Virginia County Looking to Attract Defense Contractors
Hank Silverberg | WTOP.com
December 02, 2009
QUANTICO, Va. – Prince William County is looking to attract more defense-related businesses to the areas around nearby military bases.
“We’re starting to see quite a lot of interest in and around Quantico Marine Corps Base and in the northern part of Route 1, close to Fort Belvoir,” says Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart.
The county is setting up a task force specifically targeting the defense-oriented industry. The task force will work with George Mason University which has been expanding its campus on Route 234.
“We are taking a wholesale look at the entire economic development efforts of the county to see what we can do to more aggressively go after business,” Stewart says.
Prince William is competing with Fairfax and Stafford counties for the businesses.
Stewart says Prince William has an advantage over Fairfax County because it has more vacant land that can be developed.
He says the hope is to bring in thousands of jobs closer to where people live.