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

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


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

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


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

1300 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401


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.
“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


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)

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, 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, 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

Date:       Dec. 4, 2018
Contact:  Casey Hollins
                Director of Communications and Public Relations


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 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.


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 or connect with them at Facebook/DeVilTechSolutionsTwitter/, and


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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

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 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


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)

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, or visit

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, 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



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


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:


Thursday, November 8, 2018

NextGen to Honor Young Professionals - Top 10 of NextGen

Date: November 6, 2018
Media Contact:
Whitney Watts, Vice President

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

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




Monday, November 5, 2018


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 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.


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



(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


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Flair Communication Announces Expansion



CONTACT: Debby Girvan, President - Flair Communication , 540-809-8196 (cell)

OFFICE: 403 William St, Suite B, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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.





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


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!

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

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


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.



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


  • 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


  • 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


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


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

Julie Rettinger, Vice President, Branding & Chief Administrative Officer

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.


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.


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


DATE: October 12, 2018
For Additional Information Contact:
Rosa Vazquez at (540) 300-5292 or


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]. Media inquiries on estate planning topics are also welcome.



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Library hosts annual lunar celebration at Porter Branch

For Immediate Release
Contact: Samantha Thomason
Community Relations Manager

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


For more information, contact Porter Branch Manager Lena Gonzalez Berrios,, 540-372-1144 ext. 7330.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

“Girls in Politics” and “Advocacy 101”


Lisa Biever, Director of Donor Services
Community Foundation of the Rappahannock Region
540-373-9292 ext. 121

“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.”


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)

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,, and the company is now accepting applications from cleared professional job seekers via


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.

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

510 Lansdowne Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Media info:
Robin Stefanovich
(602) 540-7651


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wittman Continues to Fight for Broadband Access at Fredericksburg Chamber Event


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


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.



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,  


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 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

 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 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 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 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 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





​​​​​​​​​​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


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 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.

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.


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, 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
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
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 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:



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


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 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
Come out and support your military community and have a great time doing it


Wednesday, April 11, 2018




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:


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,

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


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



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




Friday, April 6, 2018


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 or 540-479-6600 for more information.




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 ( 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  


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:

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.
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.


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


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


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


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 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


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) 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   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:


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

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


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




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



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

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.  


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ribbon Cutting Today at Illusion Wraps

 Join our Chamber members and others for the new location celebration at Illusion Wraps located on 3719 Lafayette Blvd., 22408. Starting at 4:10 p.m. or watch it on Facebook Live 


Thursday, September 7, 2017

UMW to host debates this month between General Assembly candidates from Fredericksburg region

The University of Mary Washington will host two public debates this month between General Assembly candidates from the Fredericksburg region.

A four-way debate between Del. Mark Cole, R–Spotsylvania County, Green Party candidate Gerald Anderson, Democrat Steve Aycock and independent Amanda Blalock will take place on the Fredericksburg campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 411 of Lee Hall. Cole has held the 88th District seat, which includes parts of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania and Stafford counties, since 2002.

The 28th District candidates vying to succeed House Speaker Bill Howell, R–Stafford will take part in a debate at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the same location. Democrat Joshua Cole, an assistant pastor at Union Bell Baptist Church in Stafford, will go up against Republican Stafford Supervisor Bob Thomas, a former Marine who owns a government contracting business.

Howell announced earlier this year that he would vacate the seat, which represents parts of Fredericksburg and Stafford, at the end of the year. He first won the election 30 years ago.

Both districts lean heavily Republican.

Cole, a deputy county administrator in Spotsylvania, is one of the General Assembly’s more socially conservative members. He has run unopposed several times but is up against a crowded field this year.

Blalock is probably his best-known challenger, having served on the Spotsylvania School Board for 10 years. She is active on social media, helping her gain a measure of popularity with students. She resigned from the School Board in June after moving to another home in the county outside of the Lee Hill District.

Aycock, Cole’s Democratic challenger, is seeking public office for the first time. He is associate pastor for missions at the Real Life Community Church in Stafford.

Anderson, another political newcomer, will be the first Green Party member to challenge Cole. The Fredericksburg resident is an adjunct chemistry professor at Germanna Community College.

The debates are sponsored by UMW’s College Republicans, Young Democrats and the Legislative Action Committee of the Student Government Association, in conjunction with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Free Lance–Star.

UMW political science professor Stephen Farnsworth will moderate both. The other panelists will be Ted Schubel, news director of News Talk 1230/WFVA and WBQB radio, and a Free Lance–Star representative. Written questions can be submitted in person shortly before the start of each debate.

For more information, contact Farnsworth at


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Is civility declining? Chamber of Commerce holds panel to discuss the issue

Did Marvin Gaye have the answer 46 years ago?

In his 1971 song “What’s Going On?,” recorded just after the Civil Rights struggles and during the Vietnam War, Gaye sang: “Picket lines and picket signs/Don’t punish me with brutality/Talk to me, so you can see/Oh, what’s going on.”

Susan Spears, president and CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, played the song before a chamber event titled “Civility in the Workplace” held Wednesday at Fredericksburg Academy.

“Music is a reflection of our culture at any given time when people can’t find the right words,” Spears said, introducing the event. “That song was written during a tumultuous time in our country. Sound familiar? Can it really be that simple [as just talking to each other]?”

The event brought together members of the local business community to begin a conversation about civility.

Panelists Mike Fidgeon, president of mental health service provider Pathways by Molina; Charlotte Horne, customer service representative at Rappahannock Insurance; Martha Hutzel, director of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library; and Andre Pineda, financial advisor and vice president at Cary Street Partners; led participants as they tackled such questions as, “Why does civility matter?” “Where does it start?” “Has it declined?” and “What should we do?”

Spears said she was inspired to organize the discussion by the chamber’s value statement supporting integrity through “doing the right things for the right reasons,” “giving fair and balanced consideration of issues” and “consistently treating members, staff and partners with respect and value for their unique contributions.”

She said these values put the business community in a good position to start a conversation about civility in the wider community.

In his opening statements to the gathering, Pineda said it’s up to the business community to “stand up and confront incivility.”

“The energy you put out is what you get back,” he said. “It is good business to be civil and it elevates everything.”

Panelists and participants agreed that whether or not incivility is on the rise, it is certainly more visible now due to a 24-hour news cycle and the prevalence of social media, which allows people to “throw rocks from behind a virtual screen,” Hutzel said.

A participant suggested that people are investing their personal feelings too much into public discourse. Pineda agreed, saying that those in the business community should set an example by making an effort to get news from a variety of sources and using facts rather than opinions in the discussion.

“We owe it to ourselves to raise the level of discussion,” he said.

Hutzel said listening is equally as important as educated discussion.

“We were born with two ears and one mouth,” she said. “We should listen more than we talk.”

Spears asked the panelists to answer the question, “Where does civility start?”

Horne responded that it should start with the individual.

“You can’t expect others to start—you do the right thing and it will spread,” she said.

Participant Dick Ayres, a retired FBI agent and instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, suggested that civility is declining because ...


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

John Stallings named president of Union Bank & Trust after leaving SunTrust

  • By CAROL HAZARD Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Veteran banker John Stallings Jr. has been named president of Richmond-based Union Bank & Trust, the bank announced Tuesday.

    Stallings, who resigned last week as Virginia division president of SunTrust Banks Inc., will oversee the day-to-day operations of Union Bank & Trust.

    In that role, effective Sept. 29, he will be in charge of the bank’s 111 branch offices in Virginia as well as commercial and retail banking, wealth management, mortgage, marketing and digital strategy.

    “The opportunity to lead all four business segments aligns perfectly with my background,” Stallings said. “I am confident we can move even faster on a path toward greater growth and success.”

    Stallings, 50, will assume the presidency from John C. Asbury, who will retain his title as CEO of Union Bank & Trust as well as his position as president and CEO of Union Bankshares Corp., the Richmond-based holding company that owns the bank.

    With Stallings’ focus on the operational side, Asbury, 52, will focus more on strategy as the bank positions itself to become the first Virginia-based regional powerhouse in decades.

    By industry standards, Union has a young and energetic leadership team, Asbury said. “We have the leadership to execute that growth — and John completes that picture.”

    “He has a deep connection to the region, operational expertise and a proven record of success leading a multi-business strategy at banks in Virginia, Tennessee and the Carolinas,” Asbury said.

    Union’s pending Jan. 1 acquisition of Richmond-based Xenith Bankshares Inc. will push it over the $10 billion asset threshold, subjecting it to more regulations, but also allowing for a growth trajectory.

    “We certainly have a lot of room to run in Virginia, but we also have opportunity for entry points in North Carolina,” Asbury said.

    Asbury said he expects to see continuing consolidation in the banking industry, which will allow for even more potential growth. The bank will look for what he called “infill acquisitions,” where Union can buy small banks and expand its presence.

    Adding Stallings to the executive team is part of the overall strategy, he said.

    Stallings had been in Richmond for the past seven years, spending the last four years leading the Virginia team for Atlanta-based SunTrust. During his first three years here, he headed SunTrust’s Mid-Atlantic division, which included Virginia and parts of North Carolina.

    Before that, he was president of the Central Carolina region for SunTrust in Durham, N.C. He was head of retail banking for Memphis, Tenn.-based National Commerce Financial Corp. prior to its acquisition in 2004 by SunTrust.

    While at National Commerce, Stallings helped start Richmond-based First Market Bank, which was affiliated with Ukrop’s Super Markets Inc. National Commerce owned part of First Market Bank, which was merged with Union Bankshares in 2010.

    Stallings has been in banking for 27 years, starting at National Commerce directly out of college. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1988 and took a two-year break in his career to earn a masters in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Thom Watkins Named Vice President Cox Business for Virginia

Cox Communications recently announced that Thom Watkins has been promoted to vice president of Cox Business for Virginia. Watkins will be responsible for leading Cox Business operations, providing small, medium and enterprise businesses, including healthcare providers, K-12 and higher education, financial institutions and federal, state and local government organizations across the Cox Virginia service area with voice, data and video solutions. Watkins will lead approximately 375 employees. The Virginia region includes Northern Virginia (Fairfax and Fredericksburg), Hampton Roads and Roanoke.

Watkins will be based at the Hampton Roads headquarters in Chesapeake. 


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

UMW to Host Two Delegate Debates

The University of Mary Washington will host an 88th District Debate on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and a 28th District Debate on Thursday, Sept. 21. Both debates will take place at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. They are open to the public.
On Sept. 13, incumbent Del. Mark Cole, a Republican, will debate Democrat Steve Aycock, Independent Amanda Blalock and Green Party candidate Gerald Anderson.
Cole has served as a delegate since 2002. He is a member of the House committees on Finance and Education, Small Business Commission, Rappahannock River Basin Commission and is chairman of the Privileges and Elections Committee.
Democratic challenger Steve Aycock is associate pastor for missions at the Real Life Community Church in Stafford County. Independent candidate Amanda Blalock served on the Spotsylvania County School Board for 10 years, including one year as chairman and four years as vice chairman. Green Party candidate Gerald Anderson is a member of the adjunct faculty at Germanna Community College.
The 88th District includes parts of Spotsylvania, Stafford and Fauquier counties and the city of Fredericksburg.
On Sept. 21, Joshua Cole, a Democrat, will debate Republican Bob Thomas. Cole began his political career in 2005, when House Speaker Bill Howell appointed him as a page for the House. He is an assistant pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church in Stafford County.
Retired Marine Bob Thomas, the Republican candidate, is president and CEO of Capriccio Software in Stafford County. He has served on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors and was chairman in 2016.
The 28th District includes parts of the city of Fredericksburg and Stafford County.
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, will moderate the program and serve as a panelist. The other panelists will be Ted Schubel, news director of News Talk 1230/WFVA and WBQB radio, and a representative from The Free Lance-Star. Written questions from the audience can be submitted in person shortly before the start of each debate.
The debates are sponsored by UMW’s College Republicans, Young Democrats and the Legislative Action Committee of the Student Government Association, in conjunction with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Free Lance–Star.
For more information about the debates, contact Stephen Farnsworth at
Additional information on each candidate can be found on their websites:,,,, and 


Friday, September 1, 2017

Local American Red Cross Chapter Updates on Hurricane Harvey




Situation Overview

  1. The American Red Cross is working to provide disaster relief assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, called the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history.
  2. The storm has set a record, surpassing 50 inches for the greatest amount of measured, single-storm, rainfall for the U.S.
  3. Access to many areas is difficult. We have partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Texas National Guard to transport supplies and volunteers to locations where they are needed most.
  4. Water rescues are still occurring. Transportation, travel, and housing are expected to be negatively impacted for an extended period. Of course, schools and airports are closed. In certain locations, residents are without power. Multiple oil refineries, water treatment and chemical plants in Texas and Louisiana are closed.
  5. Last night rescued families were brought to shelters manned by the Red Cross. It is estimated that 32,000 people sought refuge in more than 230 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas Tuesday night.
  6. As of this writing, more than 1,500 disaster staff is on the ground.
  7. The Mexican Red Cross, a member of the Global Red Cross Network as is the American Red Cross, is working alongside us in shelters to provide relief. They are heavily engaged in keeping Spanish speaking survivors informed about the support that is available.
  8. The Red Cross is working with a variety of disaster partners including Americorps NCCC, Save the Children, Islamic Relief USA, Church of the Brethren, Children’s Disaster Services, and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.


  • Twelve volunteers from our local Red Cross office have been deployed to Houston. In the Virginia Region, a total of 50 have been deployed thus far. Deployment covers approximately two weeks.
  • Six kitchens are up and running with six trailers of kitchen supplies in place.
  • Each kitchen can produce 10,000 meals a day.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the fleet of Red Cross ERVs (Emergency Response Vehicles) have been driven/deployed to Houston. This includes the ERV of our chapter.
  • The weather outlook indicates that rain/ life-threatening flooding will continue around Houston and into southwest Louisiana. Tornadoes are possible. The Red Cross anticipates that it will be working in the Houston area for many months on relief and long-term recovery efforts.
  • The Red Cross program Safe and Well is up and running. Safe and Well allows concerned loved ones all across the country to search for registrants’ posted messages, to see that they are safe.


How You Can Help


Donate Online

 Donate by Check

American Red Cross PO Box 248

Fredericksburg, Virginia 22404


Donate Blood

In consideration of the devastation in Texas, blood drives originally scheduled for this period in the impacted areas in Texas have been cancelled. Therefore, the blood collection shortage that we had before Hurricane Harvey has increased. To offset this shortage, individuals can help by donating blood; eligibility requirements. In addition to holding blood drives at local businesses, we regularly host blood drives at Spotsylvania Mall Towne Center, near Chick-Fil-A:

  1. Mondays from 10 am – 4 pm (except the second Monday of each month)
  2. Wednesdays from 1 pm – 7 pm


Our local chapter appreciates the ...


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

VDOT to unveil plans to upgrade U.S. 17 in Spotsylvania

(FL-S) Designs for the U.S. 17 widening and bridge replacement project in Spotsylvania County will be on display this week.

As part of the $20 million project, the highway will be widened to four lanes between U.S. 1 and Hospital Boulevard and a sidewalk and shared-use path will be added alongside the road.

The other portion of the project includes the replacement of the structurally deficient bridge over Interstate 95. The bridge also will be widened to four lanes.

No timeline for the project has been released.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will put the project designs on display at a public hearing on Wednesday. There will be no formal presentation, but VDOT officials will be on hand to answer questions and take comments.

The meeting will be held from 5–7 p.m. at Lee Hill Elementary School at 3600 Lee Hill School Drive.

The designs will be posted on VDOT’s website by Wednesday.

Comments on the plan can be submitted through Sept. 2.

Comments sent by letter should be addressed to: Ms. Catherine Coffey, VDOT Project Manager, 87 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22405. Emails can be sent to, with “Route 17 overpass replacement and widening” in the subject line.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436


Monday, August 21, 2017

Chamber to recognize first responders at "First Responders Appreciation Breakfast"

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber is proud to present a new event to recognize and award first responders.

The “First Responders Appreciation Breakfast” is on Thursday, August 24 at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center at 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway in Fredericksburg, starting at 8:30 a.m. This regional event will highlight first responders from the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford, the City of Fredericksburg, and the Virginia State Police.

Susan Spears, Chamber President & CEO, said this event would recognize men and women for their dedication, bravery and commitment to the community. This event represents the business community saying “thank you” for the quality of life this group provides to our region.

The following recipients will receive awards:

Meritorious Civilian Award- Phillip and William Atkins, father and son.
For their heroism on January 23, 2017, when they discovered a man lying face down in a parking lot in Fredericksburg. The man had had a heart attack and ultimately survived because of the Atkins’s quick actions.

Excellence in Criminal Investigations- Detective Katie Pearce, Fredericksburg City Police Department.
For her integrity and dedication to clear a difficult active case.

Valor Award- Master Deputy Ben Doucet of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and Medic Leigh Doucet, husband and wife.
For their actions on June 4, 2017, where they encountered and subsequently rescued a fellow deputy’s two-year-old child that was drowning in Lake Anna.

Valor Award- Deputy First Class, Brandon Boyle of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office.
For a breaking and entering incident involving a domestic situation that ultimately resulted in Deputy Boyle being shot five times.

Excellence in Criminal Investigation- Deputy Frank Corona Sr. of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office.
For his tedious work to bring closure of his assigned cases, attention to detail, and continued learning to the betterment of the department.

“Business of First Responding” - This award is given for a program, initiative, or system whose implementation has made significant impacts on the overall operations or delivery of services to the community.
Spotsylvania Fire Rescue Emergency Management, Fire Prevention Division.
For their innovative fire and life safety education program primarily focused on the young and the elderly.

Sponsors include Virginia Partners Bank, Hilldrup Moving & Storage, Mary Washington Healthcare, Heartfields Assisted Living at Fredericksburg, Patriot3 Inc., Embrace Treatment Foster Care, Sary Arka Business Solutions, Spring Arbor of Fredericksburg, Rejuvalase Medspa, and multiple table sponsors.

For First Responders unable to attend the event in person, many businesses are expressing their gratitude through the “Friends of First Responders” initiative and will offer special discounts to first responders in uniform or with identification. A link to these businesses can be found here.

For more information, contact Whitney Watts,


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Industrial Land Sold in Fredericksburg

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announced the sale of approximately 4.55 acres of land situated along International Parkway in Stafford Industrial Park, City of Fredericksburg.

HDZ Transportation Inc. purchased the land from The Artisans Partnership LLC for $400,000 as an investment.

Sharon E. Schmidt and Joby Saliceti of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Don't Miss Tonight's Business After Hours

Join us for Business After Hours Thursday, August 17 starting at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Hilton Garden Inn, 1060 Hospitality Lane, Fredericksburg

Networking, food, drinks.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Governor McAuliffe Statement on President Trump’s Press Conference on Charlottesville

Governor McAuliffe released the following statement after President Trump’s press conference yesterday:  

“Neo-Nazis, Klansmen and white supremacists came to Charlottesville heavily armed, spewing hatred and looking for a fight. One of them murdered a young woman in an act of domestic terrorism, and two of our finest officers were killed in a tragic accident while serving to protect this community. This was not 'both sides.'

“Our Commonwealth and nation are still reeling from one of the largest outpourings of hatred and violence we have experienced in recent history. We need real leadership, starting with our President.

“Leaders from every corner of this nation and every partisan point of view have denounced these people and their acts in plain terms without hesitation or dissembling. The American people need the same from their President and we need it now.”


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

U.S. News & World Report Names Mary Washington Hospital Among Best in Washington D.C. Metro Area

Mary Washington Healthcare is named on the U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 “Best Hospitals” list has placed Mary Washington Hospital in the No. 2 spot among hospitals rated in the Washington D. C. metro area.

 MWH ranked number six in the state among roughly 123 Virginia hospitals surveyed and received “high-performing” ratings in six adult procedures or conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, and lung cancer surgery.

“We’re gratified again to receive this national recognition for the exceptional work of our physicians, nurses, and staff at Mary Washington Hospital,” said Michael McDermott, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mary Washington Healthcare. “These U.S. News rankings reaffirm for us that our stellar team provides each patient with the same safe, high-quality and compassionate care we’d want for members of our own families.”

 The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year, are part of U.S. News’ patient portal, designed to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 152 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

“For nearly three decades, we’ve strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”

The U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Hot Local Housing Market Continues into July

The temperature wasn’t the only thing heating up during the dog days of summer, with the local real estate market posting another month of increasing sales, median price, and units sold coupled with decreasing days on market.  Total sold dollar volume was up 14.15% compared to July of 2016 coming in at $196,474,044.  This increase was fueled by a more than 9% increase in median sold price and a nearly 8% increase in units sold compared to the same time last year.  In July of 2016, the market saw a median sales price of $275,000.  That price increased to $301,000 in July of 2017.  Units sold came in at 578 in July of 2016 compared to 622 in July of 2017.  “This is an interesting time in real estate,” stated FAAR 2017 President-Elect Kevin McGrath.  “Offices are busier than they have been in quite a while.  A lot of new agents are finding themselves getting busier much more quickly than new agents in the past.”

Days on market, the amount of time it takes from when a listing enters the market until it has a ratified contract, decreased over 13%, going from 53 days in July of 2016 to just 46 days in July of 2017.  “If a property is priced right, within 20 minutes of it going active in the Multiple Listing Service is seems like agents are setting up showings,” commented McGrath. 

Inventory continues to be a challenge in our market with yet another month of fewer listings than the previous year.  July of 2016 saw 1,815 active listings on the market and July of 2017 had 4.9% less at 1,726.  At the current time, there is a 3.56-month supply of available homes, a healthy market generally has about a 5-month supply of homes. 

While sellers are putting their homes on the market more than last year, it isn’t enough to keep pace with demand.  July saw a 3.45% increase in new listings with 839 added to the market in 2017 compared to 811 in July of 2016.  “Rising prices are due to a lack of inventory,” continued McGrath.  “We need sellers to list their homes in greater numbers than we’re seeing to satisfy the increasing demand in the market.”


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fredericksburg Academy included in list of top 20 private schools in Virginia


Fredericksburg Academy is the youngest school to be included in a new ranking of the best private schools in Virginia.

On Thursday, FA announced that the educational ranking and review resource Niche had placed it at number 20 on its 2018 list of Virginia's best private high schools.    

According to its website, Niche rankings are based on "rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users."

Founded in 1992, FA, an independent, coeducational school for children ages 3 through Grade 12, is the youngest school included in Niche's list. 

"People often remark to me that Fredericksburg Academy is the region's best-kept secret," Head of School Karen Moschetto said. "A secret because, despite the incredible achievements of our students and exceptional quality of our faculty, many people remain unfamiliar with us. My greatest hope is that as more families understand what we do and begin to imagine the difference our school can make firstly in their child's education, but ultimately in their child's life, that we'll be able to share the unique opportunities FA has to offer with more children."

The top spot went to The Madeira School in McLean.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Southbound extension of toll lanes in Stafford on track to open this fall


A portion of the express lanes’ southern-end extension in Stafford County is on pace to open before the end of the year.

Plans call for the extension being completed in 2018, but the southbound ramp extension could be finished in the fall.

Kelly Hannon, the local Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman, said things are running “by the project’s scheduled completion dates, with the new southbound exit ramp opening by the end of 2017, and the new northbound entrance ramp opening by summer 2018.”

The extension project is focused on the toll lane merge area around State Route 610 in North Stafford, where there have been congestion problems since the express lanes opened in December 2014.

The state and the private toll-lane operator Transurban are paying for the estimated $50-million extension.

There also is a study being conducted for a second extension, dubbed by local transportation officials as Fred Ex. This project would take the toll lanes south to the area around the U.S. 17 interchange, which will undergo a drastic overhaul as part of the Rappahannock River crossing project on Interstate 95.

The crossing project will include the construction of southbound collector-distributor lanes in the median of the interstate between the U.S. 17 area and State Route 3.

If the second extension comes to fruition, a tentative timeline calls for work to start in 2019 and be completed in 2022.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Governor McAuliffe Breaks Ground on I-395 Express Lanes Extension

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe today joined the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and its private partner and operator of the I-95 Express Lanes, Transurban, to break ground on the start of construction of an eight-mile extension of the I-395 Express Lanes from Turkeycock Run near Edsall Road in Alexandria to the Washington, D.C. border. The project provides more options for faster and more reliable travel in one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the country and expands the region’s network of express lanes. The project includes a long-term investment in transit for the corridor, through a yearly payment of $15 million (to be escalated annually) that will be paid by Transurban to the Commonwealth. This annual transit payment will support transit and multimodal initiatives benefitting the corridor.

“Anyone who travels on I-395 and I-95 today can attest that this is one of the most congested corridors in the country,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Today’s groundbreaking is the first project of the Commonwealth’s larger Atlantic Gateway Initiative which aims to unlock the I-95 Corridor. The Atlantic Gateway Initiative and the I-395 project demonstrate how we can work with our public and private partners to improve the quality of life for Virginians and our visitors – and keep our new Virginia economy growing.” 

Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne added, “Under Governor McAuliffe’s leadership, today’s milestone is one more step toward expanding the express lanes network in Northern Virginia, and providing travelers with much-needed travel choices to reach their destinations faster. The key benefit continues to be options, and we are ready to focus on delivering this new choice on 395.”

The I-395 Express Lanes project provides specific benefits for the thousands of commuters who work at or near the Pentagon, as well as the many carpoolers or commuter bus users transferring at the Pentagon to continue to their destination. By reconstructing the Pentagon’s South Parking area and adding new bus lanes and HOV commuter and “slug” lanes to improve traffic flow and safety for buses and carpools, the project’s benefits extend well beyond the express lanes.

Other key project features include adding a fourth regular lane on I-395 South between the Duke Street and Edsall Road Interchanges, to help relieve the congestion which occurs when I-395 shrinks from four to three lanes in this area. Additionally, the project includes rehabilitating several I-395 bridges, and building new sound walls to protect neighboring communities.

The project is anticipated to cost approximately $500 million, with a combination of private and public funds. The project is one element of the Commonwealth’s Atlantic Gateway Program, a series of major improvements to the I-95/I-395 corridor.

“We are pleased to partner with Virginia to deliver a critical missing link that will connect Express Lanes customers to new destinations along I-395 and Washington D.C.,” said Jennifer Aument, Group General Manager, North America, Transurban. “Crews will begin work right away on improvements that are going to help drivers on I-395 get home faster, while also generating funds to support new transit options.  As construction begins, we ...


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Officials ready to celebrate US Route 1 expansion

By Max Smith @amaxsmith

After nearly two decades of wrangling, work is almost done on the widening of Richmond Highway from four lanes to six near Fort Belvoir.

WASHINGTON — A traffic-clogged section of Richmond Highway has been widened from four lanes to six, and local, state and federal officials are set to celebrate the long-awaited project Wednesday morning.

The 3.6-mile widening near Fort Belvoir includes upgrades at intersections and improvements to make it easier and safer to walk or bike along the corridor.

Finishing touches are expected to continue for at least a few more weeks.

Actual work on this stretch began in 2013 after about two decades of wrangling. Base Realignment and Closure changes drove, even more, traffic to the base, contributing to the Pentagon putting $180 million toward the project.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

UMW named a top college by Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has featured the University of Mary Washington in its 2018 issue of “The Best 382 Colleges.”

The book, now in its 26th edition, profiles about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges, as well as two colleges outside the U.S.

Surveying 137,000 students, the book assigns scores rating schools in eight categories including admissions selectivity, academics and quality of life. Schools that met the criteria were not ranked in order.

In this year’s profile of UMW, The Princeton Review said the school “offers a sense of community and tons of school spirit,” along with small class sizes, one-on-one time with professors and a plethora of undergraduate research opportunities.

The publication touts UMW’s proximity to Washington, commitment to community service and welcoming campus community. It also points to the university as a “great liberal arts school” with strong academics and engaging faculty members.

The recognition is the latest by selective college guides to rank Mary Washington among the nation’s best. It has also been highlighted by the Fiske Guide to Colleges, Money Magazine and USA Today.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ribbon Cutting for Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg LIVE!

Join us today at the ribbon cutting for Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg at 4 p.m.

1201 Sam Perry Blvd., Fredericksburg 22401 Suite 102

Or . . . tune in LIVE streaming from the FredRegChamber Facebook Page @ 4:10 p.m.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Made in FredVa applications now being accepted

Applications are being accepted for 2017 Made in FredVA business start-up competition.

Interested entrepreneurs will have until Sept. 1 to submit business concepts online at madeinfredva.comfor the chance to win an as-yet undetermined amount toward start-up expenses. There will also be a $500 People’s Choice cash award.

Applications will be reviewed in early September and finalists announced by Sept. 15. There is no cost to apply, and start-ups or new divisions of existing companies qualify.

The three finalists will pitch their idea in a live finale on Nov. 2 at the Inn at the Olde Silk Mill.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg Introduces New Life-Saving PET/CT Technology in Fredericksburg

Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg has installed a new PET/CT machine as part of its commitment to bring the latest technology to the region. The addition of this equipment to the facility will provide doctors with the newest molecular imaging technology to detect and treat cancer.

The molecular imaging capacity of this new equipment provides detailed pictures of biological processes on a molecular and cellular level. This allows doctors to detect cancer earlier, use a lower dose of radiation, and see higher levels of accuracy. The new PET/CT machine places Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg on par with some of the most prominent cancer research hospitals, including Johns Hopkins, UVA, and VCU.

“We’ve made this investment to equip local physicians and our community with the best tools possible in the fight against cancer.” - Practice Administrator Christopher Snyder

The positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) machine works through tracers that are injected into the vein and then highlighted under a PET scanner. The PET scan allows doctors to see the level of chemical and metabolic processes taking place in the body while the CT scan displays the functionality of organs and tissues.

The scan measures blood flow, oxygen use, and how your body uses sugar. This enables doctors to identify benign and malignant growths earlier than ever. By providing a whole-body survey in a single session, doctors can detect cancer, see how far it has spread, and determine the best course of treatment for the patient.

The PET/CT scanner will not only help cancer patients, but also others suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy. The versatility of the machine will make this addition to Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg an indispensable medical technology, one that will save countless lives.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 540-741-XRAY or go to



Monday, July 24, 2017

Unemployment falls to 3.7 percent

From Virginia Business

Virginia’s unemployment rate dipped to 3.7 percent in June.

The Virginia Employment Commission reported on Friday that June’s rate represented the first decline after a three-month period during which the unemployment remained unchanged at 3.8 percent.

The June 2017 rate also was down three-tenths of a percentage point from the June 2016 figure, 4 percent. Unemployment now is at the lowest level in the Commonwealth since April 2008.

The jobless rate numbers are based on seasonally adjusted data, meaning they take into account seasonal fluctuations in the labor market.

During June, Virginia’s labor force expanded for the 15th consecutive month to 4.31 million, a new record. Nonfarm employment increased by 9,400 jobs during the month to 3.96 million, also a record.

The national unemployment rate for June was 4.4 percent, seven-tenths of a percentage point higher than Virginia’s figure.

Employment in six Virginia industry sectors rose in June while falling in four segments and remaining unchanged in one, information.

The biggest increase occurred in the leisure and hospitality industry, which added 7,400 jobs to reach a total of 407,500.

The largest job declines occurred in two sectors — manufacturing and professional and business services — which lost 2,400 positions each. The new totals are 231,000 jobs in manufacturing and 733,100 in professional and business services.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ribbon Cutting for Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg

Today at noon, July 12. Tour and learn more about their 3D Mammography equipment.

10401 Spotsylvania Ave. Suite 101, 22408


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

EDA approves grants, discusses future grant process

Fredericksburg’s economic development authority approved more than $10,000 in grants at its Monday meeting and discussed the future of its grant cycle, which has been a major impetus in revitalizing downtown business locations.

All grants were made under the EDA’s façade improvement, JumpStart!, event sponsorship and arts programs. The EDA funds its grants through the fees it collects from private organizations in exchange for representing those groups’ tax-exempt bond issuances.

The EDA accepts grant applications four times per year, with its next deadline in September.

This façade improvement matching grant was approved:

  • $5,000 to Jonathon Chen for a gate, door and trim repair at 1005 Princess Anne St.

This nonprofit JumpStart! grant was approved:

  • $717.15 for Tree Fredericksburg to plant shrubs at the entrance to train station.

Event sponsorships approved were:

  • $1,500 to Fredericksburg Book Festival
  • $2,000 for the Made in FredVa competition to the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • $1,500 to a new event, the Fredericksburg Jazz Festival, for an Oct. 7 jazz festival to be held in Market Square

A total of $10,717.75 was given out in grants.

The EDA declined requests for funding for projects including an awning for the rear of 809 Caroline St., new signs at 403 William St. and fundraiser by Children’s Museum of Richmond.

At Monday’s meeting, the EDA also discussed the future of its grant program and how its committees should be made up.

There was a rancorous discussion about how many members should be appointed to committees, whether all members should participate in the grants committee and even how many women should serve on each committee. After that, Mitzi Brown was appointed to serve with Chris Muldrow on the grants committee, Beth Black was appointed as a representative of the EDA to the Riverfront Task Force, and Muldrow was added to the branding committee.

The group decided to add a review of the grants process to its Aug. 14 meeting, when it will discuss revising the process and what economic development activities it will support.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

REC Announces New Member of Executive Leadership Team

John D. Hewa has joined Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s executive management team, where he will oversee several functional areas including Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Safety and Security, and Technology Services.     

Hewa has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the electric utility industry and a broad knowledge of the cooperative business model. He has served as the CEO of electric cooperatives in Texas and Florida, and as vice president of research, engineering, and technical services at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Prior to his cooperative career, Hewa managed the utilities department for the City of Manassas, Virginia. Hewa serves on the NRECA Governance Task Force and the Board of Directors for the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).

“There are many opportunities ahead for REC as it continues to grow,” said Hewa. “I am excited to be part of REC’s excellent tradition of providing outstanding service and value to its member owners. My family and I are glad to be returning to Virginia, and I am so appreciative of the opportunity to be associated with the dedicated REC team.”

Hewa holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is a registered professional engineer.  Hewa and his wife Laura have three daughters.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Stafford-themed works on exhibit at Porter Branch through August

Uniquely Stafford art show highlights Stafford County

Central Rappahannock Regional Library's Uniquely Stafford art show is on exhibit at Porter Branch through August. Local artists were invited to submit works inspired by the Stafford experience.  An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 15, 6-8 p.m.

Janet Payne is juror and judge for this show. Payne was the Fine Arts Coordinator for Stafford County Schools for 18 years and was appointed to the Virginia Commission for the Arts by Governor L. Douglas Wilder.

One $1,000 Best in Show prize will be awarded, and additional cash prizes will be awarded in Painting, Drawing/Printmaking, Photography, Computer Generated Art, and Mixed Media. The opening reception and cash awards are generously donated by the Friends of the Library.



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ribbon Cutting Today for CPR Fredericksburg

Held Thursday, July 6 at 4 p.m. located at 3940 Plank Road, Suite J, Fredericksburg 22407


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ribbon Cutting Today for Crazy 4 Gaming Video Game Theater

Join us today at 4 p.m. for the ribbon cutting held at Hurkamp Park, Fredericksburg


Monday, June 26, 2017

Public viewing for new river crossing design

The public is invited to attend a citizen information meeting thist week to learn more about the revised design for the Interstate 95 southbound collector-distributor lanes – Rappahannock River Crossing project between Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County and Exit 130 (Route 3) in the City of Fredericksburg.

The citizen information meeting will be held:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
5-7 p.m.
Fredericksburg Hospitality House & Conference Center
Fredericksburg Room
2801 Plank Road (Central Park)
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
A brief presentation will be delivered at 6 p.m.

The revised design includes construction of three new I-95 southbound lanes in the current median of I-95 for through traffic. The new through traffic lanes would be built from North of Exit 133 on Route 17 in Stafford to just south of Exit 130 at Route 3 in Spotsylvania.

The three existing I-95 southbound lanes in this area would be converted to lanes for local traffic, also known as collector-distributor lanes.

The project would require the construction of a new crossing of the Rappahannock River, parallel to the existing I-95 southbound bridge, to carry the new lanes for through traffic.

The project seeks to reduce I-95 congestion in the Fredericksburg area by providing local traffic with an additional route to travel between Route 17 and Route 3 without merging into the interstate through lanes.

Stop by anytime between 5-7 p.m. on June 28 to review displays, proposed plans, and discuss questions with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) staff.

For additional information, please visit the project page on Meeting displays and materials will be posted to the page on June 28.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fredericksburg-area projects approved for state's six-year transportation plan

By: Scott Shenk (FL-S)

The Commonwealth Transportation Board on Tuesday approved the state’s next Six-Year Improvement Program, establishing billions in funding for work during the 2018–2023 period, including projects in the Fredericksburg region.

The SYIP includes funding for Smart Scale projects, a 2-year-old scoring program aimed at helping pay for the most important road and rail projects in Virginia. The budget also includes funding for maintenance and operations work, which is a major transportation expenditure.

The $18.6-billion SYIP funding will pay for work on more than 3,600 projects across the state, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

VDOT’s portion of the SYIP for its 2018 fiscal year budget is $5.41 billion, up 1 percent over last year. VDOT said in a release that the increase comes from more contributions from local and regional jurisdictions, which offsets a drop in state revenue. Without the local contributions, VDOT said its annual budget would be 4 percent less than fiscal 2017.

VDOT said maintenance and operations account for $2.13 billion of the 2018 budget while new construction will claim $1.87 billion of it.

The state’s six-year funding program includes money for transportation work in the 14-county Fredericksburg District, including current and upcoming projects.

Two of the bigger new local projects in the SYIP are the $59.7-million Virginia Railway Express station expansions in Stafford and $14.4 million in improvements to the Interstate 95 interchange in Massaponax, both of which secured Smart Scale funding to cover a portion of the costs.

A total of nine Fredericksburg District projects got $26 million through the second round of Smart Scale. That total is in stark contrast to the $204 million the district got through the first round of Smart Scale. Much of the first round funding will go toward the $125-million southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.

Other major local projects getting money in the six-year funding program include the planned replacement of both U.S. 17 bridges over I–95 in Stafford and a major rehabilitation project for the Chatham Bridge.

More than $20 million was secured for the U.S. 17 overpass projects.

The CTB allocated $17.7 million for the Chatham Bridge project, which is in the design phase. No timeline has been announced for the project yet, but a public hearing is expected to be held in January.

Area transportation leaders have recently ramped up efforts to find new ways to pay for the region’s transportation infrastructure, including the northbound side of the Rappahannock River Crossing project, which did not score well in the Smart Scale program.

But it’s not all bad

Hap Connors, the area’s CTB representative, pointed out on Tuesday that the district is getting roughly twice as much transportation funding as it got two years ago.

“We often lose sight of that,” he said in an email about the area’s transportation funding.” But still, more to do and more is needed.”


Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Community Foundation surprises Germanna with $20,000 grant

The staff of the Community Foundation planned a surprise presentation at a fake board meeting on Germanna College campus on Thursday. This is how they surprised the winning education team who wrote the proposal for the $20,000 Visionary Grant for Education.

Ron Hunt, Grants Coordinator at Germanna, Shashuna Gray, Dean of Arts & Science, Scott Kemp, Interim VP for Student Success and Dr. Jeanne Wesley, VP for Workforce submitted a proposal for the grant on behalf of Germanna.

After reviewing several proposals from deserving area candidates, the foundation’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to award their second of four $20,000 Visionary Grants to Germanna Community College in order to accelerate students’ progress to reach meaningful certificate and degree goals, and ultimately the jobs of their choice.

The foundation’s review committee selected Germanna’s project, Paving the Way to Completion: Using Meta-Majors to Streamline the Path to Student Success, because it was the most promising strategy for advancing long-term educational goals and the most likely to benefit our entire community in a significant way.

With The Community Foundation’s support, Germanna will adapt and evolve to the changing needs of students and the changing needs of employers seeking qualified graduates. In a rapidly changing economy, this grant will help students navigate departments and course choices efficiently and effectively.

In celebration of its 20th anniversary this year, the foundation is offering a special Visionary Grant cycle, distributing a total of $80,000

Area nonprofits may apply for a $20,000 Visionary Grant for Health/Human Services beginning June 23 with a submission deadline of July 28.  The Community Foundation will announce the next grant award winner the week of September 25.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Abberly at Southpoint apartment building grand opening today

Abberly at Southpoint, a new 280-unit apartment living community by HH Hunt, will officially open on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. hosted by Fredericksburg Regional Chamber.

The complex is located in Southpoint Landing, on Abberly Village Drive near CarMax.

This free event will have live music, craft beer and gourmet food.