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  1. Sunday, March 3, 2013

    Moody’s calls roads plan “a credit positive”

     The state’s transportation funding plan certainly has its critics, but one credit rating agency is looking favorable upon the package.

    Moody’s Investors Service called the plan “a credit positive,” though it does not alter the state’s rating of Aaa with a negative outlook.

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  2. Saturday, March 2, 2013

    Building a bypass


    Outer Beltway, North-South Corridor, Tri-County Parkway, Bi-County Parkway, Corridor of Statewide Significance. It’s been called many things in the 30 years since Virginia’s leaders first recognized the need for a bypass linking Interstate 95 in eastern Prince William to U.S. 50 near Dulles Airport in Sterling. Today, it’s inching closer to reality.

  3. Sunday, February 24, 2013

    It’s hard to survive


    “The minimum wage is not enough,” said Dilgas Gebremichael, who said he has worked for two area Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants for about eight years. “We have too many bills and it’s hard to survive.”

    It’s no surprise, then, that Gebremichael and his colleagues at the Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins on Minnieville Road in Woodbridge support President Obama’s proposal, first mentioned in the State of Union address earlier this month, to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour by 2015 and tie future increases to the rate of inflation.

    Rob Clapper, chief executive officer of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, said he’s concerned that a new increase would come at a time when area businesses, which have not yet fully recovered from the recession, are worried about possible federal budget cuts tied to the looming sequestration.


  4. Friday, February 22, 2013

    Pr. William position on county funds and sequestration differs from others’

    As Prince William County residents and officials brace for looming federal budget cuts set to take effect March 1, the county’s position on whether local dollars should replace federal ones for government programs stands in contrast to other regional jurisdictions.

    The Prince William Board of County Supervisors has a “clear policy,” said county spokesman Jason Grant, of not replacing dollars for federal and state programs. That’s why the county has not set aside any funds for the potential cuts known as “sequestration,” he said.

    Most of the county’s 282 federal contractors are small firms, said Rob Clapper, president and CEO of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. Those firms have especially begun to feel the effect of the looming cuts as agencies began to delay spending in recent months.

  5. Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Virginia’s governor says he’s prepared to cut a deal on transportation

     McDonnell (R) signaled Monday that he too was willing to deal, even as he visited Northern Virginia to make a sales pitch for his transportation funding plan to the most populous — and arguably one of the most gridlocked — areas of the commonwealth.

    “We are on the brink of having significant success,” McDonnell said, referring to his transportation initiative. “The time for politics is over. It’s time to get this done.”

  6. Friday, February 1, 2013

    Col. Gadson Delivers Keynote at Salute to the Armed Services

    Veterans who have served in this nation’s all-volunteer military are owed more than just a handshake a thank you – they deserve a chance to continue serving country and community.  That was the message delivered by Col. Gregory D. Gadson, the commander of Ft. Belvoir Army Base during his keynote address at the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Salute to the Armed Services, an event that recognizes the men and women who protect our nation.  

  7. Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Del. Anderson: 2013 Legislative Session Will Be a 'Fast Ride'

    From Del. Anderson: The first week of the 2013 legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly is now history.
    Catching my breath in my Capitol Square office on Monday morning after a busy first week in Richmond, followed by town hall meeting that I hosted with Sen. George Barker (R-39th) for Prince William County constituents, it’s apparent that we are in for a fast ride in the Virginia State Capitol over the next five weeks.  

  8. Friday, January 11, 2013

    Chairman gives "State of the County" Address

     Chairman Stewart delivered his annual State of the County address, which included facts such as Prince William County is now among the most successful economic development engines in the country.  We have a low unemployment rate of 4.5% and the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Prince William County #1 in Virginia and #3 in the Nation for job growth.

  9. Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    McDonnell Plan Cuts Gas Tax, Raises Sales Tax

     With the General Assembly set to convene, Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed Tuesday increasing Virginia’s sales tax and abolishing its nearly 27-year-old gas tax, making Virginia the first state in the country to do so.

  10. Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    Prince William Ice Center to Host Junior Speedskating Championships


    Prince William Ice Center to Host Junior Speedskating Championships

  11. Thursday, January 3, 2013

    PWC's New Wet Lab Space Targets Emerging Life Science Companies

     Prince William County lawmakers plan to lure blossoming life sciences companies to the area, with 9,000 feet of new wet lab space in Innovation Technology Park in Manassas.  Prince William County Science Accelerator, launched in late 2012, is a facility designed to be built out based on the needs of the companies that use it.

  12. Friday, December 7, 2012

    Job numbers up: U.S. economy adds 146,000 jobs in November

     The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.  The Labor Department's report on Friday offered a mixed picture for the economy.

  13. Saturday, November 17, 2012

    McDonnell wants info from U.S. on health exchange

    Gov. Bob McDonnell has more time to decide what kind of health benefits exchange he prefers in Virginia, but he wants more information from the federal government before he acts.  The government has extended Friday’s deadline for Virginia and other states to decide whether to establish their own exchanges to help individuals and small businesses buy health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  14. Friday, November 16, 2012

    City Officials: Route 28 Project is 20 Years in the Making

     The City of Manassas and Virginia Department of Transportation officials cut a ceremonial ribbon on the completion of the Route 28 Grade Separation Project, Thursday morning.  All four lanes of traffic over the new Route 28 overpass opened in mid-October. 

  15. Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Manassas News & Messenger and, top Prince William news sources, closing down

    Buffett’s company announced today it is shutting down the News & Messenger after 143 years, as well as its highly informative Web site, It is the only paper in the Media General chain being shuttered by World Media Enterprises, a division of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

  16. Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Sen. John McCain to Hold Veterans Town Hall in Woodbridge

     The campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Wednesday morning that Sen. John McCain will be hosting a Veterans Town Hall in Woodbridge Friday.

  17. Monday, September 24, 2012

    City captures state award for youth project

    The City of Manassas captured the “State Neighborhood Youth Effort of the Year” for its national pilot “1 By Youth” project that took place on April 24 in the Georgetown South neighborhood.

  18. Monday, August 13, 2012

    Prince William County News in Brief

  19. Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    Prince William County Businesses Go Green

  20. Monday, July 30, 2012

    Prince William eyes innovative waste-to-energy plant for landfill

  21. Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Potomac Nationals Stadium Coming to Stonebridge

    Officials announced Tuesday morning that a new Potomac Nationals stadium would be built at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge on Opitz Boulevard across from the hospital. 

  22. Thursday, July 12, 2012

    In Prince William, businesses make do during storms, even thriving

  23. Monday, July 9, 2012

    Special Report’s Live From Prince William County, Virginia

  24. Thursday, June 21, 2012

    County Presents Goals For Strategic Plan

  25. Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    The Future of the Commonwealth Will Be Safe in the Hands of the Class of 2012

     After attending 4 Prince William area high school graduations in 24 hours, Del. Rich Anderson had the following to say, "First, that we have a world-class education system in PWC, and second, that the future of our community and Commonwealth will be safe in the hands of the outstanding graduates in the Class of 2012."  

  26. Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    No Bedroom Burg

  27. Friday, May 18, 2012

    New Training, Education Needed to Fill Open Jobs

  28. Thursday, April 26, 2012

    Prince William Chamber Praises BPOL Tax Relief

  29. Monday, April 23, 2012

    Governor Bob McDonnell on Fourth Consecutive Monthly Decrease in Virginia Unemployment Rate

     The unemployment rate for the month of March was 5.6%. That is the lowest unemployment rate in Virginia in over 3 years, and a decline from 5.7% in February. Virginia has the lowest unemployment rate in the Southeast, and the third-lowest unemployment rate east of the Mississippi River. The national unemployment rate for March was 8.2%.

    "Virginia is growing strong again. Today we received word that the state unemployment rate has now declined for the fourth straight month. At 5.6% our unemployment rate is far below the national unemployment rate of 8.2%. We have the lowest unemployment rate in the Southeastern United States. And we have fallen far below the 7.3% unemployment rate we inherited when taking office in January 2010. All of this means: more Virginians are working today. That is a good thing. It is a bipartisan accomplishment," said Governor Bob McDonnell.  

  30. Monday, April 23, 2012

    Va saw stronger job gains in 2011 than first estimated

       Virginia saw stronger job growth in 2011 than first estimated, with eight of the state’s industrial sectors adding jobs last year, the Virginia Employment Commission said Monday.

  31. Friday, April 20, 2012

    Prince William chamber honors local businesses

  32. Saturday, April 7, 2012

    3 Prince William officers honored for saving diver

  33. Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Virginia Named Top State in Which to Make a Living in 2012 has ranked Virginia the “Best State to Make a Living” in its annual study. Virginia jumped up from fourth place in 2011 to take the top spot in 2012 based on measurements in the four categories considered by Average Income, which has increased over the past year; Cost of Living based on ACCRA Cost of Living Index, which slightly decreased; Unemployment Rate, which has decreased in Virginia; and State Income Tax, which has not increased under the McDonnell administration. 

  34. Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    County Saves Millions by Refinancing Debt

    On Feb. 14, 2012, Prince William County executed a $51.6 million refinancing bond sale that will result in $5.17 million of savings for the County. This refunding sale was completed for the purpose of applying the currently low interest rates to secure cheaper refinancing of existing County debt. As part of this sale, the County’s triple-A rating was reaffirmed by all three major rating agencies – Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s (S&P).

  35. Monday, February 20, 2012

    Panelists Discuss 'State of Prince William'

    The “State of Prince William” is very well, ac­cording to a panel of lo­cal leaders speaking out earlier this week, during a luncheon event held by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. Before a sell-out crowd of 250 people at the Con­tinental Event Center, Manassas, four speakers presented a mostly rosy picture of the present and future status of Prince William County, Manas­sas and Manassas Park at George Mason University.  Reporting on their jurisdictions on such subjects as business, government and edu­cation were Supervisor Marty Nohe, Manassas Mayor Harry “Hal” Parrish II, Manassas Park Mayor Frank Jones, and George Mason University Provost Peter Stearns.

  36. Saturday, February 4, 2012

    Representatives Say Sequestration Likely to Happen

    Sequestration--$1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts to defense and civilian programs over the next decade — will likely happen, and it will mean thousands of layoffs, program eliminations and near-certain economic devastation for Northern Virginia, said Virginia Congressmen Jim Moran (D-8th) and Gerry Connolly (D-11th) on Saturday at a town hall meeting in Mount Vernon

  37. Saturday, February 4, 2012

    Representatives Say Sequestration Likely to Happen

    Sequestration — $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts to defense and civilian programs over the next decade — will likely happen, and it will mean thousands of layoffs, program eliminations and near-certain economic devastation for Northern Virginia, said Virginia Congressmen Jim Moran (D-8th) and Gerry Connolly (D-11th) on Saturday at a town hall meeting in Mount Vernon.

  38. Saturday, January 28, 2012

    New head of economic development agency plans to focus on results-oriented marketing

    Before his appointment late last year, Briley, 58, had been executive director of economic development in Prince William County since 1997, but he has lived and traveled throughout the world. He takes the reins of the Virginia’s economic development agency at a time when the chief focus of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration is the creation of jobs.

  39. Monday, January 23, 2012

    Government Contractors Event Focuses on County

  40. Friday, January 20, 2012

    Prince William Chamber Kicks Off Volunteer-Led Membership Event

  41. Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Prince William County seeks creation of energy park

  42. Monday, January 2, 2012

    Business Roundtable at Prince William Chamber

  43. Wednesday, December 21, 2011

    Attorney General Speaks at Prince William Chamber Breakfast

  44. Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Aerojet takes off

    Aerojet helped launch a new era of planetary exploration last month when rockets engineered at the Aerojet Gainesville facility helped propel the Mars Science Laboratory into space.

    Engineers at Aerojet in Gainesville played a crucial role in NASA’s historic voyage to Mars which took flight at 10:02 a.m. on Nov. 26 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

  45. Wednesday, December 7, 2011

    Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling: Virginia's Part-Time Decider

    Photos from the small business roundtable held at Manassas City Council Chambers and attended by several of our members.

  46. Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Manassas Airport wants to spread the word about its services

    That’s why the airport is sifting through marketing proposals to figure out a better way to get the word out. Fifteen companies responded to the airport’s recent request for marketing proposals, and Rivera and members of the airport commission will decide over the next few months which company can best represent the airport and develop a strategy to get more passengers into Manassas. The contract has a top limit of $35,000, Rivera said.

  47. Saturday, November 12, 2011

    What resilient entrepeneurs can teach us about thriving in a downturn

  48. Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    From Military Leader to Handywoman and Small Business Owner

  49. Friday, October 28, 2011

    Prince William County Tops Jobs Growth for Commonwealth

    When it comes to job growth, Virginia's Prince William County is among the best in the nation.

  50. Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Let's Be Real: Making a Difference

    Derek McGinty of WUSA 9 reports on the generosity that meant ACTS could keep their doors open.

  51. Friday, October 21, 2011

    View photos from Connections 2011

    Photos taken by Michelle Riordan, Photography by Exposure.

  52. Friday, October 21, 2011

    Prince William County, VA Awards $2.7M Contract to EnerGov for Permitting & Land Management System

  53. Friday, October 21, 2011

    Businesses, Community Unite at Chamber Tradeshow

  54. Friday, October 21, 2011

    Innovation Park Students Share STEM Education with Congress

    Students from the Governor's School at Innovation Park speak before Congress.

  55. Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Commonwealth Initiates "Super NoVa" Transit Study

    Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) will initiate a study of current and projected commuter patterns in the northern part of Virginia to plan transit and transportation demand management (TDM) enhancements needed to keep Northern Virginia moving.  The "Super NoVa" study will disregard jurisdictional boundaries in order to develop a comprehensive plan to address transit improvements necessary to move people to and from the employment centers of Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area.

  56. Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Coming Soon: Master Plan for NoVa North-South Corridor

    A major north-south highway in Northern Virginia took a step closer to reality today when the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to develop a master plan for a “corridor of statewide significance” that would cut through Prince William, Fairfax and Loudoun counties.


  57. Monday, October 10, 2011

    Businesses Applaud Curbs to BPOL Tax

  58. Monday, October 10, 2011

    Businesses Applaud Curbs to BPOL Tax

    Small-business owners have myriad views on all kinds of issues. But when it comes to Virginia’s so-called “BPOL” tax, there seems to be across-the-board disdain.

    “It’s a completely oppressive tax that needs to be removed immediately,” said Rebecca Barnes, president of Prince William Living magazine, which has a print circulation of about 10,000.

  59. Friday, October 7, 2011

    In ‘affordable’ Prince William County, household incomes on the rise

    Prince William County had reason to crow recently when 2010 Census data showed that, for the first time, its median household income topped that of white-collar enclave Montgomery County, $93,000 to $89,000. For a jurisdiction usually described, sometimes with a whiff of condescension, as “affordable,” that statistic had to be sweet. But that doesn’t mean that “affordable” no longer applies to Prince William — or that the county doesn’t proudly embrace the adjective.

  60. Thursday, October 6, 2011

    Washington putting foreclosure troubles in rearview mirror

    Realtor Robyn Burdett of Re/Max Allegiance in Northern Virginia said from 2008 to 2010 buyers were focused on foreclosures and she sold a lot of them. "Now, the market has changed dramatically and I don't get calls for them," she said. "There was a time when they made up 80 percent of the market in Prince William County. Now, in all areas of Northern Virginia, they represent less than 5 percent of the market."


  61. Saturday, September 24, 2011

    Connolly Explores Metro to Woodbridge

    Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and other elected officials are exploring the possibility of extending Metro to Woodbridge.  It would be the first stop in Prince William County.

  62. Friday, September 23, 2011

    Why PWC is One of Richest Counties in Nation

    Prince William County has been named one of the nation’s wealthiest communities by median household income. Read some key points regarding why Prince William County and Northern Virginia as a whole, is so highly rated for household incomes, such as a high rate of jobs creation and for PWC, a AAA bond rating.

  63. Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Google, Intuit Help Small Businesses Get Online

    The Chamber and Intuit were partners in the September 20 launch event, which connected hundreds of small business owners with tools for creating websites and growing their business online. 

  64. Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Researcher at GMU’s Prince William Campus Named to Popular Science “Brilliant 10”

    Dr. Alessandra Luchini, a researcher at George Mason University’s Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM), has been named among the ten top scientists under 40 by Popular Science.  The recognition follows groundbreaking work by Luchini and her colleagues in developing technology that uses protein biomarkers in blood and urine as a means of early diagnosis and personalizing treatment of disease.

  65. Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    GMU Projects Underway in Prince William

    George Mason University will break ground on two major projects to serve its growing Prince William County campus, its first on-campus housing facility and a new life sciences building. 

  66. Sunday, August 28, 2011

    Natural Disaster Help Desk for Business

    BCLC and the Office Depot Foundation are now offering a unique and valuable resource for corporate citizens and businesses affected by major disasters.  Email or call 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP for guidance on economic recovery. 

  67. Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    Yes Virginia, There is a Surplus

    Nowhere has the economic turnaround been more immediate than in Virginia. When Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell took office in January 2010, he was faced with a $2.2 billion shortfall.  In less than two years, McDonnell has delivered two budget surpluses without and last week announced a surplus of $544.8 million.

  68. Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Connaughton: State eyeing new revenue streams

    Virginia is looking to address its transportation issues as best they can through a variety of measures, according to Commonwealth Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton during a Prince William Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

  69. Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    Virginia Named Top Pro-Business State

    Another study has found Virginia to have the top pro-business environment in the Nation, making the Commonwealth an excellent location for relocating, growing or starting a business. 

  70. Sunday, August 14, 2011

    Manassas Park Named One of Best Small Towns in US

    According to CNN Money Manassas Park is one of the best places to live in the country. The city ranked 56th on CNN's annual list of Best Places to Live.

  71. Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Event Raises Funds for Leadership Scholarship

    Young Professionals of Northern Virginia, a council of the Prince Wil­liam Chamber of Com­merce, recently conduct­ed a fundraiser at the Broad Run Golf & Prac­tice Facility, Bristow.

    Chamber members, along with family and friends, participated in a Putt-Putt Scramble with the proceeds benefitting the YPNOVA Scholarship Fund.


  72. Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Get Your Transporation Fix

    Transportation challenges in the Potomac Communities are getting recognition from state officials.

    At 11:30 a.m. Aug. 17, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton will visit business leaders at Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge to talk about his plans to improve transportation infrastructure in Northern Virginia.

  73. Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Todos Supermarket Named as Finalist in State Competition

    Congratulations to Carlos Castro and the crew at Todos Supermarket on their resilience and the recognition it has earned them!

  74. Friday, August 5, 2011

    Local Economy Better Than the National Average

    Prince William County and Manassas are shown to have lower than average unemployment rates despite uncertainty in Washington. Watch as Julie Carey, NBC4 interviews Chamber Chairman Lucy Beauchamp and member company TML- A Xerox Company!

  75. Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    Chamber Hosts Tools for School Drive

    The Prince William Chamber of Commerce "Tools for School" drive is looking for help to collect school supplies for children in need.

  76. Friday, July 29, 2011

    40 Under 40 - Deadline Extended to Aug. 10

    The Washington Business Journal is pleased to announce 2011's 40 Under 40 awards program to recognize the Washington region's brightest young business leaders based on demonstrated business success...

  77. Monday, July 25, 2011

    Business owners weigh in on debt debate

     The Prince William Chamber of Commerce released results of an internal survey conducted noting that 94 percent of business owners polled say they are following the debate, but their survey showed division amongst business owners as some aren’t sure if the debt ceiling should be raised.

  78. Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Dog Park Open in Manassas Park

    Hey Manassas Park dogs, you have a new place to play.

  79. Monday, July 18, 2011

    5 Lessons Learned in 5 Years of Business

    As Advantage Physical Therapy celebrates its fifth anniversary, owner Jim Aram (and PW Chamber member) shares five "secrets" that have helped in his business success. 

  80. Sunday, July 10, 2011

    Virginia Named #1 State for Business

    For the third time in five years, Virginia has captured first-place honors in CNBC's list of "America's Best States for Business."  Virginia knocked Texas from the top spot, with North Carolina, Georgia and Colorado rounding out the top five.  Virginia, which came in No. 2 last year, ranked among the top 10 in Business Friendliness (No. 2). Education (6), Economy (8), Infrastructure & Transportation (10) and access to Capital (10).

  81. Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    Emergency Medical Service Billing Program

    Prince William County has grown tremendously over the decades and that growth has placed greater service delivery demands on our system. The new economic reality that Prince William County, our region, state and the entire nation, now find themselves operating in, has required the County to evaluate every possible option for stabilizing revenue, while considering the impact on our citizens.

  82. Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    Manassas Battlefield App to make Debut Before Key Civil War Battle’s 150th Anniversary

    A smartphone application providing a guided tour of Manassas battlefield is making its debut this month, just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s first great battle.

  83. Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Two Schools to Open in Western Prince William County

    It’s been seven years since a new high school has opened in western Prince William County. Although classes start in September, residents couldn’t wait any longer for two new schools to open in Nokesville.

  84. Friday, June 24, 2011

    Manassas Invites All to Celebrate "Peace Jubilee," July 21

    As a part of the 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the American Civil War in Prince William County & Manassas, one of the most fascinating and forgotten events relating to the conflict will be re-created. The National Jubilee of Peace, which occurred originally in 1911, will be reprised with a contemporary flair in an original theatrical production which includes 60 costumed actors delivering actual speeches given by historic figures at the Prince William County Courthouse in Manassas with current leaders addressing how he War shaped our nation today.

  85. Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    As Civil War anniversary nears, Manassas sees a historic opportunity

    Prince William supervisors and Manassas council members see the value of tourism and want to invest in their historic assets, a new leader is in charge of the visitors bureau, and a major anniversary of the war fought on Manassas soil is coming up.

    “The 150th is our moment to turn the tide in terms of our tourism product,” said Ann Marie Maher, named last year as director of the Prince William County/Manassas Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  86. Monday, June 13, 2011

    DOJ Approves Prince William Redistricting Plan

    The United States Department of Justice approved Prince William County’s Redistricting Plan. The Voting Rights Act required the County to seek “preclearance,” or approval of the map, from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).

    Learn how the redistricting might impact your business, during the Prince William Chamber's "Redistricting" lunch with former Congressman Tom Davis, Thursday, June 16, 11:30 am at the PWAR Building.  Online registration now open.

  87. Thursday, June 9, 2011

    Governor's 2011 Transportation Safety Awards Announced

    The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue was among those honored during the Governor's 2011 Transportation Safety Awards.  The Department instituted a daily safety message program broadcasting twice a day to all fire and rescue personnel through their cell phones and email. The messages re-enforce the Prince William County safety policies and best practices including the dangers of distracted and impaired driving, and importance of seat belt use.

  88. Tuesday, May 31, 2011

    Colgan to run again

    Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D-Prince William), the Virginia Senate’s longest-serving member, announced Tuesday that he will seek reelection to a 10th term in November.

  89. Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    Bridging the Generations

    Scot Small of RevBuilders covers highlights from "Bridging the Generations," a panel discussion held during a Prince William Chamber Business Growth Committee meeting.  Discover if you are GenX, Baby Boomer, GenY-- and the different work styles that each group brings to the table.

  90. Sunday, May 1, 2011

    Business Owners Laud BPOL Reform

    After reviewing the proposed Prince William County fiscal 2012 budget, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce praised county leaders for the commit­ment to promoting new job creation and Business Profes­sional Occupational License tax reforms that would stimulate business growth.

  91. Thursday, April 28, 2011

    Prince William Tax Vote Good News for Small Businesses

    Many small businesses in Prince William County will now have fewer bills to pay come July 1.

  92. Friday, April 22, 2011

    Top of the List: Chambers of Commerce

    The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is officially the largest Chamber in the D.C. Metro area according to the Washington Business Journal's 2011 Book of Lists!

  93. Friday, April 15, 2011

    Prince William County's Financial Picture Improving

    There is more good news coming out of Prince William County when it comes to the jurisdiction’s financial picture. In the county’s annual budget recap on Tuesday, budget directorMichelle Casciato notified the Prince William Board of County Supervisors of an additional $10 million in revenue made available from unexpectedly higher commercial real estate assessments and personal property assessments.

  94. Friday, April 15, 2011

    Residents, business owners plan for "New Woodbridge"

    Over 50 area residents and business owners met at the Harbor View events center Thursday to discuss those topics and more during the Smart Growth Symposium hosted by county Supervisor Frank J. Principi (D-Woodbridge). The aim of the symposium was to get people thinking, and talking, about the vision for North Woodbridge.

  95. Thursday, April 14, 2011

    McDonnell Designates Business Appreciation Week

    May 2-6 is designated as "Business Appreciation Week" in Virginia.

  96. Thursday, April 7, 2011

    2011 Valor Award Winners for City of Manassas

    Three members of the Manassas City Police department were honored at last month’s Valor Awards ceremony in Manassas. The event took place on Wednesday, March 23 and was hosted by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.

  97. Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    Slide Show: PW Chamber Past Chair Dinner

    Susan Jacobs, Assist 2 Sell Realty put together this great slide show of last night's dinner celebrating the Past Chairmen of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.  Thanks to Susan and all of our members who volunteer their time to making Prince William a better place to live, work, play and do business-- you ARE the Chamber!

  98. Monday, March 28, 2011

    How to Recognize Valor

    Now in its 25th year, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce's annual event cited a select group of our local police and public safety officers, ...

  99. Thursday, March 24, 2011

    Prince William Park Authority approves spot for dog park

    The Park Authority Board unanimously voted to approve an agreement with Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Association to lease 8.5 acres near the intersection of Minnieville Road and Colby Drive to open a dog park. The Park Authority will pay $1 a year for the land, near the intersection of Minnieville Road and Colby Drive. Park Authority Board members said that no public money will be used for the dog park.

  100. Thursday, March 24, 2011

    Prince William Chamber Valor Awards

    Through the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards, now in its 25th year, the businesses of Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park had an opportunity to say "Thank You" to the men and women serving their community.  24 public safety officials were recognized for their dedication to keeping the public safe, often putting themselves in harm's way to do so.

  101. Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Prince William Chamber of Commerce Endorses Azalea LPGA Pro-Am Invitational

    Rob Clapper, President and CEO of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia’s largest chamber, has announced the chamber’s endorsement of the Azalea LPGA Pro-Am Invitational, sponsored by Azalea Charities of Prince William.

  102. Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    Prince William County Schools Commended by Virginia Department of Education

    The Virginia Department of Education has recognized Prince William County Public Schools for exceeding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 objectives for limited English proficient students.

  103. Sunday, March 20, 2011

    Helping Out: Debbie Jones of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce

    A story on the philanthropic efforts of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.

  104. Friday, March 18, 2011

    Prince William Chamber CEO Talks Business, Community

    Prince William Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Rob Clapper joins Prince William Supervisor Marty Nohe on "Community Focus" to discuss the merger that created Northern Virginia's largest chamber, recent successes and how the Chamber is working to promote a thriving economy and vibrant community in Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. 

  105. Monday, March 14, 2011

    Chamber Promotes Government-Industry Partnership

    The Prince William Chamber of Commerce held its first Government Contracting Industry Day Thursday at the Continental Events Center in Manassas.

    “Industry Day is part of a much broader focus for the Prince William Chamber, specifically looking at government contractors and their role in creating jobs of tomorrow,” said Pete White...

  106. Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Two Organizations win Community Service Award

    Two area programs received the Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award during last month's Prince William Chamber of Commerce's Not-for-Profit Awards and Expo.

  107. Thursday, March 3, 2011

    7 Missed Social Media Lead Generation Opportunities

    Blog post by Kipp Bodnar looks at simple missteps that could be holding back your social media marketing efforts, and how to correct them. According to Bodnar, great social media marketing is about combing awesome and relevant content with voluntary opportunities for prospects to get closer to your business, whether that means becoming a follower, subscriber or a lead.

  108. Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Prince William legislators weigh in on 2011 session

    The Prince William delegation to the Virginia General Assembly gave their perspective on the outcomes of the 2011 legislative session.

    Del. L. Scott  Lingamfelter, R-31st, said he was most happy with the budget which he said kept the size of government under control and constrained spending.

    “We produced a very fiscally responsible budget that I think represents what people want,” he said. “The key is to make sure we don’t exceed revenues.”


  109. Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Study Finds Prince William County Schools Among Best in Region

    A recent study found that  Prince William County, VA has some of the most efficient schools in not only the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, but in the state of Virginia, and leads the state for a basic return on investment.  The Return on Educational Investment study was the first-ever attempt to analyze the productivity of most major school districts throughout the country.


  110. Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Prince William supervisors adopt tax rate to advertise

    The Prince William Board of County Supervisors unanimously voted to advertise a tax rate of $1.213 per $100 of assessed value. If approved in April, residential tax bills will go up, on average, 3 percent. Taxpayers will also pay an additional 7.5-cent fire levy, an average of about $197, to help fund a proposed fire station.


  111. Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    150th Commemoration of the Battle of 1st Manassas Now Available

  112. Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Pr. William Board Chairman Corey Stewart to announce reelection bid

    Prince William County Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R- At Large) plans to announce his bid for reelection Tuesday.

  113. Monday, February 28, 2011

    Details on House, Senate deal emerge

    Virginia House, Senate closer to a budget deal.  Several items from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Priorities are receiving funding, including $45.7 million to eliminate an accelerated sales tax program for most affected retailers.

  114. Saturday, February 26, 2011

    Study: Manassas Park and Calvert County have most efficient schools in D.C. area

    A new analysis of spending patterns and test scores in school systems nationwide found that Manassas Park and Calvert County have the most efficient schools in the Washington area.  In Northern Virginia, Manassas Park and Prince William County got the highest marks on the basic index.

  115. Friday, February 25, 2011

    Local Uno Chicago Grill Participates in Pizza for Patriots

    Both Uno Chicago Grill locations in Prince William County-- Gainesville and Woodbridge-- were supporters of the recent Pizza for Patriots campaign, which sent thousands of pizzas to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea on Superbowl Sunday, giving them a taste of home on game day. 

  116. Friday, February 25, 2011

    More Commuter Parking for Prince Wiliam County

    Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton announced VDOT will invest about $7.8 million for hundreds of new parking spaces in the Woodbridge area.

  117. Thursday, February 24, 2011

    Why Commuting to Work Works in Prince William

    Real estate blog highlights steps Prince William has taken to be a commuter-friendly community. 

  118. Thursday, February 17, 2011

    County Seeks to be More Business-Friendly

    Prince William County’s Development Services department has done a host of things in recent years to make it easier for commercial projects to get off the ground quicker. Those include everything from paperwork revisions to an increase in extensions for performance agreements to an improved plan submittal and review process.

  119. Sunday, February 6, 2011

    From Pastures to Bedroom Community, Rapid Growth on Linton Hall Mirrors State

    The Washington Post celebrates growth and diversity in Western Prince William. The article also addresses the concerns of many residents regarding traffic and sprawl.

  120. Monday, January 24, 2011

    U.S. 1 Widening: Back to the future

    Prince William resident Carlos Castro invested more than $3 million to bring Todos Supermarket to Marumsco Plaza because he believed in the vision to revitalize the area. The entrepreneur opened in Giant's old space in April 2011.

    "A few months ago this plaza was dead, but it has come alive," Castro said. "It took the commitment of the property owner, and I hope others will see that, mimic it and fix up their properties."

  121. Sunday, January 23, 2011

    New PW Business Magazine Announced

    The News & Messenger announces the launch of its new publication, Prince William Business Magazine, focused on local business data, trends and news. 

  122. Friday, January 14, 2011

    McDonnell Announces Transportation Agenda

    Prince William Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rob Clapper was among the business and community leaders on hand for Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's Transpotation Agenda announcement, which included incentives to reduce road usage and the building of critical new roads. 

    “The time to build new roads and bridges is now,” McDonnell said in a statement. “Interest rates and construction costs are at an all-time low; we’re taking advantage of this, and taxpayers from all regions of the commonwealth will benefit.”

  123. Tuesday, January 11, 2011

    PW Perseveres Despite Economy

    Despite facing the lingering effects of one of the longest and deepest economic recessions in the nation's history and a housing market that went from boom to bust, Prince William County prospered last year, Chairman Corey A. Stewart said during his annual State of the County address.

  124. Saturday, December 11, 2010

    Prince William Chamber Plans Silent Auction Luncheon

  125. Monday, December 6, 2010

    Prince William Chamber Moves to New Offices

  126. Friday, December 3, 2010

    Prince William County Schools Pass the Tech Test

    Want to prepare your kids for the job market of tomorrow?  Or looking for an educated workforce that can keep up with global competition?  Then Prince William County Schools are a great place to start!  The school district was selected as one of the Top Ten school in the annual Digital School Districts Survey by the e.Republic's Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association. Prince William County was ranked number two in out of large districts, those with 15,000 or more students.

  127. Friday, December 3, 2010

    PW Community Celebrates 100 Best Communities Award

    America's Promise Alliance's named Prince William County as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People.  The community held a celebration at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center. The award "recognizes and celebrates extraordinary community-wide efforts to improve the well-being of youth and end the nation's dropout crisis."  The Alliance was formed in 1997 by former Secretary of State General Colin Powell. 

  128. Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    Prince William Leaders Brace for Defense Cuts

    Prince William Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Rob Clapper is among local leaders addressing proposed cuts to the federal defense budget that could negatively impact the Northern Virginia economy.

  129. Thursday, November 11, 2010

    Chamber of Commerce Names Jones, Wieder to New Positions

  130. Thursday, October 28, 2010

    Chamber Honors Top Businesses

  131. Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    Tradeshow Features 100 Exhibitors

  132. Saturday, October 16, 2010

    Connolly and Fimian Take to the Stage in Candidates Forum

  133. Friday, October 15, 2010

    11th District Candidates at Chamber Event

    Candidates for the 11thCongressional District, Congressman Gerry Connolloy and Challenger Keith Fimian joined members of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce for a candidates forum.  The two discussed their differing views on health care, transportation and other issues that impact businesses.

  134. Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    Prince William Chamber Names Clapper CEO

  135. Friday, October 1, 2010

    Prince William Chamber Announces Headquarters-Installs Board

  136. Monday, September 13, 2010

    Tools for Schools

  137. Thursday, September 9, 2010

    Attorney General Sees State Sovereignty a Looming Issue covers Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's visit to address members of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.

  138. Thursday, August 26, 2010

    Chamber to Host Attorney General

  139. Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    Managing Executive Laurie Wieder Addresses Rotary to Talk Chamber Merger

  140. Sunday, August 22, 2010

    Governor to Join Chamber for breakfast

  141. Thursday, August 5, 2010

    Connaughton Hints at VDOT Personnel Changes

    Virginia Secretary of Transportation discusses transportation solutions and reform at VDOT and other government offices. 

  142. Wednesday, July 21, 2010

    Tim Jackson Named Chairman of Prince William Chamber

    Prince William Chamber of Commerce names its first Chairman of the Board.

  143. Sunday, July 11, 2010

    Two local chambers of commerce merge

    Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park now have one unified chamber of commerce serving their business needs.

  144. Sunday, June 20, 2010

    Two area chambers of commerce merging

  145. Friday, June 18, 2010

    Chambers vote to merge

  146. Friday, June 4, 2010

    The Time Has Come for One Prince William Chamber

    Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber Chairman Molly Grove makes a strong case for voting "yes" to the Chamber merge on June 17. 

  147. Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Chambers move toward a merger

    The Washington Post announces the Board vote to recommend a merger of the Prince William Regional and Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chambers of Commerce.

  148. Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Editorial: Vote for Unity

    News & Messenger editorial encourages members to vote for merger of the two Prince William chambers of commerce.

  149. Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Leaders of Prince William chambers recommend merger

    Virginia Business announces Board recommendation to merge Prince William Chambers.

  150. Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Chamber Boards Vote to Recommend Merger

    Gainesville Times announces Board recommendation for the Prince William Chambers to merge.

  151. Thursday, May 13, 2010

    Prince William’s chambers near to merging

    News & Messenger announces that the Prince William chambers are closer to merging.

  152. Monday, January 4, 2010

    Two chambers on course to become one

    Article in Virginia concerning the proposed merger between the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce and the Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce.

  153. Friday, October 30, 2009

    Chambers explore merger

    An article in and the News & Messenger describing the proposed merger between the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce and the Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce.

  154. Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    RIbbon Cutting Ceremonies for Three New Schools Have Been Scheduled

    Ribbon cutting/dedication ceremonies have been scheduled for three new schools that will open in western Prince William County this fall. Elected officials, school communities, School Board members, and school officials are expected to attend. The public is invited.