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    Joy Crump & Beth Black
    Owners, Foode
    "Joy and I were running a home-based business in Atlanta when we decided to open a brick-and-mortar store at the height of the recession. It was a risky move for a start-up, and obviously, each decision we made had to be calculated and meticulously planned. After a year and a half of research that had us looking at locations across the United States, we decided the only place that made sense for us was the Fredericksburg Region - more specifically, the 22401 zip code. It has a resilient and supportive community, a prominent hospital, a top notch university and is a tourist destination. Our business now employees more than 30 people, and with the city and EDA's support, has been featured in several national publications."  

     Fairfield Technologies 
    Susan Fried
    Fairfield Technologies, Inc.
    “The expansion of Fairfield Technologies Inc. to Fredericksburg exemplifies the importance of planning and communication in economic development. We looked at communities throughout the nation and, frankly, none have done so well as Fredericksburg. Fredericksburg has done an outstanding job of communicating its interest in developing public and private partnerships with businesses. You can’t underestimate the important role that your city and regional economic development officials play. We’re a relatively small firm, but they made us feel welcome.”

    Rebecca Rubin

    Rebecca R. Rubin

    President & CEO

    Marstel-Day, LLC

    "Marstel-Day initially located in Fredericksburg ten years ago because of Fredericksburg's open space, parks, preserved lands, scenic river, and access to rail. Over that ten year period, we were aided in our growth by the HUBZone program. The city's recent designation as a HUBZone in its entirety has been a significant factor in allowing that growth to continue and, as well, providing adequate housing to our staff within qualifying HUBZone census tracts."





    The Thalwitzs

    Jerome & Christine Thalwitz, Owners, The Bavarian Chef Fredericksburg

    "When we saw the historic train station in Old Town Fredericksburg in 2010, we fell in love with it! Opening a second location in an economic downturn was a risky proposition; but in doing our due diligence, we quickly found that downtown Fredericksburg was an attractive place to do business. The downtown tourism zone tax incentives and EDA JumpStart! grants were an important part of our decision to proceed with the project. The Department of Economic Development and Tourism staff was very welcoming and helpful and has continued to be a valuable resource."




    Carl Lawson

     Carl Lawson, President,

    CBAIA Company

    “CBAIA was extremely pleased by the knowledge and professionalism of the Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development in guiding us through the process of establishing our headquarters here in Fredericksburg and having our new location approved under the “Technology Zone” by the City government. The city was with us every step of the way and afterwards maintained contact to ensure our relocation was a success”.



    Matthew Simmons

     Matthew Simmons, President,

    Capital Ale House

    “The Capital Ale House is grateful to the City of Fredericksburg and it’s Economic Development Authority for bringing us to the Historic Downtown Area. Our Fredericksburg restaurant opened on time in large part because of the exceptional local contractor we chose and the City’s ability to quickly move along permitting and inspection process. The Mayor, City Manager, EDA and other departments have also partnered with us in creating our Oktoberfest Celebration which has become the largest in our company and attracts more than 10,000 attendees each year. We’re proud to be a part of the vibrant and growing Historic Downtown Fredericksburg area.”



    Jason Cohen

     Jason Cohen, President

    ILM Corporation


    "After 26 years, it was a big decision to relocate our business and ultimately we chose downtown Fredericksburg.  After meeting with the Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism team, it became apparent that in addition to a great central location with a vibrant downtown corridor, the city had a strong mix of incentive programs that we could take advantage of.  These included inclusion to the HUBZone designation, the Economic Development Authority JumpStart! grant program, Tax Credits for Rehabilitation of an older property, and the Technology Zone tax credits.  More than handing me a packet of information and a pat on the back, the Economic Development team was instrumental in helping me navigate the City processes of buying then renovating a dilapidated property into a modern and functional office building."




    Henry Fonvielle

    Henry Fonvielle,


    The Rappaport Companies




    “The Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism is one of the strongest in the Commonwealth.  Their support has enabled us to attract new businesses to Fredericksburg thanks to their creative, pro-business, pragmatic approach.  Fredericksburg is a vibrant and successful business community in great part due to the efforts of EDT’s incredible staff.”











    Jeff Rountree


    Jeff W. Rountree,

    Chief Executive Officer

    University of Mary Washington Foundation



    "Since 2007, the University of Mary Washington Foundation has invested over $100 million in various private real estate projects within the City of Fredericksburg. I can honestly say that the leaders of the City, both professional staff and public officials alike, have been with us step-by-step as we went through the process.  They understand the private sector and when it comes to economic development, they “get it”."   















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