Several Prince William County businesses were recognized at the virtual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Business Awards,held annually to honor the best of local businesses and recognize outstanding contributions to the community.
Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chair Ann B. Wheeler surprised local businesses MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, ZESTRON, and Abel Industrieswith the Prince William County 2021 Business Partnership Award for working with the county’s Emergency Operations Center to provide much-needed hand sanitizer during the emergence of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020.
The county’s ELEVATE program, a collaborative initiative between Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and City of Manassas Park, was recognized as the Innovative Partnership of the Year by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. Geared toward connecting job seekers and employers, the program was recognized for developing a partnership that allowed three jurisdictions to better identify and reach local populations who needed career advancement training and access to the talent pipeline now and in the future.
Watch the acceptance video for the Innovative Partnership of the Year, featuring City of Manassas Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger, City of Manassas Park Mayor Jeanette Rishell, and Chair Wheeler.
In addition, Prince William County Economic Development sponsored the award category Tech Company of the Year, which was awarded to Iron Mountain Data Centers. Since opening their first data center within the county in 2017, Iron Mountain has quickly become an engaged corporate citizen, working with schools and assisting the business community.
“In the face of an unparalleled year, we congratulate and celebrate the ingenuity, leadership, and persistence of our Prince William County business owners,” said Christina Winn, executive director of Prince William County Department of Economic Development. “These awards offer an opportunity to reflect and recognize not only how much we have accomplished over the last year, but also how grateful we are to keep serving this community.