoutComms, who are changing the system by building businesses that seek to create the greatest positive impact,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, ...


 

Monday, June 11, 2018

RPI GROUP, INC. IS ONE OF INC. MAGAZINE’S BEST WORKPLACES 2018

RPI GROUP, INC. IS ONE OF INC. MAGAZINE’S

BEST WORKPLACES 2018

 

 

RPI Group, Inc. is one of the highest-scoring businesses

 with standout employee engagement

 

Fredericksburg, Virginia (May 23, 2018) – RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2018, the publication’s third annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector.

 

Hitting newsstands in the June 2018 issue, and as part of a prominent inc.com feature, the award is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies who have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits. Out of thousands of applicants, Inc. singled out just under 300 winning companies.

 

Built in partnership with employee engagement and work culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, NE, Inc.’s Best Workplaces list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent.


What does it take to become a company that workers want to be part of? Inc. magazine says it’s more than good pay and good perks – it’s also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor, and leadership that makes them all work together.

 

Robert Pleban, the CEO of RPI, states “It is an absolute honor to be chosen as an Inc Best Workplace two years in a row. This is a direct reflection of our incredible folks in the field and the hard work of our HR/Recruiting staff. We look forward to another outstanding year of taking excellent care of our talented personnel at headquarters and at customer sites!”

The 2018 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on the basis of benefits offered and employees’ responses to a unique, 30-question survey fielded by each of the applying companies. Responses were evaluated by the research team at Quantum Workplace. For its results to qualify, each company had to achieve a statistically significant response rate based on employee count. Survey scores account for employer size to level the playing field between small and large businesses. All companies had to have minimum of 10 employees and to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent – that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.

While researching the entries, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes develop:

  • Strong company cultures breed stunning individual and team performance.
  • Workers at the best companies don’t view their employers as sugar daddies. They aren’t mesmerized by whatever giveaways seem to be the latest fad—be it gourmet lunches or beer fridges.
  • When employees feel valued by their organization, they are far more likely to be engaged. This single factor proved to be one of the largest drivers of employee engagement.

 

“By including an employee survey into this year’s Best Workplaces selection process, we’ve really raised the bar. Companies that don’t score at the very top of their peer group don’t make the cut. So, our hats are off to the ...


 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Mary Washington Medical Group Welcomes Family Medicine and Pediatrics Practice

Mary Washington Medical Group Welcomes Family Medicine and Pediatrics Practice

 Fredericksburg, Va. – (May 30, 2018) – Mary Washington Healthcare is pleased to welcome a new practice to the Mary Washington Medical Group family. On June 2, 2018, Caroline Christian Health Center and Mary Washington Medical Group Family Medicine, both located in Ladysmith, will become Mary Washington Medical Group Family Medicine and Pediatrics. Patients of this practice will continue to receive the same care and medical expertise of Drs. Daniel Trementozzi and Ekram Guirguis. Carol Campbell will continue to serve in her capacity as Nurse Practitioner.

 

Dr. Trementozzi graduated from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in 1994 and began his internship at Madigan Army Medical Center as a captain in the U.S. Army. He completed his pediatric residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1997 and moved with his family to complete his military service at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. In 2007, Dr. Trementozzi opened the Caroline Christian Health Center, a non-profit, faith-based pediatric clinic in Ladysmith, Virginia, where he provided pediatric medical care to both English and Spanish speaking patients.

 

Dr. Ekram Guirguis completed a residency in family medicine at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania, and was previously a pediatrics resident at Abo-El-Rish University Hospital of Pediatrics in Cairo, Egypt. She earned her medical degree and a master’s degree in pediatrics from the Cairo University School of Medicine. Dr. Guirguis is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is fluent in both English and Arabic. 

 

Dr. Trementozzi stated, “I am excited to become partners with Mary Washington Medical Group. Our priority has always been to provide the best possible care for our patients, but now they will have access to extended services for a more comprehensive approach to wellness.”

 

Mary Washington Medical Group is a name adopted by 20 medical practices and over 75 providers who are affiliated with Mary Washington Healthcare throughout the region. These practices efficiently provide patient-centered care for the entire family in specialties ranging from family medicine to highly specialized surgical care. Patients not only have access to a comprehensive range of care, but also the leading-edge clinical expertise and technology available throughout the Mary Washington Healthcare system.

Mary Washington Medical Group Family Medicine and Pediatrics is located at 8051 Prosperity Way, Suite 100, Ruther Glen, Virginia. 804.448.0198. Visit practices.mwhc.com to learn more.


 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

REC Warns of Potential Scammers

REC Warns of Potential Scammers

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) urges members to beware of anyone calling to demand immediate payment for services from the co-op. Callers may claim the electric service will be disconnected unless the bill is immediately paid.

If you receive a suspicious call, please keep the following in mind:

  • REC does not use collection agencies to contact members by phone.
  • Employees from REC do attempt to contact members with delinquent payments to warn them that they are subject to disconnection, but that is done by an automated calling system. The co-op’s member service representatives do not demand immediate payment, but can take payments over the phone when necessary.
  • If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be an REC employee demanding immediate payment, report the suspicious activity to local law enforcement.
  • If you are uncertain if a call you received came from a legitimate REC representative please call REC directly at 1-800-552-3904 to confirm.

REC provides electric service to over 167,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Featured Visionary: The Childress Agency

The Childress Agency, Inc. (CAI) was launched by President and CEO Gerald Childress, along
with wife Kendall, as a custom website firm. Gerald’s passionate about bettering his
community and bringing jobs to the Fredericksburg area. A veteran who proudly served his
country in Desert Storm, The Childress Agency is a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned
Small Business and a SWaM certified business. He also serves on several boards, such as
Families of the Wounded Fund, GMAC and recently joined the Rotary. He is a true
supporter of the community.

Realizing that small and midsized companies could not afford marketing in-house, what
started as a website company quickly became a full-service marketing agency. He
assembled a marketing team that he felt was the best and the brightest and offers their
services to companies of all sizes. Ultimately, enabling all businesses to have that marketing
team they would love to hire in-house. But the heart and soul of the company is designing
dynamic websites for any size company.

This unique mix of successful marketers he assembled meet the clients where they are, they
research their competitors, think about things that are obstacles, become their clients’
teammates. Their experience ranges from the freshly graduated intern to seasoned
professionals with 20+ years in the marketing industry. They believe each brand begins the
marketing journey with a top-notch website. Each and every client gets the same dedication
to setting them apart and thinking beyond their perceived limitations in order to achieve
their goals, both short and long term.

When you hire their agency, you hire a partner. While the skills that an agency brings to the
table are an important part of the partnership equation, they believe that the culture is
equally important. Culture is important to The Childress Agency. When they started CAI,
they wanted to simply create a place that would provide small businesses in the
Fredericksburg community with the opportunity to have top-notch marketing services. And
one that would create jobs for the community of Fredericksburg. They wanted to create a
place where people would enjoy working. Driven by their values and as a result, they
attracted talent that share the same values.

The opportunity to work with the community of Fredericksburg and be a part of an effort to
help make it shine is a personal passion of The Childress Agency. They are active members
of the Fredericksburg community. Members of team volunteer in many different
community groups and they are Visionary Members of The Chamber of Commerce. They
live, work and thrive here and are excited to have the opportunity to bring their personal
passion to make a real impact.

In hiring The Childress Agency, you not only have a partner with the expertise and skill to
help you develop a sound brand, but you also acquire a passionate partner who cares about
the future success of the community. Whether your business is in need of a logo or full
branding, The Childress Agency is your partner for marketing support.


 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

CIP Finishes is Furnishing Hardware for Trellis House

CIP Finishes is Furnishing Hardware for Trellis House

In Redevelopment of Washington’s U Street Corridor

Interior Hardware Reflects Urban Design, Sustainable-Living Focus

 

STAFFORD, VA, June 5, 2018 - CIP Finishes is furnishing and installing interior hardware for Trellis House, a distinctive mixed-use housing community underway as part of the redevelopment of U Street corridor in Washington, D.C. Hardware selections in the property’s 319 apartments, townhouse-style units and common areas reflect the design tastes and lifestyles of the young professionals who will live there.

“The interior hardware finishes at Trellis House are important for their functional use and the overall design of the community,” says CIP Finishes Founder and President Paul Milde. “We are also focused on helping the builder complete the project within an aggressive time frame.”

Trellis House is located at 2323 Sherman Ave., at the corner of Sherman and Barry Place in the North Shaw neighborhood near Howard University. The builder is CBG Building Company and the architect and interior designer is Niles Bolton Associates. Barry Place Partners is the developer.

 

The complex blends high-end finishes and amenities with sustainable-living features that have earned the community a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certified Design, notes the Trellis House website trellishousedc.com.

 

 

 

 

​​​​​​​​​​Photo Courtesy of Niles Bolton Associates

Milde says interior hardware finishes complementing Trellis House’s urban design and sustainable-living focus include:

 

  • Spa-quality shower doors and bathroom fixtures in the living units and mirrors in the community’s fitness center.
  • Adjustable storage shelves at the entryway of units to maximize tight spaces with minimalist design.
  • Bike racks, an increasingly important feature for supporting sustainable living in urban communities.
  • High-end bath accessories and toilet partitions in the community’s club room.

 

In all, CIP is responsible for providing and installing 40 types of hardware totaling more than 7,000 pieces that were selected for the project, ranging from unit door hardware to fire extinguishers and cabinets.

 

 

​​​​​​​​​CIP Finishes President Paul Milde (left) at Trellis House installation. Photo by Rae Moriarty for CIP Finishes.

 

 

​​​​​​​​​​​Photo Courtesy of Niles Bolton Associates

Trellis House will offer residents a long list of amenities including an elevated interior courtyard with a pool and grill area; a large clubhouse with a fitness studio, yoga room, club room and business center; a pet “spa” for bathing companion animals; a test kitchen for cooking events and demos; a private dining room; and a sky terrace with a hydroponic growing room and views of the Washington skyline.

About CIP Finishes

CIP Finishes is a specialty construction firm that furnishes and installs interior hardware in large multi-family residential, commercial and related projects in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland and other regions. Based in Stafford County, Va., CIP Finishes is a Class A contractor licensed in all trades. Founded in 1988 by Paul Milde, the company is committed to competitive pricing, unparalleled customer service and expert execution of a large variety of items within residential buildings, including toilet and bath accessories, shower doors, mirrors, door hardware, blinds, bike racks, fire extinguishers and any number of specialized amenity items. Learn more at cipfinishes.com.


 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

HCA Virginia Names New CEO of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center

HCA Virginia Names New CEO of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
Spotsylvania, Va. (May 31, 2018) — HCA Virginia announced the appointment of David McKnight, as chief executive officer of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, effective June 1, 2018.
McKnight has been serving as interim chief executive officer at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center since January 1, 2018. He first joined Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center as the chief financial officer in November 2015. David McKnight has been with HCA Virginia since 2010 in various strategic and leadership positions.
The community recognizes McKnight as a leader poised for growth. “As a longtime member of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to welcome David McKnight to the permanent CEO role. He has proven himself as a tremendous leader and is committed to the long term success of the hospital,” Lynne Richardson, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. Dr. Henry S. Wicker, Jr., General Surgeon, also shared his thoughts, “David McKnight has a long history with HCA and has brought his financial and management expertise to Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. He has forged strong and productive relationships with the Medical Staff and we are thrilled to see him move into this next phase of his career. He cares deeply for the success of the hospital and the health of the greater Spotsylvania community.”
“I am honored to serve as Chief Executive Officer for Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center,” said McKnight. “Over the last two and half years, I have fallen in love with this hospital, the people, and this community. I believe we are in the relationship business, and I am very passionate about healthcare. We have to connect with our patients, our employees, our physicians, and our community. I truly believe the best days are ahead for SRMC and together we can accomplish anything. Our team is committed to delivering the highest quality of care to the community we serve.”
Prior to coming to Spotsylvania Regional, McKnight served as controller for HCA’s Capital Division and as the AVP of Finance and Controller at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem, VA. McKnight has a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Marketing Management, and a Masters of Business Administration from Radford University. He and his wife, Sabrina have three sons, and love being a part of Fredericksburg.


 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

REC Continues Restoration Efforts after ‘Mini Derecho’

REC Continues Restoration Efforts after ‘Mini Derecho’

 

Power restoration efforts will continue overnight after storms packing winds of up to 75 mph barreled through Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) service territory Monday evening, knocking out power to more than 38,000 members at the storm’s peak.

 

As of 5 p.m., more than 6,000 members remained without service, and REC estimates the majority of those members will have power by late tomorrow night. REC cautions additional storms forecast for tonight and tomorrow may slow restoration efforts as crews take precautions to ensure they can work safely.

 

The cluster of storms, which the National Weather Service called a “mini derecho,” snapped trees, downed lines and broke about 25 poles throughout REC’s service territory.

 

“The damage was severe and widespread,” said Maxie Rozell, manager of REC’s eastern region. “The dangerous winds, coupled with heavy downpours, caused extensive damage to REC’s electrical system. “

 

In Virginia, REC was the hardest-hit electric cooperative. As a result, REC was able to call in 24 crews from other electric co-ops to work with REC crews and contractors until service is restored to all members.

 

Members are asked to keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Avoid all power lines that have fallen. Consider all lines energized, as well as trees or limbs in contact with lines. Please report downed power lines to REC and your local police department.
  • If you are using a portable electric generator, do not connect it directly to household wiring. Power from generators can back feed along power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including line workers making repairs. Also, only use a generator outside and away from doors and windows to keep dangerous carbon monoxide fumes from entering the house.
  • Those without power are urged to exercise extreme caution if using candles for emergency lighting, and to not leave burning candles unattended. They are also urged to cut off major appliances until after power is restored.
  • Check on friends and neighbors, especially those who are ill or elderly, who may need assistance or a place to cool off.

REC provides electric service to over 167,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 


 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

RGI Awarded Contracts For Job Placement Services In Fredericksburg

Contact: Megan Bergen, Rappahannock Goodwill Vice President, Mission Services and Chief Mission Officer.
540-371-3070. megan.bergen@FredGoodwill.org

RGI Awarded Contracts For Job Placement Services In Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Virginia — Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) has been granted two contracts through the Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board to offer job placement services to unemployed workers in the Fredericksburg area.

Starting this July, RGI will be responsible for providing job placement and training services through the One Stop Center serving Planning District 16. The One Stop Center provides tools and resources to give determined workers the necessities to apply for local job vacancies.

RGI was also awarded the contract for the Adults and Dislocated Workers Program through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The programs are designed to give individuals job training and professional job-seeking skills and better position applicants to secure high-quality employment opportunities.

Both of these services were previously handled by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).

“It is an honor to have been awarded this job placement contract and to be serving adult workers in the Fredericksburg region,” says Megan Bergen, Rappahannock Goodwill Vice President, Mission Services and Chief Mission Officer. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to connect reliable individuals with employers as we grow and maintain a fruitful relationship with employees, families, and businesses.”

This new contract goes into effect July 1, 2018.

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Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization that serves the City of Fredericksburg and a 12-county region. It provides work opportunities and job training to people with barriers to employment. Its operations include a commercial laundry, custodial services, a packaging and assembly operation, recycling center, Taskforce Staffing, Job Help Centers, twelve Goodwill stores, a Goodwill Outlet, and numerous donation centers.


 

Friday, May 4, 2018

STAFFORD ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY ATTENDS EXCLUSIVE CONFERENCE AND CELEBRATES LEGAL MILESTONE

Stafford, Virginia — Renowned Stafford estate planning and elder law attorney, Gaby Coronado,
attended one of the nation’s premier legal education conferences celebrated in Las Vegas, NV
from April 25 through April 29. The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys hosted their
25th annual Spring Summit which included over 100 estate planning law firms from around the
country.
The American Academy is committed to helping its Member attorneys innovate the way they
practice law. The conference focused on attorneys enhancing relationships within their
communities, cutting-edge legal education, practice management and leadership training. “The
25th Anniversary was not only the celebration of the American Academy, but also a celebration of
the 25 years of transforming Estate Planning law firms. We wanted to focus this event on showing
our members how they are transforming their clients’ lives and how they can continue to do so.”
said Sanford M. Fisch, CEO and co-founder of the American Academy.
The Summit kicked off on Thursday with a keynote address focusing on changing one’s mindset
from Managing Partner of the Arbinger Institute, James Ferrell. Gaby Coronado also received legal
training on new legal strategies and updates in estate planning during the sessions: Planning for
Special Needs Persons, Asset Protection, The New Tax Law: What You Need to Know, and The
Basics of Basis. The highlight of the event was the Academy’s 25th Anniversary Gala Reception,
where they celebrated a milestone, not only for the Academy, but for the estate planning landscape
nationwide.
Gaby Coronado revealed “This event helped us rediscover our purpose in helping families create
an estate plan that will secure their assets and legacy for future generations. The American
Academy and these conferences provide us with the education, systems, and resources that ensure
we give our clients the best legal help available, while building a continuous, positive, relationship
with our clients”
The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys began in 1993 with a mission to help its
members transform the way they practice law. The Academy’s focus is to provide members with
the support they need to provide cutting-edge legal solutions while making the estate planning
process a relaxed, enjoyable, and positive experience for their clients.
Coronado Law Office, PLLC. devotes its practice to estate planning and elder law and has been a
member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys since 2016. Coronado Law
Office is one of only four firms in Virginia to be admitted to Academy membership. The firm has
helped many clients meet their estate planning goals and pass on meaningful legacies to their loved
ones. To learn more about how you can achieve your estate planning goals, please call (540) 300-
5292 or visit www.coronadolawva.com. Media inquiries on estate planning topics are also
welcome. ###


 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Leadership Fredericksburg 2019 Application: OPEN

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its signature program, Leadership Fredericksburg, which is now in its 12th year.

 

The 27 people selected will attend an orientation session in September for the nine-month program. They will also receive a personal assessment and executive coaching session, learn skills to create a personal leadership development plan and mission statement, and have a trained program mentor from the business community.

 

In addition, participants will be assigned to teams to work on an Action Learning Project in which they’ll partner with an area organization to work on a project with community impact. Project presentations and the graduation ceremony occur separately in May 2019.

 

Tuition for Leadership Fredericksburg is $1,995 per Chamber member attendee, $1,695 for Chamber charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and $2,995 for non-members.

 

Application form for the nine-month course can be downloaded here or by calling the Chamber office at 540-373-9400. There is a $25 application fee, and the application deadline is July 2, 2018.

 

More information about the program may be found at: http://www.fxbgchamber.org/Leadership-Home

               


 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Catalyst Solutions, LLC, Awarded Contract to Support Marine Corps Acquisition Leadership

Catalyst Solutions, LLC, Awarded Contract to

Support Marine Corps Acquisition Leadership

STAFFORD, V.A. —April 24, 2018—Catalyst Solutions, LLC, has been awarded a prime five-year contract by Operations and Programs Directorate (OPS&PROG), Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM). Catalyst, the incumbent has served OPS&PROG for the previous three years. Catalyst personnel, comprised of seasoned and certified acquisition professionals, represent a wealth of knowledge pertaining to long-term enterprise operations and planning.

The scope of this contract provides professional program management acquisition to MARCORSYSCOM headquarters OPS&PROG divisions and teams. OPS&PROG enables Program Managers to equip and sustain warfighting equipment for Marines, through continuous training and professional development of Program Management (PM), Operations Research/Systems Analysis (ORSA) workforce. The Directorate equips the workforce with the staff, tools, policy, and processes to execute the programs of MARCORSYSCOM and affiliated Program Executive Offices (PEO).

“It’s has been a privilege and pleasure to support the mission of AC PROG and OPS&PROG over the past three years. Catalyst Solutions is honored to return in support of OPS&PROG mission, working alongside our government team to produce meaningful results,” said John Calvert, Catalyst founder, and Managing Director. “We’re committed to supporting the professionals who make the acquisition process effective for our Marines.”

Headquartered in Stafford, VA with offices in Charleston, SC, Catalyst Solutions, LLC, is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), specializing in research, engineering, and management. As a small business source of high caliber, multi-disciplinary talent, we are credited with seasoned and certified professionals whose knowledge spans the full spectrum of acquisition competencies.

For more information, contact Nichole Bolen at Nichole.Bolen@catalystllc.co.


 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Library celebrates Cooper Branch improvements with May 1 Open House

Fredericksburg, Virginia, April 26, 2018 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) welcomes all to an Open House celebrating improvements at Cooper Branch, 20 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach, on Tuesday, May 1, 4:00-6:00. Refreshments will be served.

 

Local author Sherryl Woods is generously donating proceeds from her book, A Small Town Love Story: Colonial Beach, Virginia, to fund these improvements. Library customers can enjoy new furnishings throughout the branch, fresh paint, a 55-gallon fish tank, new shelving in the children’s department, Xbox game systems and a charging station for teens, and a new 70-inch flat-screen TV in the meeting room.


 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Greens 4 Dreams Tournament supports military dependent Scholarships

Greens 4 Dreams Tournament supports military dependent Scholarships
Play for chance to win Caribbean Cruise/Pro Sports Tickets!
Quantico, VA, April 11, 2018– The Quantico Officers’ Spouses’ Club (QOSO) invites all military and civilians to participate in their annual Greens 4 Dreams Golf Tournament on April 27, 2018 at the Medal of Honor Golf Course. All proceeds benefit the QOSO Military Dependent Scholarship Program which is open to all dependents of active duty, retired or deceased services members of every rank and service in the Quantico area.
“Did you know that the average military dependent child will move 6-9 times in the course of their school career? That’s more than three times what civilian children experience. Similarly, military spouses are 3 times more likely to be under-employed or need to change careers than their civilian counterparts,” Toni Stinson, QOSO Greens 4 Dreams Event Chair said. “Getting an education and a career is challenging enough for military dependents, we think financial hurdles should be one less thing our military families should have to worry about and that’s why QOSO has provided scholarships for decades,” Stinson continued.
QOSO has awarded more than $130,000 in scholarship in the past ten years and Stinson hopes that this year’s Greens 4 Dreams Golf Tournament will provide many deserving military dependent students a way to a higher education.
This year’s Greens 4 Dreams Tournament boasts many prizes and contests, among them two cruises for two to the Caribbean or Mexico, professional sporting event tickets for two, golf gear and much more! Entry fee covers all greens fees, cart, tournament gift, breakfast and lunch and ticket for prize drawings!
Additionally, the tournament has FOUR FREE spots for junior Marines or Sailors to play! Service members must be E1 – E5 and must provide ID card proof on the day of the tournament. First come, first serve. Contact Event Chair at greens4dreams@qoso.org to sign up.
The tournament is scramble format with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. Foursomes that register together receive a discounted fee of $360 and individual golfers are $100. Registration closes Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
For more information and to register, please visit www.greens4dreams.com
Come out and support your military community and have a great time doing it


 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

RPI GROUP INC. NAMED AS 10th Annual SECAF FINALIST

RPI GROUP INC. NAMED AS 10th Annual SECAF FINALIST FOR

PRESTIGIOUS SECAF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR (UNDER $7.5 MILLION IN REVENUE)

RPI Group Inc. Honored for Excellence in the Government Contracting Industry

 

April 3, 2018, McLean, VA – RPI Group Inc. (RPI) announced that it was selected as a finalist for the 10th Annual Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) Awards.  Winners will be announced at the SECAF Awards Gala on Tuesday, May 10, 2018 at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner.  The event honors small and emerging government contractors and the players in the industry that rely on small business.

2018 finalists are named in the following categories:

  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year (Under $7.5 Million in Revenue)
  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year ($7.5 to $15 Million in Revenue)
  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year ($15 to $27.5 Million in Revenue)
  • SECAF Award of Excellence
  • SECAF Government Project of the Year
  • SECAF Small Business Mentor/Partner of the Year

 

RPI Group Inc. is a finalist for SECAF Government Contractor of the Year (Under $7.5 Million in Revenue). “We are pleased to be selected as a SECAF award finalist!” states Robert Pleban, President and CEO of RPI. “This is a highly prestigious award in the Washington DC marketplace for government contractors. RPI is honored to be chosen in this extremely competitive category.”

 

"For the last decade, the SECAF Awards Gala has spotlighted the tremendous small businesses that are doing outstanding and innovative work in the government contracting community,” said Cameron Hamilton, Senior Managing Director at The McLean Group and one of the 2018 event chairs.  “We are thrilled to recognize RPI Group Inc., as it is a shining example of the tenacity, vision, and commitment that enable the community of small business government contractors to deliver excellence year in and year out.”

 

About RPI Group Inc.

Founded in 2001, RPI is a privately-held, CVE verified service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB); Small, Woman and Minority-Owned (SWAM) and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) company, providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DOD and the Commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network/Systems Architecture & Engineering, Industrial Control Systems Operational Technology (ICS OT), Training & Certification Testing, Research & Development, and Security Services. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; King George, VA; Charleston, SC; San Diego, CA and Littleton, CO.

 

About The 10th Annual SECAF Awards Gala

The 10th Annual SECAF Awards Gala is the premier commemorative event honoring the small and emerging government contractors and the players in the ecosystem that rely on small business. The event, expected to sell out at more than 500 attendees, will be held Thursday, May 10, 2018, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner. Tickets and tables can be purchased at: www.secaf.org.

 

About The Small and Emerging Contractors ...


 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Startup wants to offer pedal-powered tours of downtown Fredericksburg

Startup wants to offer pedal-powered tours of downtown Fredericksburg

Olde Skool Tours

Olde Skool Tours is seeking City Council's approval to operate pedal-powered tours of downtown Fredericksburg.

Olde Skool Tours will be available for bachelor and bachelorette parties as well as weddings.

Visitors may soon be getting a unique way to tour downtown Fredericksburg.

The City Council will hold a public hearing and take the first of two votes on Olde Skool Tours LLC’s request to operate pedal-powered tours of the area’s historic sites, breweries and coffee shops when it meets at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday in City Hall, 715 Princess Anne St.

If the tour company receives final approval at the council’s meeting on April 24, it will join the ranks of walking, trolley, bus and horse-drawn carriage tours offered in the city’s historic district next month.

Fredericksburg, which had 36,000 tourists stop at its Visitor Center last year, has eight tour operators downtown, according to Danelle Rose, Fredericksburg’s tourism services manager. They include John Kanaster, owner of Fredericksburg Tours LLC, who began offering walking tours last Sunday.

Tanya Ison, a financial analyst for a government contractor, said she was inspired to start Olde Skool Tours after spotting Big Red Pedal Tours’ 15-customer pedicycle while in Philadelphia. Its open-air “tour bus” has 12 seats equipped with bicycle-type pedals lining each side, and a seat for three riders in the back. The customers provide most of the power for the vehicle, which has a backup motor to provide assistance on hills.

“I was like, we should really do this in Fredericksburg. This would be great,” she said. We live in such a historical area, but my kids don’t know much about it. This would work with high schools and field trips, and let people know where we really live.”

Ison called Eric Keiles, Big Red Pedal Tours’ founder, to get an idea of what she’d need to do to start her own tour. She also did a Google search for starting a business in Fredericksburg, and found a bevy of helpful resources on the city’s website, fredericksburgva.com/150/Business-Development-Toolkit.

It included information about services offered by the University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center. They include classes for people interested in starting a business, and Ison signed up for one. Among other things, it helped her figure out who the company’s target audience would be and whether it would fill a niche.

Ison said the pedicycle is eye-catching, will likely attract both younger and older generations. It’s also eco-friendly, since it relies on people to power the vehicle.

Her husband, Stewart Ison, a maintenance supervisor with experience in engine and bicycle repair, and their good friend, Christopher Paunov, a Virginia Tech grad who enjoys participating in historical re-enactments, both thought offering pedicycle tours of Fredericksburg was a good idea, she said. But they didn’t take her seriously until she applied for a business license.

“They were like, ‘OK, let’s do it,’ “ Ison said.

If approved to operate downtown, ...


 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

March Real Estate Market Brings More Gains Bad weather didn’t keep buyers away

Fredericksburg, VA (April 10, 2018) The following analysis of the Fredericksburg, Virginia area housing market has been prepared by the Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® based on analysis of brightMLS multiple listing data.

 

Despite cold weather, ice, and snow, buyers and sellers got together in the month of March to produce year-over-year increases in total sold dollar volume, median sold price, and units sold, further contributing to the decline in days on market.  Total sold dollar volume increased over 7% to nearly $150 million fueled by a median price of $299,500, representing a nearly 7% increase over March of 2017.  Units sold remained fairly static at 474 compared to 466 last March, a 1.72% year-over-year increase. 

 

Days on market, the time it takes from when a listing enters the market until it receives a ratified contract, fell nearly 12% with houses averaging 68 days on the market in March of 2018 compared to 77 days in March of 2017.  Days on market varies widely across the Fredericksburg region with a high of 109 days in King George County to a low of 56 in Stafford County for the month of March.

 

Active listings posted a more than 10% drop from March of 2017, with 1,310 active listings for March 2018 compared to 1,466 last year.  New listings also saw a small year-over-year decrease with 966 new properties coming available in March 2018 compared to 1,007 in 2017, representing a 4% decrease.  The market is currently running at a 2.6-month supply.  Months of supply is the measure of how many months it would take for the current inventory of homes on the market to sell, given the current pace of home sales.  A 5-month supply of homes is considered a healthy market, offering opportunities for a range of prospective buyers.  The market is currently seeing the lowest months of supply levels in over 10 years.  The supply peaked in 2008 with a 12-month supply of homes in June of 2008. 

 

"The spring market has started strong,” states FAAR Board Member Drew Fristoe. “Buyers and sellers who have been waiting have decided to start the buying or selling process. The slightly higher interest rates are helping to get buyers to move. This spring looks to be a good one. "


 

Monday, April 9, 2018

HELP AVAILABLE FOR WOMEN AFFECTED BY TRAUMA

Fredericksburg, Virginia – Many women who struggle with substance use disorder have experienced trauma earlier in their lives. Numerous studies show a correlation between substance abuse and past trauma. Often, these adverse experiences can complicate the recovery process. Fortunately, research has also shown that recovery from both trauma and substance abuse is possible. The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board will offer a program that can help women develop coping skills and work toward healing.

 

The group-therapy program is based on the curriculum “Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women” by Stephanie Covington. It will begin on April 27, and will run for 12 sessions on Fridays from 12:30—2 p.m.

 

Project LINK, which is part of RACSB, is sponsoring this clinical treatment group. Transportation assistance will be available for participants.

 

“This program will provide hope for women impacted by trauma or violence,” said Glenda Knight, Project LINK Program Manager. “Participants will learn coping skills and grounding techniques. Beyond Trauma can give them the tools they need to build a brighter future.”

 

To sign up for Beyond Trauma, call Knight at 540-891-3132 or email gknight@rappahannockareacsb.org

 

 

Founded in 1970, RACSB provides public mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and prevention/early intervention services to the residents of the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. To learn more, visit www.rappahannockareacsb.org.

 

 


 

Friday, April 6, 2018

CARDINAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH CAREERS ANNOUNCES HIRING OF VETERAN

March 2018Cardinal Institute for Health Careers (CHIC) is proud to announce and welcome Dayna Whiting as our new Administrative Assistant. Whiting will be responsible for leading CIHC through the accreditation process, which will allow CIHC to accept federal student aid funding such as: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Benefits, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, Additional Federal Pell Grant Funds,  Student Loans and Scholarships.

 

Whiting served in the United States Air Force until her discharge in 2006. She has held administrative assistant roles in various fields throughout her career, to include information technology, education, and the health & wellness industry.

 

“I have always wanted to help people. My desire was for a position that would be both a challenge and rewarding,” shares Whiting, “I feel I have what I was looking for here at CIHC. I’m looking forward to helping those who have a passion for helping others.”

 

Whiting comes to CIHC with a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelors in Information Technology.

 

“We are exceptionally pleased to have Dayna become a part of CIHC,” shares Linda Copeland, R.N. & President of Cardinal Institute for Health Career, “We take great pride in our veterans who sacrifice for our country. Dayna’s extensive military experience, organizational skills, and commitment to duty will significantly contribute in CIHC achieving accreditation status, which will support students’ financial endeavors. We are actively hiring veterans and are always open to discussing career and teaching opportunities, especially those who are licensed registered nurses.”

 

 To learn more about CIHC contact info@cihealthcareers.com or 540-479-6600 for more information.

 

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About Cardinal Institute Testing Center: CTC is located at 150 Riverside Parkway, Suite 215, Fredericksburg, VA 22406. For more information, please contact us at (540) 479-6600

 

About Cardinal Institute for Health Careers (www.cihealthcareers.com): Founded in 2008, CIHC offers allied healthcare education programs such as Phlebotomy, Personal Care Aide (PCA), Nurse Aide, Medication Management Aide, American Heart Association Basic Life Support, and American Heart Association CPR/AED training. CIHC is located at 150 Riverside Parkway, Suite 211, Fredericksburg, VA 22406. For more information, please contact us at (540) 479-6600.

 

 


 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Risk Management And Judgement Under Uncertainty

Risk Management And Judgement Under Uncertainty Risk Management And Judgement Under Uncertainty  

featuring

Paul Quimby Associate Director Cask LLC

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

$20.00 Event Date Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 8:30am - Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am Event Location

Cask Technologies LLC
475 Aquia Towne Center Drive - Suite 305
Stafford, VA, 22554

See map: Google Maps Agenda and Cost:

Agenda
Registration and breakfast buffet: 08:15 a.m. – 09:00 a.m.
Network with project management professionals: 08:30 a.m. – 09:00 a.m.
Announcements: 08:50 a.m. – 09:00 a.m.
Featured presentation: 09:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Wrap up: 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Cost
Pre-registration deadline is March 15th
Member Pre-registration: $15
Non-Member Pre-registration: $20
On-Site Member Rate: $20 (cash or check only)
On-Site Non-Member Rate: $25 (cash or check only)
Cancellations and refund requests are accepted up to 48 hours prior to the day of the event. We cannot offer refunds requested after that time.

Location

475 Aquia Towne Center Drive - Suite 305

Stafford, VA 22554

There is no such thing as perfect knowledge. Risk – either negative or positive – is a function of uncertainty about the project and its environment. Risk Management is the disciplined approach to managing uncertainty by encouraging proactive thinking about project, program, and portfolio outcomes. Risk Management saves time, money, and human resources because it forces project teams to consider the “what ifs” that could happen to the project, and in doing so, teams develop strategies for handling threats and opportunities before they become issues.

In “On Risk Management and ‘Judgment Under Uncertainty’,” Paul Quimby explains how groundbreaking behavioral psychology research on heuristics and biases from Nobel Prize Winner Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky can affect the risk management processes of risk identification, risk analyses, and risk response planning.

Participants will review the risk management lexicon and risk management attributes, learn (in general) how human beings make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, and participate in a couple of explanatory exercises that highlight how heuristics and biases influence judgment under uncertainty. In addition, Paul highlights the implications of these heuristics and biases for Project Managers and Project Teams in the context of Risk Management.

The intent of the presentation is to help Project Managers and Project Teams improve their decision-making processes through a better understanding of the heuristics used by many people to make judgments under conditions of uncertainty and the biases to which the heuristics point.

PDUs Available:  1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs Talent Triangle Category:  Leadership Event Keywords Soft Skills Communication

Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Negotiation / Conflict

Tools and techniques for negotiations and conflict management / effects of personality traits, etc.

Industry / Sector Construction / Infrastructure

Construction, Utilities or other public works, Transportation, or related industries

Government

Federal, state, local or tribal government entities / Contractor for such entities

I.T.

Information Technology, including organizations that utilize Agile development methodologies

About The Speaker Paul Quimby Cask LLC Associate Director

Paul Quimby has over 25-years of experience managing and consulting on information technology projects and technology infrastructure projects. Paul has led project teams in a wide variety of organizations. He has a passion for risk management ...


 

Friday, March 16, 2018

2018 Leadership Summit: Featuring Speaker Justin Patton

2018 Leadership Summit

Media Release

Date: March 15, 2018; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact Ann Marie Washington, Communications Coordinator

(540)373-9537, annmarie@fxbgchamber.org

FREDERICKSBURG – The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Leadership Summit featuring international speaker, Justin Patton. The Summit will be Thursday, April 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Gari Melcher’s Belmont.

Justin Patton is an acclaimed speaker and executive leadership coach who challenges leaders to think differently about how they lead and communicate. His high-energy and interactive approach keeps audiences engaged, and his message forces leaders to recognize how their leadership style appears when interacting with others. He has coached leaders at corporations such as General Electric, Taco Bell, NCAA, American Health Associates, the US Chamber of Commerce, Anthem, and many more.

Justin will conduct a hands-on program with the theme “It Starts With You.” Leaders of all levels will be discover how they “show up” with others and focus on methods to use their strengths to grow as individuals and leaders. This informational half-day experience will allow you and your team to delve deep into self-examination and provoke candid conversation on topics of leadership in the workplace.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $50.00 per person, sponsorships are available. Please contact Whitney Watts at whitney@fxbgchamber.org for more details.

The Chamber would like to thank the following sponsors the Leadership Summit 2018:

Tile Sponsor: Atlantic Builders

Silver Sponsor: Available          


 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

SimVentions Awarded $3.5M Contract

SimVentions Awarded $3.5M Contract for Research & Development of Innovative Modeling & Simulation Technologies!
Fredericksburg, VA., 01-22-2018: SimVentions, Inc. has been awarded a $3.5M contract to support the Defense Modeling and Simulation Coordination Office’s (DMSCO) mission by continuing research and development of innovative technologies to make DMSCO-sponsored tools more readily accessible to other key Modeling & Simulation (M&S) data repositories and catalogs across the government.
“DMSCO was one of our very early customers (back in 2003), and we have been supporting them ever since. It is a blessing to be able to continue our support of their critical efforts for another three years” said Larry Root, SimVentions CEO. “This award is a great example of the value and commitment our employees place on technical excellence, customer relationships, and living out our motto – Your Success Is Our Honor™.”
SimVentions will support DMSCO’s mission by providing the M&S Community of Interest Discovery Metadata Specification (MSC-DMS) with enhancement and technical support; development of secure, web-based M&S metadata enabling tools; and provide outreach and support to Department of Defense (DoD) M&S stakeholders. The contract is for three years and will run through January of 2021.
SimVentions has its corporate headquarters located in Fredericksburg (Stafford County), Virginia and offers engineering and technology solutions to the DoD including the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. This work will be performed onsite at the Fredericksburg, Virginia office. For additional information about SimVentions please visit us at www.simventions.com.


 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

SimVentions Named one of the ‘Best Places to Work in Virginia’ for 6th Consecutive Year!

SimVentions Named one of the ‘Best Places to Work in Virginia’ for 6th Consecutive Year!
Fredericksburg, VA., 12-29-2017: SimVentions, Inc. was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group.
This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2018 Best Places to Work in Virginia list is made up of 100 companies.
To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
– Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;
– Be a publicly or privately held business;
– Have a facility in the state of Virginia;
– Have at least 15 employees working in the state of Virginia; and
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540.372.7727 (v) www.simventions.com 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 123
540.372.7244 (f) Fredericksburg, VA 22406-1016
– Must be in business a minimum of 1 year.
“SimVentions is excited to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Virginia for the sixth year in a row! We believe it is our servant-leadership style alongside a strong commitment to our core values of Customer Satisfaction, Employee Development, Technical Excellence, Integrity and Teamwork, Enthusiasm and Effort, Innovation, and Business Growth and Profitability that provides us ‘the heartbeat of success’ as we seek to serve God and Country! Our servant-leadership style and core values keeps our corporate culture and work environment something that everyone loves to be a part of!” said Larry Root, CEO, SimVentions. “We operate off of a foundation that believes that where your treasure is there your heart will be also…and our treasure is in: the God we serve; the customers we support; the work we do; the warfighters we touch; our employees and their families; and our community.”
Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Virginia. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Virginia and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final ranking.
The final rankings will be announced at an awards luncheon on February 1, 2018 at The Boar’s Head in Charlottesville, VA.
SimVentions corporate headquarters is located just outside of Fredericksburg, Va. in Stafford County, with additional offices in King George, VA and Virginia Beach, VA. Since 2000, they have been delivering engineering (to include systems engineering, software engineering, cybersecurity engineering, and modeling & simulation), program & acquisition ...


 

Friday, March 9, 2018

YELP USERS’ FAVORITE CASUAL CHAINS

 

YELP USERS’ FAVORITE CASUAL CHAINS   By Peter Romeo on Mar. 05, 2018

A diner is hunting for a casual-dining option and turns to the popular Yelp online guide for help. What entries are he or she most likely to check out before deciding where to eat?

Hint: The listings for Applebee’s, Chili’s and the other mass-market brands aren’t likely to be the first stop.

A new analysis shows Yelp users are more prone to check out listings for local branches of small polished operations. The most likely entries to be visited, in order of page views per location, are Cooper’s Hawk; Houston’s or a sister brand run by Hillstone Restaurant Group; and Kona Grill.

A unit of Cooper’s Hawk averages 2,942 page views per month, or more than four times as many as the largest single-brand operation on the top 10 list, The Cheesecake Factory (at No. 8.)

Top 10 casual operations by average per-location Yelp page visits
  1. Cooper’s Hawk, 2,942
  2. Hillstone Restaurants (Houston’s, Hillstone), 1,000
  3. Kona Grill, 975
  4. Front Burner (Whiskey Cake, Mexican Sugar), 975
  5. BJ’s Restaurants, 808
  6. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, 767
  7. Landry’s, 725
  8. The Cheesecake Factory, 717
  9. Pappas Restaurants, 692
  10. J. Alexander’s, 692

 National behemoths score more attention when Yelp users resort to a search rather than browsing by location to find a restaurant. The most likely casual subjects of a search are The Cheesecake Factory (134,333 searches on average per month), Buffalo Wild Wings (128,833) and Olive Garden (102,333).

Top 10 most searched casual operations on Yelp
  1. The Cheesecake Factory
  2. Buffalo Wild Wings
  3. Olive Garden
  4. Yard House
  5. Outback Steakhouse
  6. Applebee’s
  7. Red Lobster
  8. Benihana
  9. Red Robin
  10. P.F. Chang’s

 

In trying to determine what propels a casual brand’s popularity, Yelp found via the study that convenience and service tend to be key considerations. In both positive and negative reviews posted by users, those factors tend to be mentioned, it pointed out in the analysis. 

The overall experience also figured into the calibration. Chains that drew the heaviest viewership tended to have an abundance of comments about such service features as table wait times, ease of parking and the host or hostess.

The positive reviews of casual places scoring high on the Yelp rankings tended to mention restaurant employees by name, and 32 of the 100 keywords used most often in the raves were references to service quality.

“Diners remember great service and will highlight it in reviews, which further reinforces the importance of rewarding employees who go above and beyond to deliver a great experience,” the report said.


 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Childress Agency, Inc. announces the 2018 recipient of #childresscares award to empowerHOUSE.

The Childress Agency, Inc. is proud to announce this years’ recipient of #childresscares award to empowerHOUSE.

 

 The team at empowerHOUSE work selflessly to provide victims of domestic violence with a place to turn for healing, hope and safety.  We in turn are pleased to provide empowerHOUSE for a place to engage additional behind the scenes office support.  As a proud member of the Fredericksburg and surrounding community, empowerHOUSE and Childress Agency will work together to create a new website and resources to support the staff and those in need of service. 

 

Today the Executive Director, Kathy Anderson, along with Kelly Bricker, the Resource Development Coordinator met with Gerald Childress, C.E.O. to begin the building of a custom website to support their specific needs and wants.  Please join us in showing your support of empowerHOUSE by making a donation to support their continued efforts of supporting survivors of domestic violence.

 

Past recipients of the #childresscares awards have gone to The Lloyd Moss Free Clinic, Fredericksburg SPCA, and Over the Dune.


 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Assembly advances bills to boost transportation funds for Fredericksburg area By JEFF BRANSCOME THE

 

Assembly advances bills to boost transportation funds for Fredericksburg area

Proposed legislation that could add millions of dollars for road improvements in the Fredericksburg region is moving forward.

Del. Bob Thomas, R–28th District, is the chief co-sponsor of a bill aimed at increasing revenue for localities—including Fredericksburg and Stafford and Spotsylvania counties—that impose a 2.1 percent regional wholesale gas tax. This fiscal year, the Fredericksburg area will receive an estimated $8.9 million from the tax, which goes toward Virginia Railway Express subsidies and road projects.

The bill would set a “floor,” or minimum price per gallon, used to calculate the regional tax, which is also levied in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

The General Assembly established a floor of $3.17 per gallon, the average price in February 2013, for the statewide gas tax as part of a major transportation package it approved that year. But it forgot to include a minimum for the regional tax and gas prices subsequently dropped to under $3—and even under $2 for awhile—per gallon, reducing revenue for the Fredericksburg region.

The initial floor would be the average cost of wholesale gas as of July 1, under the bill backed by Thomas. It could gradually increase until it matched the $3.17-per-gallon used to calculate the state’s gas tax.

The legislation easily passed the House of Delegates, with just 15 lawmakers voting no.

In previous years, tax-averse Republicans on the House of Delegates have opposed legislation that would immediately increase the floor to $3.17 per gallon.

Thomas said in a text message Thursday that, under the legislation, the market would determine any increases to the floor, which could be adjusted semiannually. He said another pending bill would increase the floor immediately, but that all of the money would go to the VRE.

“This does not solve any local transportation issues, as we need the money to go to localities,” he wrote of the latter bill. He added later: “If [the bill] gets momentum, I will work to make sure the money goes to localities. They can then decide what the priority is.”

The Virginia Senate also unanimously passed legislation put forward by Sen. Richard Stuart, R–Stafford, to establish a multimillion-dollar fund for commuter rail projects. Stuart submitted a budget amendment that sets aside $40 million over the next two fiscal years, money that could be spent on expanding parking and rail capacity at the Fredericksburg area’s VRE stations. A spokeswoman for Stuart called that amendment a “placeholder” and said a bill from another lawmaker would put about $26 million into the account.

 

The Fredericksburg region’s lawmakers often propose transportation-related bills in an effort to appease their commuter-heavy constituency. But the legislation isn’t always an easy sell, as evidenced by other bills this year.

Del. Mark Cole, R–Spotsylvania, came up short in his pricey proposal to add lanes to Interstate 95 from Spotsylvania to Springfield. The bill directed the Virginia Department of Transportation to “immediately commence” a project that would add a lane to both northbound and southbound I–95. The additional lanes would ...


 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Fredericksburg, VA - Dr. Anne Truong, M.D., Appointed Women Entrepreneur Ambassador for the United N

Dr. Anne Truong, M.D. was recently appointed Women Entrepreneur Ambassador by Women's Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO), associated with the United Nations event in New York, NY. She will be representing the state ofVirginia beginning in January 2018.  

 

WEDO is a privately-owned philanthropic organization with a mission and movement to empower women and girls globally, and alleviate poverty worldwide. WEDO Ambassadors will raise awareness of their business, make valuable connections, gain access to a premier network of extraordinary members and most importantly be a part of the greatest movement to empower women in business to alleviate poverty.

 

According to WEDO, women account for 85% of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in global spending. At the same time, they perform 66% of the world’s work (both paid and unpaid), yet only earn 10% of the world’s income. In the U.S., there are approximately 10,000,000 woman-owned businesses.  1 in 3 women in America lives in poverty and of the 1.3M people living in severe poverty globally, 70% which are women and girls.

 

When asked how this role will serve the Fredericksburg community directly, Truong said "I’m honored to be appointed. I want to be able to inspire and empower women who want to be entrepreneurs and own their own business.  I hope I can be a resource for women entrepreneurs in the Fredericksburg area."

 

Dr. Truong is the sole founder and owner of Truong Rehabilitation Center in Fredericksburg, VA. She has extensive experience in regenerative medicine, such as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), Bone Marrow and Fat Cell PRP Therapy and Placenta/Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy, as well as numerous procedures in aesthetics and sexual health. Her practice provides pain management and rehabilitation without using opioid pain medications or surgery. She is focused treating the disease or problem, not the symptoms. She performs Trigger Point injections and Regenerative Therapies, ultra-sound-guided injections to joints and muscles, medical acupuncture and osteopathic manipulation. She has been doing regenerative cell therapy since 2006, and has taught numerous doctors all over the world on regenerative medicine. Her approach is to decrease pain and to restore strength and function without medications and/or surgery. Once pain reduction is achieved, she prescribes a personal wellness exercise program for patients.

 

To learn more about her practice, please visit: www.truongrehab.com


 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Have you seen our December Publication?!

Have you seen our December Magazine? Check it out below!

If you would like your business to be considered as a feature story or if you'd like to donate an article please contact Ann Marie Washington at annmarie@fxbgchamber.org.

Big thanks to our friends at Stafford Printing for all their hard work!

http://bit.ly/2Agl5Ai


 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

RPI Ribbon Cutting Today!

 

 

 

 

In case you missed it,

RPI Group has moved to a new location!

To celebrate, you're invited to our

 

OPEN HOUSE

 

November 30, 2017

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

11903 Bowman Drive | Suite 101

Fredericksburg, VA 22408

 

 

Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

will start promptly at 3:00PM.

 

 

Please RSVP to JBrookins@rpigroupinc.com.

 


 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2017 “Top 10 of the Next Gen” Announced!

 

FREDERICKSBURG - Ten Fredericksburg-area professionals under the age of 40 will be honored November 28 at an annual event hosted by the Next Generation of Business Leaders, a program of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The members of the group will be recognized at the seventh-annual “Top 10 of the Next Gen” event at 718 Venue on Caroline Street downtown. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. and costs $20 for Next Gen members and guests.  People can register online at www.fxbgchamber.org.

Next Gen’s board selected the 10 winners following a nomination period. The recipients were chosen for both their professional accomplishments and community contributions.

Here are the 2017 “Top 10 of the Next Gen” award recipients:

  • Amanda Apple; Owner and Designer of Amanda Veronee  
  • Dr. Joel Butterworth;  Dentist and Owner of Fredericksburg Smile Center
  • Jonathan Gardner; Realtor with Coldwell Banker Elite
  • Andrew Grossnickle; CPA with Robinson, Farmer, and Cox  
  • Ben Hall; Vice President with Community Bank of the Chesapeake
  • Kerry Mulhern; Photographer with Kerry Renee Photography
  • Sarah Ogle; Director of Payer Relations and Contracting with Mary Washington Healthcare
  • Jarrott Patteson; Market President with BB&T
  • Raymond Renault; Owner of La Petite Auberge and Legume
  • Jason Satterwhite; System Operations Supervisor with Rappahannock Electric Coop and Mayor of the Town of Bowling Green  

 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Made in Fred VA Finalists Announced

Finalists selected for Made in FredVA contest
Three business ideas to compete for the $10,000 grand prize

 

FREDERICKSBURG – The three finalists have been selected for the fifth annual Made in FredVA business startup competition organized by the Next Generation of Business Leaders, a program of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. The businesses selected are Beyond High C Singing Specialty, Fredericksburg Food Coop, and Mandala Pies.  Each will have ten minutes to pitch their business ideas to a panel of distinguished local entrepreneurs at the November 2 event at the Inn at the Old Silk Mill in Fredericksburg. The judges will have ten minutes to ask the business owners questions.

The event is patterned after the popular “Shark Tank” television show. The winner will receive $10,000 toward their business startup expenses. Additionally, the audience will vote for the $500 people’s choice cash award. Potential investors are encouraged to attend and hear the business ideas pitched. The public is welcome to attend the November 2 event, which begins at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold for a nominal price.

Details about the finalists:

  • Beyond High C Singing Specialty, Kiersten Kanaster. Beyond High C Singing Specialty is an online group music program for survivors of brain injury. They offer low cost post-acute support that overcomes financial constraints, transportation difficulties and reduces social isolation and instances of depression.  Beyond the brain injury population, they plan to adapt to serve dementia and autism populations.  

 

  • Fredericksburg Food Coop, Rich Larochelle.  The Fredericksburg Food Coop will be a full service grocery store that will focus on local foods, natural and organic products and practices. It will be owned and controlled by its local members.

 

  • Mandala Pies, Caitlin LaComb.  Manda Pies bakes beautiful pies for beautiful people, connecting consumers to agriculture by using organically grown, local ingredients.

 

“We were thrilled to receive new and creative ideas for our fifth year of the competition,” said Rich Brown, chairman of the NextGen board of directors. “It has been great to watch this program grow.”

The final judges at the Made in FredVA event are Mike Adams, President, JON Properties, Gerald Childress, Owner, The Childress Agency, and DD Lecky, Owner, LibertyTown Arts Workshop. 

The prizes are made possible through generous sponsorships from the City of Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority, the Stafford County Economic Development Authority, the Next Generation of Business Leaders, and Virginia Partners Bank.