Did you know Economic Development means complimentary consultative services for Prince William County businesses?
The purpose of our Economic Development programs is to promote, retain, and accelerate the profitable growth of all County businesses, including expedited services for target industry sectors:
Information Communication Technology
Federal Government Contracting Corporate and Federal Facilities
Logistics & Supply Chain, Destination and Tourism Venues
Opportunity zones and redevelopment areas
These sectors are part of the County’s strategic plan to increase the identified growth markets, provide jobs for the county workforce, and provide space for companies to build headquarters, branch offices, or single entity locations.
Use your county resources today—take a look at this listing of our offerings and let us know how we can help you plan your business.
Need resources or have questions and can’t find it on our website? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Michele Weatherly at MWeatherly@pwcgov.org or 703-792-5500.
You really don’t have to search any farther to get all the factual information you need to make smart and strategic decisions about your business operations. Our in-house staff works daily to update our information on the economy, market conditions, and how the County stacks up to other areas.
You have available at your fingertips:
Community Profile – Key Data about the County
Demographic data on the County workforce
Business information on major employers to help you create strategies for competing and succeeding in the marketplace
Mapping Tools – remarkable and free instrument; explore the county for current company locations or for new opportunities in land development
Comparisons – you’ve made the right choice to locate here, just take a look to confirm the informed decision you made to make Prince William your home
Workforce – your own information tool to find the skilled workforce you need
One of Economic Development’s leading responsibilities is to help our businesses gain brand exposure. Our marketing staff will help announce your business successes, help expand and improve your brand presence in the region.
We’re available to participate in ribbon-cutting; send us the details, we’ll get it on our calendar, (hyperlinks) promote it and celebrate your milestone.
We schedule our social media and press releases daily and weekly, so we’re always in real-time for your press to hit the masses. Don’t be hesitate to toot your own horn and talk about your company. It’s free publicity and it works!
We also post company press releases about our County businesses on our website; send your press releases to our Marketing Director, Trevor Johnson.
In our digital age, it’s easy to stay in and interact online without leaving your business or home. Prince William Economic Development encourages the business community to meet your peers in person and online! At Economic Development, we encourage our businesses to use all forms of networking opportunities and increase your knowledge of new and emerging industries and trends in the marketplace. To that end, we partner with many groups, participate as expert spokespersons across the region, and produce our own information to keep our businesses abreast of new information that is useful to help build and grow your customer base.
Economic Development is a member of the Prince William Chamber and Northern VA Chamber, and we encourage businesses to check out both associations for engagement opportunities. The organizations serve different markets and it is worth joining both if your business reaches outside of Prince William. Other organizations in which we participate and encourage you to explore: Northern VA Technology Council, Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, Potomac Officers Club, CompTIA, Consumer Technology Association, Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, NOVA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Association of Women in International Trade and the Associated General Contractors Association.
Economic Development serves county businesses daily, and when you’re ready to grow or move to a new location; consider consulting us first. We can help you find the real estate brokers, available properties, or help with all types of relocation decisions. We have helped hundreds of companies expand here; purchase land and build their own space, or lease something new and exciting for growing companies. When you consider why PWC – consider what you have here – a highly educated workforce, a dependable and friendly county government to help you through the moving/expansion process, and a location along a very strategic highway known as 95 and 66. The beauty of being beyond the mixing bowl of DC traffic, but not beyond the reach of commerce, partnering businesses, or beautiful open spaces for wonderful family life.
Prince William Economic Development Opportunity Fund – created by the Board of Supervisors to help retain and attract targeted industry businesses. Economic Development recommends the use of funds to the BOS and there is a process to obtain funds, including a performance agreement between the County and your business. Funds can be used for infrastructure improvements, site prep, workforce services, and/or capital equipment purchases.
The New Jobs Program and The Small Business New Jobs Program
Agricultural and Forest Industries Development Fund (AFID)
Commonwealth Opportunity Fund (COF)
Major Eligible Employer Grant Program (MEE)
Virginia Economic Development Incentive Grant (VEDIG)
Virginia Investment Performance Grant (VIP)
Virginia Enterprise zone-Job Creation Grant
Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP)
Virginia Enterprise zone- Real Property Investment Grant
Other Development Opportunity Funds:
Foreign Trade Zone
Commonwealth of Virginia Financing Programs:
Direct loans for fixed-asset purchases including land
Economic Development works alongside the Planning and Development Departments to help expedite any businesses’ needs.
The Planning Department has three divisions: Long Range Planning, Current Planning, and Zoning Administration. The office is responsible for the development and implementation of the County’s Comprehensive Plan, which involves reviewing development applications, supporting land use tools and policies, and acting as staff to the boards, committees, and commissions.
The Department of Development Services (DDS) is the lead development agency for Prince William County. DDS works closely with many affiliated agencies. DDS provides expedited permitting for many of our industries and supports business projects with the assignment of a County Project Manager to oversee the development process. Visit Building Development for new commercial construction and information on the structural opening of a business in an existing building. Development Services has a convenient tool to conduct remote business using the e-portal: https://egeportal.pwcgov.org/CAPSite/Public/Main
DDS can help your company with land development, safety issues and zoning questions. Reach out to this department for any of your questions on business remodeling, building, or other construction questions.