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    Bill Freehling  
    Director, Economic Development and Tourism
    Amy Peregoy
    Economic Development Specialist

     

    Bill Freehling ImageBill Freehling was named Fredericksburg's Director of Economic Development and Tourism in late 2016. He previously served for two and a half years as Fredericksburg's Assistant Director for Economic Development, focusing on business recruitment and expansion. Bill came to the City following a 10-year stint as a reporter with The Free Lance-Star newspaper in Fredericksburg. For the last seven years of that decade he covered local business, giving him a firm understanding of the opportunities in place for the City of Fredericksburg and a large network of area business contacts. Bill got his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University and his master’s degree in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in downtown Fredericksburg with his wife and two children.  

     

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     Amy Peregoy

    Amy Peregoy is the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Fredericksburg’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism.  Ms. Peregoy is focused on business retention and expansion efforts, assisting prospects, supports the Economic Development Authority (EDA) to include administering the grant program, she also developed and coordinates the Economic Development website.  She joined the department May 2011 after 19 years with Silver Companies Commercial Division.  She is the Assistant Secretary to the EDA.  She is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Fredericksburg 2012 and is a member of the Leadership Fredericksburg Alumni.  Amy attended the Business and Accounting Curriculum at Germanna Community College.

     

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    Julie Perry
    Manager, Visitor Center
    Victoria Matthews
    Tourism Sales Manager

    JPerry PhotoJulie Perry joined the team at the Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism early in 2006 after being the Director of Sales at the Riverside Dinner Theater in Stafford, VA.  She has a strong sales background with a history of successful campaigns and is passionate about the power and presence of the front-line team as marketers to the region’s residents and visitors.  She is a past president of the Fredericksburg Regional Hospitality Council and has been a featured guest speaker at the VA1 Conference with the VA Association of Museums and twice for Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Local/Regional Visitor Center Seminar.  Julie A. Perry is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of James Madison University with a degree in Music Industry and a professional singer, voice teacher and adjudicator.  She is proud to serve as the City Staff Liaison for the Fredericksburg Arts Commission and regularly puts her Music background to good use as a singer with the Fredericksburg Chamber Chorale.   

     

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    Victoria MatthewsVictoria Matthews is the Tourism Sales Manager for the City of Fredericksburg’s Economic Development and Tourism.  Her mission is to increase travel-related taxable sales through the attraction of meeting planners interested in bringing meetings, conventions or reunions to the region as part of the regional tourism program. Duties include preparing requests for proposal, conducting site inspections, arranging housing blocks, provided marketing materials for the meetings, and coordinating any requests from planners including Dine Arounds, tours and transportation. Victoria joined the City of Fredericksburg in September 2006 as a part time employee and was promoted to Tourism Sales Manager in February 2017. Previous to city employment, Victoria was a meeting planner in Northern Virginia for a national trade association. She has been in the meeting planning industry since 1998. Victoria is a graduate of Lynchburg College and the University of Vienna, Vienna Austria with a B.A. in International Relations and German.

       

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    Danelle A. Rose
    Administrative Assistant  
    Danelle Rose ImageDanelle A. Rose joined the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in December, 2013, as Administrative Assistant following a 14-year career as a General Manager in the restaurant industry and a strong background in customer service. Danelle’s main responsibilities with the department include: managing the day-to-day operations of the department office, prepares and processes accounts payable, maintains budgets and records, and implements the department’s social media. Danelle has a B.A. Degree in Psychology and Information Systems from Mount Union University in Alliance, Ohio.

     

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