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Monday, May 22, 2017

Breaking News: Union to acquire Xenith in $701M deal

From Richmond BizSense

Two of Richmond’s biggest locally based banks are getting hitched.

Union Bank & Trust announced this morning a deal to acquire Xenith Bank in an all-stock deal valued at $701 million.

The combination would create the largest community bank in the state with $11.9 billion in total assets. Union and Xenith most recently reported total assets of $8.66 billion and Xenith’s $3.19 billion respectively.

“The combination with Xenith delivers on our stated priorities for this year as well as our acquisition goals enabling Union to efficiently cross the $10 billion asset threshold,” Union CEO John Asbury said in a prepared statement released today.

Union will gain its first significant branch presence in the Hampton Roads market, taking over a swath of locations Xenith took over through its merger last year with Bank of Hampton Roads, as well as Xenith’s operations in Northern Virginia, North Carolina and the Eastern Shore.

“Deepening our presence in Hampton Roads and adding to our Richmond and Northern Virginia network were priorities for Union and we’re also able to gain retail entry points in North Carolina and Maryland.”

Asbury will serve as president and CEO of the combined organizations. Xenith CEO Gaylon Layfield will stay on only through a “transitional period” as executive vice chairman.

Xenith shareholders will receive 0.9 shares of Union stock for each of their Xenith shares. The deal value is based on Union’s last closing price of $31.72 per share. It implies a value on Xenith’s stock of $29.67 per share. It closed Friday at $26.87.

The deal has been approved by the board of directors of each company and is expected to close early next year.


 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center host Farmers Market every Wednesday

Spotsylvania Farmers Market at SRMC 4600 Spotsylvania Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408 May 17 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This fun afternoon market is the perfect place to visit with family and friends and get your mid-week shopping done. Beautiful farm fresh produce, locally raised meat and eggs, artisanal breads and pastries, ice cold lemonade, hot popcorn and more! Fresh, affordable, and local! Open rain or shine. Cash, credit cards and SNAP/EBT are accepted.


 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Community-focused Professional Headshot Event

It's About Your Image May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us from 2:00 p.m-7:00 p.m. May 24, 2017. Attend a FREE Vendor Fair and Head Shot Event. This is a great opportunity to meet some local business and donate to local charities.

They are offering a discounted rate of $50 for a portrait. Hosted by Movement Mortgage, STA title & Escrow, Catalyst, Century 21 New Millenium and Beauty Logic Designs.  Also food & beverages, music, vendors, networking, door prizes, and on-site interviews. The event is held at Catalyst Media Center, 3451 Jeff Davis Hwy.


 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chamber Event Today!

Tuesday, May 16- Ribbon cutting at Kelly Services located at 560 Celebrate Virginia Parkway unit 103 at 10 a.m. Stop by and welcome our new chamber members.


 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Check Out the Latest Chamber Business Magazine

Fredericksburg Regional Business Magazine


 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Is Your Business PCI Ready?

Attend tomorrow's seminar at the Chamber Office starting at 8 a.m., breakfast served.


 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Leadership Fredericksburg is accepting applications for 2018 program

The Chamber’s signature program - Leadership Fredericksburg – is accepting applications for its 11th year. 
 
The nine-month course takes place at various locations around the Fredericksburg region. It provides the community with a pool of highly skilled and motivated leaders from a cross-section of industry who are committed to improving the quality of life in the region while leading with integrity, best practices, and guiding principles.   
 
This highly selective program accepts approximately 27 participants annually. Each applicant submits a comprehensive application coupled with a supporting letter of recommendation. Applicants will be chosen by a selection committee that will use equitable criteria guidelines to select the participants. 
 
HOW TO APPLY
To download the application for Leadership Fredericksburg, click here.You may also contact the Chamber office at (540) 373-9400 if you would like to receive an application by fax, mail, or email. There is a $25.00 application fee. The application deadline is Friday, June 30th, 2017. 
 
For more information about Leadership Fredericksburg, visit our web presence at this link or contact me at 540-373-9563 orSheri@fredericksburgchamber.org
PROGRAM TITLE SPONSOR –Mary Washington Healthcare
 
Leadership Fredericksburg – the premier network of leaders in the Fredericksburg region!


 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rappahannock Goodwill Acquires ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning of Fredericksburg

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) has acquired ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning of Fredericksburg from Williams Maintenance. The acquisition will raise RGI’s current employee count to just over 650.

“While we are new to the ServiceMaster Clean franchise network, we are not new to providing janitorial services,” states Donnie Tolson, RGI President & CEO. “Teaming with ServiceMaster will enhance our capabilities and allow us to provide a wide array of services to our current and future customers as we fulfill our mission,” Tolson adds.

RGI has been serving the Fredericksburg region for 50 years. The addition of the ServiceMaster Clean franchise allows RGI to expand its mission: to create jobs locally, prepare people to succeed at work, and help them overcome barriers to employment.

The new entity will be known as ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning for Good and joins the RGI family of local commercial services including commercial and uniform laundry through RGI Laundry; local hauling by College Hunks Hauling and Moving; temporary staffing placements through Taskforce Staffing; and government facilities cleaning.


 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Leadership Fredericksburg-Now Accepting Applications for its 11th Year

HOW TO APPLY: To download the application for Leadership Fredericksburg, click here. 
You may also contact the Chamber office at (540)-373-9400 if you would like to receive
an application by fax, mail, or email. There is a $25.00 application fee. The application 
dealine is Friday, June 30th, 2017. 


 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rappahannock Goodwill Announces Changes in Leadership

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries President & CEO, Donnie Tolson, recently announced changes in key leadership within the organization.

Julie Bayless is promoted to Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer. She has worked with RGI for 16 years.

Ted Smith is named Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer. Smith’s responsibilities include donated goods, College Hunks Hauling & Moving, computer recycling, e-commerce, ServiceMaster Clean, RGI Contracts, and RGI laundry.

Julie Rettinger is Vice President, Branding & Chief Administrative Officer.  In addition to overseeing community relations and resource development, she will be responsible for HR, training, facilities, and Taskforce Staffing. Rettinger has been with RGI since 2012.

Megan Bergen, who has been with RGI since 2003, is Vice President, Mission Services & Chief Mission Officer.

“We are excited to announce the changes in our leadership and responsibilities. Our goal is to help ensure Rappahannock Goodwill is sound and efficient – now and far into the future. This new structure will position us to achieve outstanding mission outcomes,” said Tolson. 


 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

United Bankshares completes acquisition of Cardinal Financial Corp.

From Virginia Business

United Bankshares Inc. has completed its acquisition of Tyson Corner-based Cardinal Financial Corp.

The deal, valued at $912 million when announced last year, is United’s tenth recent acquisition in the Washington, D.C., area. 

Cardinal had $4.3 billion in assets, boosting United’s total assets to more than $19 billion.

United has headquarters in Charleston, W.Va., and Washington, D.C.

With the addition of Cardinal’s 22 banking locations, United now has 145 full-service offices in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and the District of Columbia.

United officials said the bank now ranks No. 1 in deposit market share among community banks in the Washington area.

As a result of the acquisition, Bernard H. Clineburg, Cardinal’s executive chairman, will join United’s board of directors.


 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dr. Janet Gullickson Named Germanna's Sixth President

(Fredericksburg.Today)

Dr. Janet Gullickson has been named the sixth president of Germanna Community College, the first woman to hold the position.

"Janet brings outstanding qualifications to this presidency,” said Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “She’s a dynamic community college educator with an impressive resume of significant leadership positions."

Gullickson will succeed Dr. David Sam, who has served as Germanna’s president for nearly a decade. Sam announced last summer that he would retire at the end of the current academic year.

Gullickson presided over two community colleges, including her current position as president of Spokane Falls Community College, a position she has held since 2012.

Prior to that, she served two years as chief academic officer for the second largest district of the Community Colleges of Spokane. Gullickson served as president of Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colorado, between 2004 and 2005. She was also interim president and provost of what is now known as Minnesota’s Northeast Higher Education District.

Gullickson holds a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree from South Dakota State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota.

Gullickson was one of three finalists for the position. The other two top contenders were Dr. John R. Donnelly, currently vice president for instruction and student services at Piedmont Virginia Community College, and Dr. Linda Thomas-Glover, current president of Eastern Shore Community College.

Germanna Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education, serving some 13,000 students in academic courses and workforce development training.


 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Wal-Mart Stores East leases industrial space in Spotsylvania County

 

Wal-Mart Stores East LP has leased 46,530 square feet of industrial space in McK Business Park at 3010 Mine Rd. in Spotsylvania County, Virgil Nelson and Wilson H. Greenlaw Jr. of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the lease negotiations.

In other lease transactions for Thalhimer in the Fredericksburg area:

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries leased about .8 acres of land near Fredericksburg Center B Building at 11900 Main St. in Spotsylvania County, Berkley Mitchell handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the tenant and Virgil Nelson represented the landlord. 

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries also leased 12,000 square feet of retail space in the Furnace Road Project located at the intersection of Garrisonville Road and Furnace Road in Stafford County.  The Goodwill retail store will join Walmart Neighborhood Market, Sheetz and other retailers in the project.  Berkley Mitchell handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the tenant.


 

Monday, April 10, 2017

STAY ALERT FOR HARRISON ROAD TRAFFIC SHIFT WEDNESDAY IN SPOTSYLVANIA

 

Eastbound Harrison Road traffic, west of Route 1, will move onto new pavement after

will move onto the new pavement after on Wednesday, April 12

Drivers on Route 620 (Harrison Road) in Spotsylvania County should be alert for a new traffic pattern starting Wednesday, April 12, in the intersection improvement project work zone.

Eastbound Harrison Road traffic, west of Route 1, will be shifted slightly right onto new pavement shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Motorists should be alert for brief traffic stops over a 30-minute period as eastbound traffic is transitioned onto new pavement.

Westbound Harrison Road traffic will not be affected. Westbound Harrison Road traffic will continue traveling in the existing westbound lane. 


 

Friday, April 7, 2017

AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in Virginia

The TV show American Pickers are heading to Virginia this May and are looking for leads throughout the region, specifically interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them! They are looking for different, unusual, and unique items too – something we’ve never seen before and with an interesting story!
Feel free to share this with individuals, social media etc. If interested call: 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878), or e-mail: AmericanPickers@cineflix.com.
Also on Facebook: @GOTAPICK
Please note that Mike and Frank only pick private collections so NO stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public.


 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Identity Theft seminar tonight at CRRL Headquarters

Identity Theft: What You Need to Know
Thursday, April 6, 7 - 8 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg
Learn what to do if your identity is stolen. Presented by Dwayne McDorman, a licensed financial advisor who has worked with fraud investigators and attorneys.


 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Member Orientation Tomorrow Wednesday, April 5

Open to all new members and new employees of businesses. Starting at 3 p.m. at the chamer office. 


 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Duck Donuts opens in Stafford

The store is the the 14th in Virginia. The new donut shop is located at 1475 Stafford Market Place, Suite 103 and is owned by Larry and Katie Scherer and Ryan and Tamara Sloper.

Along with their new Stafford location, the local franchise owners also have Duck Donuts shops in Bristow, Fredericksburg, and Woodbridge.

The popular donut chain founded in North Carolina offers cake donuts cooked to order with a variety of toppings.


 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I-95 NORTHBOUND RAMP FROM ROUTE 3 IN FREDERICKSBURG WILL CLOSE THURSDAY NIGHT

Route 3 eastbound on-ramp to I-95 northbound (Exit 130/Fredericksburg) will close

9 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, March 23 for a bridge inspection

FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will inspect the Route 3 (Plank Road) interstate overpass tomorrow night in Fredericksburg, and will close the on-ramp to Interstate 95 northbound from Route 3 eastbound to give crews space to properly inspect the structure.

The on-ramp will be closed from 9 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, March 23.

I-95 northbound will be reduced to two lanes at the Route 3 overpass for the inspection work zone.

All other ramps at the Exit 130 interchange will remain open during the inspection.

Detour Route

Eastbound Route 3 motorists seeking to enter I-95 northbound will be directed to U-turn onto westbound Route 3 at Gateway Boulevard. Once on westbound Route 3, motorists can access the I-95 northbound on-ramp from the westbound lanes.

Virginia State Police will assist with traffic control near the work zone. 


 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fredericksburg Academy’s 25th School Year Recognized by Delegate Mark Cole

Delegate Mark Cole will present a copy of House Joint Resolution Number 825, which commends Fredericksburg Academy for 25 years of independent educational excellence, on Tuesday, March 21 at Fredericksburg Academy. 

The Virginia General Assembly has praised the school’s contribution to Spotsylvania County and the region. The Clerk of the House of Delegates has prepared a copy to be presented to Karen Moschetto, Head of School at Fredericksburg Academy.

The original authors of this commendation are Fredericksburg Academy’s graduating class of 2023, currently eighth-grade students.


 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Business After Hours Networking on Thursday

Join chamber members and guests at the Business After Hours starting at 5:30 p.m. at Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy, 3630 Lee Hill Drive, Fredericksburg.


 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ribbon Cutting for Alan Chalmers Fine Menswear rescheduled for Monday

Ribbon cutting for chamber members at Alan Chalmers Fine Menswear is set for Monday, March 20 @ 3:45 p.m. Located at 205 Hanover Street.


 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ribbon Cutting for Alan Chalmers Fine Menswear is postponed

Due to expected bad weather.
A new date will be scheduled.


 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Don't Forget-Daylight Savings Time

Set your clocks forward on Sunday, 2 a.m.


 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Smith Bowman Distillery awarded “World’s Best Bourbon” for the second year in a row

For the second year in a row, A. Smith Bowman Distillery was awarded the honor of “World’s Best Bourbon” by Whisky Magazine. However, this year’s award was given to a different bourbon John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Abraham Bowman Port Finished Bourbon won in 2016.

The Distillery received the award on February 28, at the Whisky Magazine Awards in New York. Master Distiller Brian Prewitt accepted the award. “We could not be more excited to receive this honor for the second year in a row,” said Prewitt. “For our small distillery in Virginia, receiving the title of “World’s Best Bourbon” two years in a row for two different bourbons is something truly special for us.

 Whiskeys in each category were subject to rigorous blind taste testing to determine the very best.


 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Chamber Event today! Capital Caring's Ribbon Cutting

Join us at 4 p.m. today at their location 111 Greenwich Dr. Fredericksburg 22408


 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Free Tickets for Chamber Members to CYT Fredericksburg Performance!

CYT Fredericksburg is offering chamber members reserved seating at the first performance of Willy Wonka on Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m. Also, members are entitled to a backstage tour and meet the CYT Board Members. To reserve free tickets, e-mail allison@cytfred.org


 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ribbon Cutting Today for BetterMed Urgent Care

Grand Opening celebration at 2 p.m. for Chamber members at BetterMed Urgent Care located at 10004 Southpoint Pkwy, Fredericksburg 22407


 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MWH Recognized with National Award for Clinical Excellence

The Wound Healing Center at Mary Washington Healthcare in Woodbridge, has been recognized with a national award for clinical excellence.

Leaders, physicians and clinicians from Mary Washington Healthcare celebrate the Center of Distinction award which was given to the Wound Healing Center by Healogics, the nation’s leading and largest wound care management company.

The center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a wound healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 31 median days. Out of 630 Centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award, 334 achieved this honor in 2017.

According to Marie Fredrick, Vice President of Ambulatory Services, “Mary Washington Healthcare is very proud of the achievement of the Woodbridge Wound Healing Center. The Wound Center consistently demonstrates the commitment to those patients afflicted with wounds and works hard to keep the Prince William community healthier by offering the latest high-tech clinical applications, including Hyberbaric Chamber treatment, for our wound patients.”

The center offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Some of the leading-edge treatments offered at the Wound Healing Center include negative pressure wound therapy, debridement, application of cellular-based tissue or skin substitutes to the wound, offloading or total contact casts and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. 


 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Marstel-Day, LLC Recognized with Two Environmental Business Achievement Awards

Marstel-Day, LLC has received two awards from the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) for its social contributions and natural resource management achievements. These awards recognize the company’s “Stand With Wildlife” campaign as well as its support of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial.

The Stand With Wildlife campaign helped shine a light on major wildlife conservation issues of our time, accompanied by a call to action for individuals and businesses to take a stand to support wildlife and biodiversity. Throughout the campaign, Marstel-Day partnered with organizations such as the National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI); One More Generation; Soul River; the Jane Goodall Institute; Five Gyres; the Oakland Zoo; the Wildlife Center of Virginia; the Consortium for Ocean Leadership; the Earth Journalism Network; Discover Nature Apps; the US Fish and Wildlife Service and more. These partnerships focused on identifying and developing strategies to protect, restore and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife and their habitats and on presenting ways in which individuals and businesses can help make that happen.

Marstel-Day was also recognized for providing support to and coordination of a campaign marking the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty between Canada and the United States.  Signed in 1916 between the US and Great Britain (acting on behalf of Canada), the Migratory Bird Treaty is the first major US legislation that protects birds migrating across international borders. The two countries agreed to stop hunting all insectivorous birds and to establish specific hunting seasons for game birds. While the treaty has been very successful, migratory birds still face a number of challenges to survival such as the rate of avian deaths from wind turbines, loss of critical habitat, and the use of pesticides, which continues to grow.

The 2016 EBJ awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit XV in San Diego, Calif. on March 22, 2017. Environmental Business Journal provides strategic information and market forecasts for executives involved in 14 business segments, including environmental remediation, water & wastewater, air pollution control, environmental consulting & engineering, hazardous waste, instrumentation, pollution control equipment, waste management, resource recovery, and solid waste management.


 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ribbon Cutting for JDog Stafford Junk Removal & Hauling on Friday, Feb. 17

Join the chamber as we welcome and hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Feb. 17 starting at 4 p.m. held at Paddy's Steakhouse & Pub located at 9 Center St., Fredericksburg 22556


 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Local Real Estate Market Remains Static

January Kicks Off 2017 with Consistent Numbers for Local Real Estate Market

The Fredericksburg area residential real estate market is static for January compared to 2016. Sold dollar volume increased nominally going from $82,908,504 in January of 2016 to $84,608,188 in January 2017, a 2.05% increase.  Median sold price increased 1.73% going from $260,000 in January of 2016 to $264,000 in January of 2017.  Units sold fell slightly from 305 units in January of 2016 to 300 units in January of 2017, a 1.64% decrease. 

Average days on market, the time it takes from when a listing enters the market until it has a ratified contract, decreased significantly, going from 92 days in January of 2016 to 74 days in January of 2017, representing a nearly 20% decrease.  While active listings remain down from the previous year, a bright spot this January has been the significant increase in new listings coming onto the market compared to last year.  In January of 2016, 436 new listings came onto the market, but in January of 2017, 604 new listings were added, representing a 38.53% increase. 

The commercial real estate market is faring well according to FAAR Board Member Ben Keddie.  “Some individual market segments are doing very well by enjoying low vacancy rates and rent growth.  Others may have room for improvement but are certainly trending in the right direction. Construction starts and projects in development are increasing, however, most are specialized build-to-suit projects or projects with significant pre-leasing success,” states Keddie. 


 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Vakos breaks ground at Southpoint Landing

By Lindley Estes, Freelance-Star

W.J. Vakos & Co. broke ground on its newest mixed-use project called Southpoint Landing on Wednesday, which will also serve as its new corporate offices.

The development’s first mixed-use building is 48,000 square feet, with three stories and an underground parking garage.

Vakos Companies will occupy the top floor of the facility.

Southpoint Landing is the final area of Southpoint’s 335 acres to be developed and is located along I-95 near CarMax. HH Hunt’s Abberly at Southpoint apartments were the first phase of the development.

The company said it is working with several national retailers and a hotel and plans several more mixed-use buildings there.

The Vakos Companies are working with GLMG and RCCI as contractors along with Union Bank & Trust for financing for the project.

(From FLS)


 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Technology company to expand business in Fairfax County

IOMAXIS, a leading technology company plans to invest $3.8 million in expanding its operation in Fairfax County. The company provides solutions to revolutionize cloud, mobile and network products and systems. Additionally, they provide engineering support to leading technology companies as well as the U.S. Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, National Law Enforcement, Homeland Security. The expansion will create 555 new jobs over the next three years.

“Virginia is at the center of cutting-edge intelligence technology, and IOMAXIS’ tremendous growth is a prime example of the Commonwealth leading the way in the ever-growing cybersecurity sector,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe in a press release.

“IOMAXIS’ decision to expand in Fairfax County is a testament to Virginia’s top-rated, high-tech workforce and strategic location on the Mid-Atlantic,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “From startups to large system integrators, nearly 70,000 Virginians work in the burgeoning cybersecurity industry.”

IOMAXIS was incorporated in Austin, Texas, and has additional offices in San Antonio and Silicon Valley.


 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

VRE proposes fare increase

From Fred.com

The Virginia Railway Express is proposing a fare increase that if approved would take effect in the summer.

VRE will hold public hearings before deciding on the proposed 3 percent increase.

In a release, the commuter rail service said the increase “is being proposed in order to pay for increased operations costs.”

The new fares would involve various levels of increases. For instance, a single trip from the Spotsylvania or Fredericksburg stations to Union Station would increase from the current $11.55 to $11.90. A monthly pass for the same trip would increase from $318.10 to $327.60.

A chart with fare prices under the proposed increase can be found online at bit.ly/2lhBmhq. The proposal would raise step-up Amtrak tickets from $5 to $7.

“The VRE Operations Board considers fare increases every two years to offset expected increases in operating costs,” spokesman Paul Dean said in a statement for VRE.

He added that increased costs include such things as labor and maintenance along with rising track access fees for using the CSX Transportation rail lines.

The VRE Operations Board, the Northern Virginia and Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commissions and individual jurisdiction members of VRE have to approve the fare increase for it to be instituted.

VRE last increased fares, by 4 percent, in 2015.

Two public hearings will be held locally. The first will be at the Stafford County Government Center at 7 p.m. March 15. The second will be at 7 p.m. March 16 at the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization office, 406 Princess Anne St.

Written comments can be sent by mail to VRE at 1500 King Street, Suite 202, Alexandria, VA 22314. Letters should be addressed with “VRE, Public Comment” on them. Email comments can be sent to publiccomment@vre.org. Comments can also be faxed to 703/684-1313.


 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Spotsylvania graphic design firm acquires competitor

From Fred.com

Image360—Fredericksburg, a graphics design studio in Spotsylvania County, acquired local competitor Signs for Anything on Feb. 1.

Signs for Anything, which makes custom sign products in Fredericksburg, is now a wholly owned company that is part of Image360—Fredericksburg.

Its acquisition will allow Image360—Fredericksburg to increase the size of its team and enhance its services and capabilities, according to owner Joe Bury.

Image360—Fredericksburg already creates graphics for such things as vehicles and trade show displays as well as interior and exterior signs.


 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Manufacturer to create 150 jobs at vacant GM plant in Spotsylvania

From Fred.com

A global manufacturer is bringing 150 jobs to the former General Motors Powertrain plant in Spotsylvania County, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday.

Missouri-based idX Corp., which produces décor, fixtures, graphics and millwork for retailers, is investing $7.2 million to set up shop at the plant on Tidewater Trail, according to a Governor’s Office news release.

The company hopes to have a soft opening June 1 and be fully operational later that month, idX spokeswoman Lin Courtois said in an email to The Free Lance–Star. It will fill the jobs over an estimated three years, she said.

An undetermined number of the 150 jobs will be filled by existing employees in Columbia, Md., which is about 90 miles north of Fredericksburg. The company is moving its operations there to Spotsylvania, Courtois said, but idX anticipates hiring a “good number” of Virginians.

She could not immediately provide a pay range for the workers.

The 289,000-square-foot facility across from Fredericksburg Country Club has been vacant since the GM plant closed in 2010.

McAuliffe approved a $400,000 state grant to help the company improve the plant. In addition, the Virginia Jobs Investment Program will contribute an unspecified amount of funding and services for idX’s employee training activities.

The company also will receive about $1.5 million in incentives from Spotsylvania over 10 years, according to a county news release. A county spokeswoman said the Board of Supervisors must approve the incentives agreement before she can publicly release it.

Virginia competed against Maryland and North Carolina to win the project, according to the Governor’s Office.

The manufacturer is purchasing the 77-acre facility from RACER Trust, which a federal judge created to sell off GM’s former assets after the company declared bankruptcy in 2009. The sale is expected to be finalized soon.

idX has locations across North America, in addition to Asia, Europe and the Indian subcontinent to “meet the needs of global customers,” the governor’s release states. It specializes in wood, metal, glass, acrylic, laminates, veneers and upholstery.

“As idX Corporation expands its presence in the United States and globally, we are proud that the company chose Virginia for its state-of-the-art manufacturing operation to serve the growing Southeast market,” McAuliffe stated. “Winning this project is a testament to both Spotsylvania County and the commonwealth’s open and competitive business climate, strategic location and top-notch workforce.”

Spotsylvania County Administrator Mark Taylor lauded the company’s “bold decision to adapt and enlarge” the former plant, saying the jobs will reduce commutes “for some of our talented Spotsylvania workforce.” A county news release said the company will expand the plant over five years.

Supervisor Gary Skinner, whose Lee Hill District includes the site, said officials have worked hard to replace the lost jobs at the GM plant, which employed 300 people in its heyday. “idX is a very good start for us to replace those jobs,” Skinner said.

Terry Schultz, CEO of idX, said in a statement that the Spotsylvania investment will strengthen the company’s East Coast manufacturing and distribution network. He added: “We’re eager to get started. We know we will build ...


 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Thursday morning commuters may encounter mix of wet, slushy or snow-covered pavement

Snow showers may affect travel early Thursday morning in the Fredericksburg area, with potentially wet, slushy or snow-covered road conditions at the peak of the morning commute.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have staff, trucks, and materials ready to treat roads. Crews will mobilize before the morning rush hour period tomorrow and will spread sand, salt and treatment chemicals as needed to improve motorist traction.


 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Chamber Business Roundtable on Tuesday!

"Heart Healthy Lifestyle" Speaker:   Ed Gillmeister RT/CIT Director of Cardiovascular Services Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center 
Comfort Suites Fredericksburg 4615 Southpoint Pkwy.
8 a.m. Breakfast Included


 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Traffic Alert for I-95 Next Week

From VDOT: Motorists should anticipate overnight travel delays next week on Interstate 95 at Fredericksburg, as crews will work on the new Fall Hill Avenue overpass.

Motorists should anticipate overnight travel delays next week on Interstate 95 at Fredericksburg, as crews will work on the new Fall Hill Avenue overpass.

As part of the Fall Hill Avenue widening project, crews will clean and stain the new bridge, which is located at mile marker 131 in Fredericksburg. The work requires double lane closures, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7 ˗˗ Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Lanes on I-95 will be closed on the following schedule, weather permitting.

Tuesday, Feb. 7 and Wednesday, Feb. 8

I-95 Northbound at mile marker 131 (Fall Hill Avenue)

  • Double lane closure 9 p.m. ˗˗ 1 a.m.

I-95 Southbound at mile marker 131 (Fall Hill Avenue)

  • Double lane closure 1 a.m. ˗˗ 5 a.m.
  • All lanes reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. 

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, Feb. 2

Join us as we hold a grand opening ribbon cutting for Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group, 10008 Southpoint Parkway, Suite 101 starting at 4 p.m.


 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

VDOT Rappahannock River Crossing Hearing Today

The Virginia Department of Transportation is holding a public hearing on the project in the Madison and Monroe Rooms at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center located at 2801 Plank Road on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The main focus will be on the two added collector-distributor lanes.

The rooms are accessible between 5-7 p.m. to review displays, proposed plans and discuss questions with Virginia Department of Transportation staff. No formal presentation will be given at the public hearing.

Here's a snapshot of the project, provided by VDOT:

"The I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing Southbound project will add 2 collector-distributor lanes parallel to Interstate 95 southbound between Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County and Exit 130 (Route 3) in the City of Fredericksburg.

"A new I-95 southbound bridge will be built over the Rappahannock River to carry the new collector-distributor lanes. The new bridge will be built parallel to the existing I-95 southbound bridge at the Rappahannock River.

"The project seeks to reduce I-95 congestion at Fredericksburg by providing local traffic with an additional route to travel between Route 17 and Route 3 without merging into the interstate's general purpose lanes.


 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Design for major I–95 project to be unveiled

By SCOTT SHENK THE FREE LANCE–STAR

The Virginia Department of Transportation will unveil its proposed design of a major Interstate 95 project at a public hearing on Wednesday.

The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House & Conference Center in Central Park, where the preliminary design for the southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project will be on display.

Officials from VDOT also will be on hand to answer questions, and attendees will be able to provide comments on the plans.

The plans for the crossing project call for two collector-distributor lanes to be added parallel to the primary I–95 lanes between U.S. 17 in Stafford and State Route 3 in Fredericksburg. A new bridge also will be built parallel to the southbound span over the Rappahannock River.

The project plans call for modifications at the U.S. 17 and Route 3 interchanges and the ramps at the Virginia Welcome Center near Route 3.

The new lanes are meant to serve as an alternative for local traffic, which is supposed to ease congestion on the main lanes.

Work on the $125 million project is expected to begin this year and be completed in 2022.

Those who don’t attend the meeting can still comment on the proposed design, which will soon be available on VDOT’s website.

Comments on the proposed design can be submitted by mail to Mr. Krishna Potturi, VDOT Project Manager, 87 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405. Emailed comments can be sent to Krishna.Potturi@VDOT.Virginia.Gov; write “Rappahannock River Crossing Southbound public comment” in the subject line.

VDOT will accept comments through Feb. 8.


 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Last Chance to Buy Gala Tickets TODAY!!

Hurry! Get your tickets today for the Chamber Awards & Gala
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fredericksburg Boat Show This Weekend at Expo & Conference Center

Been thinking about finally getting that boat you always wanted? Looking to swap your old boat for a new one? Then you really might want to think about taking some time this weekend to visit the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl. D. Silver Parkway.

It's the annual Fredericksburg Boat Show, from 1 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Yachts? Check. Jet skis? Yep. Also fishing boats, pontoons, cruisers, speed boats and much more.

Tickets are $9 at the door, with various discounts available.


 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ribbon Cutting Today for Avery Hess Realtors

Join us at 4:30 on Tuesday for Avery Hess Realtors New Office Location at 11019 Leavells Road, Fredericksburg.


 

Friday, January 13, 2017

FAAR Reports a Strong Real Estate Market

The 2016 real estate market showed an increase in home sales.  The year closed out with a total sold of $1,663,945,082, a  13.70% increase from 2015.  

There was a 10% increase in total units sold in 2016, going from 5,145 in 2015 to 5,686 this year.  Median price appreciated by 4.72% increasing from $262,500 to $274,900 in 2016.  Days on the market, fell nearly nine percent with houses averaging 78 days on the market in 2015 compared to 71 days in 2016.  Mostly sold were 3- and 4-bedroom, single-family homes, making up 83% of the total units sold. 

FAAR President Linda Fosdick said, “We are now seeing the conversion from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market spurred by a reduction in available inventory.”

The market experienced a 20 percent decrease in days on the market for December with houses averaging 76 days to sell compared to 95 days in 2015.  Buyers continued to purchase at the same level as 2015, but with a reduced inventory causing homes to move more quickly.  There were nearly 14% fewer listings in December compared to December 2015. 


 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Atlantic Builders expanding Fredericksburg headquarters


BY LINDLEY ESTES THE FREE LANCE-STAR

A local homebuilder is expanding its headquarters to include a new design center and offices.

Atlantic Builders, which purchased the former Union First Market Bank at 1975 Jefferson Davis Highway in the Twin Lakes area of the city and renovated it in 2012, is seeking approval from the city to close in the building's drive-thru lanes and add on more than 1,600 square feet to the 2,750-square-foot building.

Atlantic Builders president Tom Schoedel said the addition will be, "a fun, comfortable place for people to come."

The company's design center is inside The Carpet House in Spotsylvania County, but will move to the headquarters if the addition is approved. Schoedel hopes to complete the project this summer. 

Along with design samples, the addition will house a functioning kitchen for display and demos.

In 2016, Atlantic completed 83 homes. In 2017, the company hopes to complete 120 homes in Stafford, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg and Caroline counties while expanding to the west.

The public is invited to make inquiries and provide comments regarding the expansion by Jan. 23 to mesherman@fredericksburgva.gov.


 

Monday, January 9, 2017

AT Once Staffing Announces New Ownership & New Name

New Name, Same Great People, Same Great Service  

 AT Once Staffing, a full-service employment agency serving the greater Fredericksburg, Va. area, announced that Ginni Matern Mastin purchased the company effective January 1, 2017. At the same time, the company changed names to Matern Staffing, Inc.

Matern Staffing has a long history of placing job seekers with area companies, as a third generation woman-owned business since 1967. Today, Matern Staffing places hundreds of area job seekers annually in manufacturing, production, clerical, and other positions.

Matern Staffing will retain all its current office staff and employees following the purchase, ensuring a seamless transition for clients. Ms. Mastin entered the business as interim President of AT Once Staffing in 2015, after her mother and company founder, Cindy Matern, suddenly passed that year.

“We are enthusiastic to build on the strong relationships we have with the area’s top companies and workforce,” said Ms. Mastin, president, and founder. “We are confident that Matern Staffing will continue to deliver excellent service that has been the foundation of our company for fifty years.”


 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Coldwell Banker Elite acquires Carriage House

Coldwell Banker Elite acquired Coldwell Banker Carriage House on Jan. 1.  Coldwell Banker Carriage House’s agents and staff will remain at their 520 William Street location.

This acquisition strengthens the international Coldwell Banker brand under one brokerage in Fredericksburg, now having nine offices and about 200 employees.

Coldwell Banker Elite has been a local firm in the Fredericksburg area for more than 35 years and recognized as the #1 Coldwell Banker affiliate in Virginia for a decade.


 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New CEO takes over at Union Bankshares

FROM VA BUSINESS

John C. Asbury has become chief executive officer of Richmond-based Union Bankshares Corp., the holding company for Union Bank & Trust.

He succeeds G. William Beale, who has become executive vice chairman.

The change is part of a transition plan announced in August. Asbury joined the bank in October as president and CEO of the bank.

He is the former president and CEO of privately-held First National Bank of Santa Fe, N.M.

Union also named L. Duane Smith Jr. senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

Smith, 49, replaces W. Olen Thomas who retired after serving as chief marketing officer since 2003.  Smith was most recently head of brand marketing at Vonage.  Prior to Vonage, he spent 16 years at Capital One ultimately becoming vice president of card marketing.

Union Bank & Trust has about 114 banking offices and 190 ATMs located throughout Virginia.

Non-bank affiliates of the holding company include Union Mortgage Group Inc., Old Dominion Capital Management Inc., and Union Insurance Group LLC.


 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Flatter & Associates to provide police services in South Sudan

By Lindley Estes, Fred.com

Flatter & Associates, Inc., based in downtown Fredericksburg, announced its first IDIQ contract award supporting the U.S. Department of State this week.

The contract has a ceiling of $40 million and supports the department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement as part of the U.S. Government’s contribution to the United Nations mission in South Sudan.

Flatter will place and support police and corrections advisors in multiple regions in South Sudan.

DynCorp International and Paragon Support Solutions will work as subcontractors with Flatter & Associates.


 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

RACSB ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jane Yaun to take the reins on July 1, 2017

The Rappahannock Area Services Board announced the new executive director who will succeed outgoing executive director Ronald W. Branscome, who will retire on June 30, 2017.

Jane Yaun will begin as director on July 1, 2017. She was an internal candidate, selected after a six-month search.

Yaun began working at RACSB in 1988 after graduating from Mary Washington College. She started her career as a residential counselor and later headed many programs in the organization.

 Yaun also worked for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, analyzing policies that affected mental health services. She returned to RACSB in 2008, serving as the Quality Assurance Coordinator and later Deputy Executive Director.

Yaun will take over the helm of an organization that served more than 10,000 individuals and a staff of 600.

Yaun resides in the City of Fredericksburg with her 9-year-old daughter, Kate.


 

Friday, December 9, 2016

RACSB awarded highest-level award

The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board received another three-year accreditation from CARF International. RACSB was evaluated by CARF surveyors and met the international standards for quality. This is the highest level of accreditation awarded.

This is the eighth consecutive three-year accreditations for the organization.

“RACSB seeks this accreditation voluntarily as part of efforts to provide the best possible services to the community,” says Ron Branscome, Executive Director of RACSB. “I’m proud of this accomplishment—and of the dedicated RACSB employees who help individuals with behavioral health challenges.”


 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

3rd Annual Gun Giveback Event

Saturday, December 10 citizens may voluntarily turn in their unwanted firearms from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Police Department, no questions asked. For every firearm turned in, the event's generous sponsor Ms. Doris Buffett, will donate $100 to be equally distributed between local charities. 


 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Photos with Santa at Virginia Partners Bank Friday, Dec. 9 to Benefit Rappahannock United Way

Girls and boys of all ages are invited to have their pictures taken with Santa 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, December 9 when he visits the Main Branch of Virginia Partners Bank at 410 William Street in Downtown Fredericksburg. Lindsay Morgan of Virginia Partners Bank says the event will benefit the Rappahannock United Way and a suggested donation of $5 is recommended.

There will be light refreshments served during the event, which is open to the public. Amanda Blough of Virginia Partners Bank will be the photographer, providing guests their Santa photos on a flash drive immediately after they are taken.

For more information about Virginia Partners Bank and Maryland Partners Bank visit www.vapartnersbank.com.


 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pancake & Politics on December 8

Register now for Thursday, Dec. 8 Pancake & Politics held at Fredericksburg Country Club starting at 8 a.m.


 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Expect I-95 Delays at Fredericksburg Thursday Night

Motorists should anticipate brief overnight travel delays on Interstate 95 northbound and southbound in the Fredericksburg area on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, for multiple work zones.

Several lanes will be closed between Exit 130/Route 3 in Fredericksburg and Exit 133/Route 17 in Stafford County. Lanes will be closed from Thursday evening into early Friday, Dec. 2, at the following locations and times:

Interstate 95 Southbound
· 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Double lane closure. Crews will collect pavement samples from the left and center lanes of I-95 southbound between the Route 17 overpass and the Rappahannock River bridge.

Interstate 95 Northbound
· 9 p.m. – 4:30 a.m. Single lane closure. Crews will close the right lane for ongoing construction of a new interstate overpass at Fall Hill Avenue, which is just north of Exit 130/Route 3.

Message boards will provide advance warning of these work zones and lane closures. Motorists may consider using Route 1 as an alternate route to avoid delays.


 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Business After Hours Tonight!~

Join us tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at Cardinal Health Institute at 150 Riverside Parkway.

Free Event.


 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Year-to-date Virginia home sales rise 6.4 percent to $31.97 billion

Virginia’s total home sales through the end of October was $31.97 billion, an increase of 6.4 percent from same period last year.


The Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR) reported that the statewide median sales price for October was $262,500, 5 percent higher than 12 months before. Because of high demand, the October median price was unchanged from September. Typically, median price declines each month from the summer season through the end of the year, VAR said.

“While the market is settling into the winter season, pent-up demand remains a strong contributor,” Claire Forcier-Rowe, the 2017 president of VAR, said in a statement. “Still recovering from the peak inventory constraints, buyers are moving quickly on available properties and taking advantage of low-interest rates.”

The average number of days on the market declined year-over-year by 16.7 percent, from 78 to 65.

The average 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate ticked up slightly in October to 3.47 percent. The continued access to low rates, along with loosening inventory, encouraged buyer activity and contributed to the market’s performance, VAR said.


 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SimVentions Named Best Place to Work in Virginia 5th Year in a Row

SimVentions, Inc. was named as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Virginia on the annual list created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor 100 best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce, and businesses.

SimVentions corporate headquarters is located just outside of Fredericksburg  in Stafford County, with additional offices in King George and Virginia Beach. The business develops systems engineering, software engineering, cyber security engineering, and modeling and simulation, program and acquisition management, and training solutions to armed services.

The criteria to be eligible are: 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 must be in business a minimum of one year.

“SimVentions is excited to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Virginia for the fifth year in a row,“ said Larry Root, CEO of SimVentions.  “We believe it is our servant-leadership style alongside our commitment to our core values that provides us ‘the heartbeat of success’ as we seek to serve God and Country.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Virginia. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking which will be announced on February 2, 2017, at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg.


 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Business After Hours on Dec 1

Join us for the December Business After Hours on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Cardinal Health on 150 Riverside Parkway #211. Starting at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free Event!


 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chamber Open House & Member Orientation on Wednesday

Maps. Snacks. Facts. starts at 3 p.m. at the chamber office. Open to new members and new employees of business members. 


 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fredericksburg area nonprofits join global #GivingTuesday movement

(Fred.com)

After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, local charities hope area residents will take a break from shopping to do some giving on Tuesday.

Approximately 40 nonprofit organizations based in the Fredericksburg and Richmond regions are taking part in the #GivingTuesday movement, which is in its fifth year nationally. The social media-based effort encourages residents to give to the charitable organization of their choice on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Among the local organizations participating are the disAbility Resource Center, Empowerhouse, The Fairy Godmother Project, Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, Friends of the Rappahannock, Children’s Home Society of Virginia, Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging, Fredericksburg Regional SPCA, S.E.R.V.E., Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, Open Hand of Fredericksburg and the Thurman Brisben Center.

Andie McConnell, executive director of Fairy Godmother Project, is on a committee of nonprofit leaders in the area who have worked to make #GivingTuesday more popular locally.

“It’s something that is done nationally,” McConnell said. “We thought it would be beneficial for us as a community to raise awareness.”

McConnell said #GivingTuesday donations will go to its Financial Relief Fund, which pays the bills of families with children undergoing pediatric cancer treatments.

“Any money raised … will go directly to our families, which will free up their finances to make the holidays special,” McConnell said.

Linda Hill, executive director of Open Hand of Fredericksburg, is also on the committee and said that donations people send to her organization Tuesday are critical to its goal of providing workforce training for youth. Hill said #GivingTuesday can act as an antidote to the holiday shopping chaos by helping people in the community who need it most.

“It reminds people that among all of the frenzy of Black Friday to step back and think about people who are less fortunate than us,” Hill said, “and to make a donation to an organization that can help them.”

For more information about #GivingTuesday and the organizations involved visit givingtuesday.org.


 

Monday, November 28, 2016

MAC Report to the Community: Tuesday, Nov. 29

5:30 p.m. at J.F. Fick Center, Fredericksburg

Learn about the role of the military in our region and about possible opportunities for your business to provide much-needed products and/or services to these military facilities. 
Guest Speakers Include: Keynote Speaker: MG Timothy P. Williams - Adjutant General Of Virginia
Installation Representatives: COL. Joseph Murray - Marine Corps Base Quantico;  CAPT. Mary Feinberg - Naval Support Activity So. Potomac; Mr. Pete Sun - Fort A.P. Hill; and CPT. Chandler Pearson - VA Army National Guard.


 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

A federal judge has blocked a Department of Labor rule on overtime pay that made more than 4 million private-sector workers eligible for mandatory extra pay or time off.

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas, whom President Obama appointed, imposed a nationwide injunction against the rule Tuesday at the request of 21 states, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups.

Business groups cheered the decision as another rebuke of the Obama administration’s penchant for regulation and for extending executive power.

“The Labor Department’s overtime changes are a reckless and aggressive overreach of executive power, and retailers are pleased with the judge’s decision,” said David French, the National Retail Federation’s senior vice president for government relations.

The judge said the Labor Department regulation exceeded the authority granted it by Congress, which he said gave Labor the right to define which workers are considered salaried but only based on the duties they performed, not by how much they made.

The Labor Department regulation, which business groups claimed would cost them $12 billion a year over the next decade, raised the salary threshold for receiving mandatory overtime from $23,660 to $47,476 a year, or from $455 to $913 a week. (Washington Times)


 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Governor McAuliffe Announces Third Consecutive Month of Virginia Labor Force Increase

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 4,900 jobs in October, up 67,300 jobs from October of 2015.  Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, Virginia has created 182,100 net new jobs.

The October nonfarm payroll employment increase is the fifth consecutive monthly increase, setting a new record high for total nonfarm employment in Virginia and resulting in an average monthly job gain of 8,940 over the past five months, compared to a year-to-date average monthly job gain of 4,660.

Virginia’s over-the-year employment growth was 1.7 percent in October and has been positive for the 31 consecutive months. Nationally, total nonfarm employment also grew 1.7 percent in October compared to a year ago.  

“Virginia’s continued employment and labor force increases are clear indicators that the work we are doing to build a new Virginia economy is increasing confidence both for employers and job seekers,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “It is vitally important to continue our efforts to enhance our workforce development system and make targeted investments in key sectors to create more jobs for the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up 0.2 percentage point in October to 4.2 percent and is the same rate as last October. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues below the national rate, which was down 0.1 percentage point in October to 4.9 percent. When Governor McAuliffe took office in January 2014, Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.4.

Virginia has the second lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states. Virginia’s 4.0 percent unemployment rate is the 5th lowest east of the Mississippi River, along with Maryland. Virginia has the second lowest employment rate of any major state, behind Massachusetts. Virginia is tied with Maryland for the 16th lowest unemployment rate in the nation.


 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Virginia ranks No. 6 in Forbes magazine's 'Best States for Business' list (RT-D)

By JOHN REID BLACKWELL Richmond Times-Dispatch

After slipping for several years, Virginia moved up a notch this year in Forbes’ annual “Best States for Business” ranking.

The annual list, published by the business magazine last week, places Virginia at No. 6 for 2016, up from No. 7 last year.

Virginia had been ranked No. 4 in 2014, and the state was ranked among the top two every year from 2006 through 2013.

“Virginia ranked as the Best State for Business as recently as 2013, but higher business costs and a declining economic climate have pushed it lower,” Forbes said on its website.

Utah was named the Best State for Business for the third year in a row, with Forbes touting the state’s “very pro-business climate” and “energy costs that are 19 percent below the national average.”

North Carolina (No. 2), Nebraska (No. 3), Texas (No. 4) and Colorado (No. 5) rounded out the top five.

Among Virginia’s other neighboring states, Tennessee ranked No. 17, Maryland No. 30, Kentucky No. 37 and West Virginia No. 50.

“Moving up one spot is moving in the right direction, but we think it is a long-term journey to get back to the top, and we want to be the best state for business,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “We need to all work together to do that.”

The Forbes list judges state in six categories: business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects, and quality of life.

Virginia ranked in the top 10 in three categories: labor supply (No. 2), regulatory environment (No. 3) and quality of life (No. 8).

The state placed No. 14 in growth prospects, No. 29 in business costs and No. 33 in the economic climate.

“Clearly, the downsizing in (federal government) defense spending impacted our economic prospects,” DuVal said.

“We at the state chamber believe now is the time to push the reset button as it relates to economic development in Virginia,” he said.

DuVal said the chamber would support reforms within the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, as proposed by a recent General Assembly audit report. He said the metrics for success in economic development need to put more emphasis on the growth of existing business in the state.

“We know that the majority of Virginia’s growth is going to come from existing businesses expanding,” he said.

In July, the business-focused news channel CNBC ranked Virginia No. 13 on its annual list of America’s Top States for Business. Virginia was 12th in 2015, down from No. 8 in 2014, No. 5 in 2013 and No. 3 in 2012.

CNBC said the state was “superior for workforce and business friendliness,” but that “high costs and weak infrastructure” hurt it in comparison to higher-ranked states.


 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kincheloe named Germanna Community College Education Foundation Philanthropist of the Year

Connie Kincheloe, a longtime member of the Germanna Community College Educational Foundation (GCCEF) and former chairwoman of the State Board of Community Colleges, was honored as the GCCEF’s 2017 Philanthropist of the Year. The award was presented Friday, November 18 at the Culpeper Center & Suites.

Kincheloe has also played an important role in developing new partnerships within Germanna's service area through her work as a member of the Culpeper Regional Hospital Board of Trustees, University of Virginia Medical Center Operating Board and Virginia Hospital Association Board.

“It’s really humbling to be honored for something that means so much to me,” Kincheloe told the crowd at the award presentation. “I have a passion for Germanna. And I have a passion for the Virginia Community College System.  And I have passion for the mission of community colleges.

“When I see the students we serve, I see my family,” she said. “My father grew up in an orphanage. How much our Great Expectations program for foster youth would’ve meant to him as he left to make his place in the world.  My mother never finished high school. That haunted her for the rest of her life. What could she have done with the second chance opportunity our Middle College program offers people?

“Community colleges save people’s lives and that’s no exaggeration,” Kincheloe said. “I’ve seen it, heard it and read it in countless student stories over the past 20 years.”

Germanna President David A. Sam lauded Kincheloe for “having the passion, intelligence, heart and willingness” to exercise her influence, use her energy and to put all that she has on the line for other people.

“On behalf of thousands of students who have attended Germanna and tens of thousands more who have attended a community college in Virginia, thank you,” Sam said.

Staunch Germanna supporter and GCCEF Board member Joe Daniel said: “You will never find anybody who will dedicate as much time and energy to a project as Connie will. She cares about people. She cares about students across the Commonwealth. She cares whether people are able to achieve their life goals.”


 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fredericksburg-area vacancy rates decline

 

From Virginia Business

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports that the overall industrial vacancy rate in the Fredericksburg area declined 4.5 percentage points to 8.1 percent in the third quarter.

The commercial real estate firm said the area’s overall office vacancy rate meanwhile declined one-tenth of a percentage point to 13.8 percent during the third quarter.

The report notes that the region’s unemployment rate in August was 4.2 percent and 1,353 jobs were added in the area since August 2015.

Industrial net absorption stood at 170,000 square feet in the third quarter compared with 53,000 square feet in the same quarter last year.

Office net absorption was 29,000 square feet in this year’s third quarter, down from 33,000 square feet in the same quarter last year.

“The majority of the Class A industrial space has been absorbed and as the market continues to tighten, previously stagnant Class B and C vacant units are beginning to see a rise in activity,” the report said. “Smaller flex units are experiencing increased activity as well, which is allowing landlords to sign stronger tenants for longer term leases.”

The report noted that while third quarter office absorption was down compared with the same quarter last year, year-to-date absorption was up 122 percent, to 77,250 square feet.


 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg Again Ranked One of Largest Radiology Practices in US - See

For the third straight year, Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF) has been recognized by Radiology Business Journal as one of the nation’s 100 largest privately owned radiology practices. The journal announced its 2016 “Radiology 100” ranking in the October/November issue.

RAF ranked 90th based on the number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) radiologists on staff – 30. The number of other FTE employees, 50, was also factored in, since four other practices on the list had the same number of FTE radiologists, according to the magazine’s selection criteria.

CEO Ed Swager noted that the group’s size enables it to provide referring physicians and patients with 24/7 local radiology coverage and the expertise of all major radiology subspecialties.

Dr. David L. Glasser, president of RAF and a board-certified, fellowship-trained diagnostic radiologist, explained, “A local radiologist is available for consultation, regardless of the time or day, whenever a referring physician has a question about a patient’s imaging study. Our radiologists also include specialists in body imaging, breast imaging, cardiac imaging, interventional radiology, musculoskeletal imaging, neuroradiology,nuclear medicine, and other fields. That means we can provide services locally that are often found only at major medical centers.”

RAF is the largest provider of medical imaging services in the Fredericksburg, VA, region, including Spotsylvania and Stafford counties. The group’s 29 radiologists and two vascular surgeons serve patients at two hospitals (Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital), four imaging facilities (Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg, the Imaging Center for Women, Medical Imaging at Lee’s Hill, and Medical Imaging of North Stafford), and RAF’s interventional radiology practice, Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates. 

The practice’s radiologists also interpret imaging studies for Stafford Hospital Imaging in Woodbridge and Virginia Women’s Center in Richmond. For more information about the group, visit rafimaging.com.


 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Business After Hours Tonight - Hope House "Trees of Hope"

Join us at the Pavillion at Belmont for the spectular display of themed Christmas trees that will be available for purchase. Proceeds going to Hope House in Fredericksburg.

Starting at 5:30 to 7:30. Free admission. Drinks & Food.


 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Downtown retail building sold

The retail building of the former Tim's Mart located at 1010 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg, was sold to Lifecycle Construction. They purchased the 26,036-square-foot retail property from Timothy S. Park for $950,000 as an investment.

Jamie A. Scully, CCIM of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the buyer.


 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

LIDL Purchases Third Store Site in Stafford

Lidl, a European Grocery retailer has purchased a 6.34-acre parcel in Stafford County and plans to build a grocery store on the site located on Warrenton Road/Route 17 near the Stafford Lakes Walmart Superstore.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite negotiated the sale for $2.6 million. This will be the third confirmed store site purchased by Lidl in the greater Fredericksburg Region and the second of which Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite has been involved with. 

The first site, which Lidl purchased in October of last year, is located on Plank Road in Spotsylvania County. Lidl has completed construction of the store plans to open in 2017.

Another site is located in Spotsylvania County's Southpoint II across Southpoint Parkway from Lowe’s and Walmart and adjacent to 7–Eleven., was purchased by Lidl In 2015.

Lidl is constructing a one-million-square-foot  distribution facility in Spotsylvania. The facility is estimated to cost approximately $125 million and will provide 200 local jobs. Since entering the U.S. Market Lidl has completed negotiations for upwards of 20 store sites in Virginia. They have focused largely on securing sites in Northern Virginia, the Fredericksburg Region, Richmond, and Newport News/Hampton Roads areas to begin their U.S. entry. 

Brian Cunningham represented the seller in this transaction. Jonathan Gardner introduced Lidl to the site and assisted in brokering and negotiating the transaction.


 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Military Affairs Council Presents Annual Report to the Community

The Military Affairs Council (MAC) of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a year-end Military Report to the Community on November 29 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the J. F. Fick Conference Center located on 1301 Sam Perry Blvd. in Fredericksburg.

Major General Timothy P. Williams, Adjutant General of Virginia will be the keynote speaker, along with four local Base Commanders: CAPT Mary Feinberg, Naval Base Dahlgren; Mr. Pete Sun, Fort A.P. Hill; COL Joseph Murray, Marine Corps Quantico; and CPT Chandler Pearson, Virginia Army National Guard (Fredericksburg unit).

Traditionally held in November, this annual dinner provides participants with brief overviews of the MAC’s recent accomplishments and those of our local military installations. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the role of the military in our region and about how to get involved with the Military Affairs Council.

This event is open to anyone that is interested in and supportive of our local military and the installations located in our region.  Online registration is available using this direct link or you may go to the Chamber website: fredericksburgchamber.org. Tickets/Admission:  MAC Members - $35; Chamber Members - $45; General Public - $55. 

For additional information, please contact Diane Zumatto, Executive Director, Military Affairs Council at dzumatto@fredericksburgchamber.org or 540-373-9508.


 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ribbon Cutting for Walmart Supercenter in Southpoint II on Friday, Nov. 11

The newly remodeled Walmart Supercenter in Southpoint II will hold its grand reopening on Friday.

Changes to the store at 10001 Southpoint Pkwy in Massaponax were made in the fresh produce, bakery, baby, home and electronics departments. The pharmacy has been remodeled as well, and the store now offers curbside pickup of online grocery orders.

The celebration will include a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. followed by family activities and free food samples from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, Nov 9

Ribbon Cutting held for Beecroft Orthodontics
11113 Leavells Road 22407

4 p.m.


 

Monday, November 7, 2016

VOTING DAY IS TUESDAY!

Don't forget to cast your vote in this historic presidential election.


 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Today for Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Starting at 4 p.m. located in Central Park next to Walmart


 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Two Ribbon Cuttings- Wednesday & Thursday

Ribbon Cuttings today for Beltone Audiology & Hearing Aid Center starting at 2 p.m. located at Eagle Village on Jeff Davis Highway.

Thursday- Sky Zone Trampoline Park starting at 4 p.m. located at 1410 Central Park, next to Walmart.


 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Who's Building the Region?

Come and hear about the progress of three major projects going on in the City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, and Stafford County.
Wednesday, October 5, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Germanna Community College- Sealy Auditorium


 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Register Now for Chamber Roundtable on Tuesday

Still, time to register! Chamber Roundtable-Fredericksburg at Hyatt Place Fredericksburg, at 8 a.m.

Register Here


 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Business Reference Guide- By UMW Center for Economic Development

View Here


 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Today for Bickford Senior Living

Thursday, September 29 at 4 p.m. Located at 5000 Spotsylvania Parkway


 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Business After Hours Tonight! Starting at 5:30 p.m.

Hosted by Fredericksburg Academy.


 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Health Care Update & Trends Free Seminar Thursday

Seminar presented by McAvinney Employee Benefit Services starting at 8 a.m. with breakfast and speakers discussing trends and updates in health care delivery; and strategies to minimize the impact of new DOL Overtime rules.

Held at Fredericksburg Country Club.


 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Free Seminar & Breakfast on Tuesday

Presented by McAvinney Employee Benefit Services.
Starting at 8 a.m. at Fredericksburg Country Club.
Update and Trends in Health Care Delivery and Strategies to Minimize Impact of New DOL Overtime Rules


 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ribbon Cutting for Barley Woods- The Villas of Fredericksburg on Thursday

Ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m. at 5223 Plank Road,Fredericksburg


 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Business After Hours Tonight! Starting at 5:30 p.m.

Come and enjoy great food, drinks, and networking at Scott Insurance, located at 2115 Lafayette Blvd. (across from Paul's Bakery).


 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Chamber Chatter Starts on Friday, August 26

Come by the chamber office at 8 a.m.and have coffee with our Chamber President & CEO Susan Spears and talk about our chamber.

Chamber Chatter is a reoccurring event on Fridays through September 23.


 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Today for Care Advantage

Join the Chamber as we wish success to our members at Care Advantage today at 4 p.m.

Located at 10653 Spotsylvania Avenue, Fredericksburg


 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Applications accepted for 2016 Made in FredVa contest

Applications are being accepted for the fourth-annual Made in FredVA business startup competition.

 

People will have until September 23 to submit their business concepts online at madeinfredva.com. There is no cost to apply. Startups or new divisions of existing companies both qualify.

 

The Next Generation of Business Leaders’ (NextGen) board of directors will select four finalists to “pitch” their business ideas during a live finale event on October 27 at the Inn at the Olde Silk Mill. At the finale, the finalists will pitch their ideas in front of the audience, and local entrepreneur judges will ask questions following the presentation. The judges will then deliberate privately and return to present the grand prize.

 

The winner of the Made in FredVA event will receive at least $5,000 toward startup expenses. The final prize amount will be announced later and is expected to grow. There is a “People’s Choice” cash award that is voted on during the event. The judges will be local entrepreneurs who will make the final selection at the Made in FredVA event.


 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Wine & Design is on Tuesday!

Join CNEW for an evening of instructional canvas painting (you take home) and wine


 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Heat Advisory Thursday for Fredericksburg region

The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will combine to create heat index values, the "feels like" temperature, hitting 105 degrees Thursday, according to the weather service. Temperatures will reach highs in the mid-90s.

There is a risk of heat-related illness for those without air-conditioning or those who remain outdoors for an extended period, the weather service warned in its Advisory, issued Thursday at about 10:30 a.m.


 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Business Leadership Roundtable is Thursday 8 a.m.

Guest speaker is Ken Tyler, UMW Athlethics Director

Hyatt Fredericksburg, in Eagle Village


 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Collect for Kids Back to School Supply Drive

Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) has teamed up with several local organizations for the annual Collect for Kids Back to School Supply Drive. Donations are being accepted through August 22, 2016, to ensure every Stafford student begins the school year with the supplies they need to be successful.

See Locations for dropoffs 


 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday, Tax-Free Weekend

Save on qualifying items during Virginia’s three-day sales tax holiday August 5 - 7, 2016.

Virginia’s sales tax holiday offers shoppers the opportunity to buy qualifying school supplies, clothing and footwear, hurricane preparedness items, and certain energy-efficient products without paying state and local sales tax.


 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, August 3

Chalk n More
1627 Carl D. Silver Parkway
11 a.m.


 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tuesday, July 26- Meet the President of UMW

Join us 8 a.m. at Coutryard Marriott, Caroline Street, Fredericksburg.

Guest speaker, Dr. Troy Paino, newly elected President of UMW


 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Transportation Report Special Event Today

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding a community event to discuss regional transportation.

The Transportation Report will be held at 3:30 p.m. on July 20 at LifeCare Medical Transport. After the report, Charlie Kilpatrick, commissioner of VDOT, will give an update on the Atlantic Gateway project that was recently award $165 million from a federal FASTLANE grant.