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County’s Business Appreciation event May 15 – Save the date

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County businesses will be celebrated this spring at an appr-eciation night sponsored by the Board of Supervisors and the county Economic Development Authority (EDA). The event will take place on Wednesday, May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hopyard Farm subdivision clubhouse.

Invitations to the annual county event will be in the mail later this month to all businesses in the county.
Nicole Thompson, county Economic Development director, reported that Governor Bob McDonnell has again picked June dates for the state’s ‘Business Appreciation Week’ which he had switched last year from the traditional week in May. Supervisors had agreed last year to stick with the traditional timeframe in which to hold the county’s annual ‘Business Appreciation’ event and will continue with that practice this year.

LOCATION:  HOPYARD CLUBHOUSE
Business owners should save the May 15 date and plan to attend. The King George event will be held in a new location this year.

It will be held at the clubhouse in Hopyard Farm subdivision. The site can be accessed from Port Conway Road, often referred to as the ‘Dogue road’ (Route 607). From Port Conway, enter the subdivision by way of Hopyard Drive, take the third right turn onto Champe Way and the clubhouse will come into view on Coakley Drive.

All local businesses on the county’s tax rolls will be invited. Invitations will go out later this year, prior to the event. The event’s traditional format starts out with an informal meet-and-greet time with ‘heavy’ hors d’oeuvres, beverages, including wine from a local winery, along with coffee and desserts available on buffet tables.

Attendees can expect to hear brief welcome remarks from Board of Supervisors Chairman Dale Sisson and EDA Chairman Glen Moore.  The other members of the Board of Supervisors are John LoBuglio, Ruby Brabo, Cedell Brooks and Joe Grzeika. The other members of the EDA are Tony Zilic, Rick Ballenger, Monika Philbrick, Ike Hughes, Jean Fraysse and Dreda Newman.

THEME:  ADVANCING WORKFORCE EXCELLENCE
The state’s theme for business appreciation this year is, “Advancing Workforce Excellence.”
That theme is amplified for King George on its new website for eco-nomic development.

NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE
County Director of Economic Development Nicole Thompson launched a new website for the county department earlier this year. The new website can be accessed online from the county’s existing website or directly at www.yeskinggeorge.com/.

The website is designed to catch the attention primarily of site consultants hired to locate sites for businesses looking to relocate or open a new branch for their firms. It highlights the county’s location in the mid-Atlantic and its 60-minute reach to/from both Washington and Richmond.

It also touts the county’s industrial park with its rail access along with its diverse and accomplished work force, affordable land, and natural beauty.

The website’s pages are being packed with information about the county, including maps, demographic info, local government and other resources.

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