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Guide To Living overview of Fredericksburg business community


Date published: 9/11/2010

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Higher education also supports the economy. Germanna Community College has campuses in Spotsylvania, Culpeper, Orange and Stafford counties. The University of Mary Washington has its main campus in Fredericksburg and has a graduate campus in Stafford and one on the way in Dahlgren.

UMW has been building the Eagle Village mixed-use shopping, office and student-housing center across from campus in Fredericksburg. That's among a number of newer retail centers in the region--including Cosner's Corner, Harrison Crossing, Spotsylvania Courthouse Village and The Village at Towne Centre.

Tourism is also a draw in the region. People visit to see the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and learn about the rich Civil War history in the area. Downtown Fredericksburg and Stafford capitalize on their Colonial past, which includes being the boyhood home of George Washington.

Numerous golf courses are available. The Virginia State Fair is in Caroline. The Rappahannock River is a draw for outdoor lovers.

The planned Kalahari resort in Fredericksburg's Celebrate Virginia South could boost the area's tourism dollars significantly. Kalahari's plans include a huge resort hotel, water park and conference center. Additional retail and entertainment companies could follow Kalahari to Celebrate Virginia, where a Wegmans grocery store recently opened beside three newer hotels.

The area's central location along Interstate 95 also has led to companies including CVS and McKesson either opening or planning to open local distribution centers.

Down U.S. 17 in Stafford from Geico, which is the region's largest private employer, McLane Mid-Atlantic has a large presence for its trucking operation.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405
Email: bfreehling@freelancestar.com


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LARGE EMPLOYERS

As of the end of 2009, here are the 50 largest employers in the Bay Consortium Workforce Investment Area, which includes all of the Fredericksburg region and Northern Neck as well as the Middle Peninsula and Virginia Eastern Shore.

1. Stafford County Schools

2. Geico, Government Employees Insurance

3. Spotsylvania County School Board

4. U.S. Department of Defense

5. Mary Washington Hospital

6. U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

7. Walmart

8. Perdue Products

9. Food Lion

10. Tyson Farms

11. County of Stafford

12. Accomack County School Board

13. University of Mary Washington

14. County of Spotsylvania

15. Postal Service

16. Caroline County School Board

17. Shore Memorial Hospital

18. CVS

19. Giant Food

20. King George County Public School Board

21. Lowe's Home Centers Inc.

22. Americare Plus

23. Fredericksburg City Public Schools

24. Riverside Regional Medical Center

25. Target Corp.

26. Stafford Hospital Center

27. City of Fredericksburg

28. McLane Mid-Atlantic

29. VDOT

30. TRW Inc.

31. McDonald's

32. Smurfit Stone Container

33. Medicorp Health System

34. YMCA

35. Wegmans

36. Northampton County Schools

37. Snowden Services Inc.

38. Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Mental Health Center

39. Rappahannock Area Community Services Board

40. King William County Schools

41. Rappahannock Goodwill

42. Kings Choice

43. Haynesville Correctional Institute

44. Rappahannock General Hospital

45. Westmoreland County School Board

46. Fredericksburg Auto Auction

47. Essex County School Board

48. EG&G Inc.

49. The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co. Inc.

50. Wawa

--Source: Virginia Employment Commission