The University of Mary Washington has initiated an inclusive effort to create a Regional Economic Development Plan for Planning District 16, which includes the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. The development and implementation of this plan will be a continual work in progress, with direction provided by a diverse group of community and business leaders.
The following resources are intended to provide background data for task group members working in six strategic areas of focus: infrastructure development, business development, tourism, workforce development, regional collaboration, and organizational development.
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Comprehensive and Strategic Plans
Regional Reports and Studies
Identifies industry and research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus and offers a framework for aligning key industry sectors within the state.
Evaluates current status and future needs of our Regional transportation system, including anticipated improvements and transportation projects for all modes of travel over the next 20 – 30 years.
Identifies project alternatives to reduce congestion on Route 3 between Gordon Road and I-95 including the I-95/Route 3 interchange, facilitate movement between I-95 and the key commercial areas in Fredericksburg, and facilitate weekday peak period commuter flows between I-95 and the residential communities in Spotsylvania County.
Examines I-95 access conditions in Jackson Gateway area of Spotsylvania County and identifies potential for modifications to mitigate existing and future deficiencies in access.
Identifies demographic, economic, business, and development trends affecting the Fredericksburg Region.
Describes organizational goals that are based on the FRA mission and reflective of the desires of both the public and private sector to proactively promote regional economic development, facilitate job creation, and attract capital investment.
Analyzes the magnitude of economic impacts that flow from the operating outlays of MediCorp Health System to the benefit of the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline, King George and Westmoreland as well as the expanded impacts of this spending as it circulates through the local economies.
Identifies industry recruitment targets that are a good fit for the Greater Fredericksburg Region, both in terms of their connection to the existing regional industry base and in terms of their compatibility with the region’s existing workforce.
Analyzes the manner in which the greater Fredericksburg area compares demographically, socially, and economically to Metropolitan Statistical Areas throughout the U.S.
Provides an assessment of the strengths of the Fredericksburg region regarding its labor force and their attitudes and opinions about their commuting experience and interest in finding employment in closer proximity to where they live in order to reduce daily commuting requirements and improve their quality of life.
Provides an assessment of the current and potential role of the George Washington Regional Commission in supporting its member governments and the Commonwealth of Virginia in the enhancement of the City of Fredericksburg, and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford.
Provides analytical tools and strategies to support local governments’ involvement in and response to Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan-Phase 2 program.
Profiles how the George Washington Region is growing – including demographic, land use, and development trends – and what kinds of changes regional planning efforts need to consider in guiding the Region’s growth.
Identifies community needs in the Rappahannock region and provides a baseline for tracking community trends over time.
Provides technical analysis and modeling to determine future potential ridership demand and the capital and operating expenses necessary to meet the demand.
Documents existing and future missions at the fort, as well as current and planned land use and development-related proposals and policies in each of the surrounding jurisdictions near the base boundaries.
Identifies tourism marketing objectives, strategies, and tactics for the City of Fredericksburg.
Compares demographic characteristics of the city’s visitors to the state’s visitors.
Summarizes research conducted to measure advertising campaign effectiveness and provide input into the development of positioning and messaging for future campaigns.
Assesses the current condition of and needed improvements for downtown facades in the City of Fredericksburg.
Identifies development recommendations for multiple commercial corridors based on a combination of market analysis, economic feasibility, community input, and area design themes.
Evaluates the region’s telecommunications infrastructure and its effects on business development.
Evaluates the current retail marketplace and demographic profile, including key data, trade area statistics, and specific recommendations for increasing and enhancing retail growth opportunities in Stafford County.