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Viewpoints column by local government administrators about shared governmental services (Regionalism).

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Date published: 8/19/2012


Stafford County and the city of Fredericksburg participate together to provide a regional landfill for those two localities. In addition, Spotsylvania County provides all water treatment for itself and Fredericksburg through a regional service arrangement, eliminating the need for a separate water treatment plant in the city. Another example of our regional efforts is the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, which offers eight branches throughout our region (including Westmoreland County) and is a success story. The ability of our library to purchase in volume and move materials between branches improves service to the community.


Without question, transportation is a regional service challenge, and many regional efforts are under way to meet transportation challenges today and in the future. The Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO) is a key organization charged with planning for transportation improvements to meet future demand. The organization's strategy is to bring public and private interests together to better understand their roles in the economic and community development areas and to more effectively and efficiently deal with issues as partners rather than autonomous groups.

The George Washington Regional Commission works closely with FAMPO and provides a forum for elected officials and staff to meet regularly on regional issues.

The Virginia Railway Express is an important partnership of the federal, state, and regional authorities and local governments that provide commuter rail service to the nation's capital.

The FREDericksburg Regional Transit system is another partnership of federal, state, and local governments, providing 21 bus routes and more than 549,000 passenger trips during fiscal year 2012.

Orville and Wilbur Wright might have enjoyed taking off from the Stafford Regional Airport, a joint venture of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford and Prince William.

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Anthony Romanello is county administrator of Stafford County, Beverly Cameron is city manager of Fredericksburg, and Douglas Barnes is county administrator of Spotsylvania County.