Developing news F D r o m e P a r t m e n t P r i n c o F e e W i l c o n o m i c l i a D m c o u e v e l o P m e n t n t y Vol. 10 Issue 2 (2007) state ForensIcs lab breaks Ground In PrInce WIllIam T he Department of Forensic Science broke ground on its new 110,000 square foot Northern Virginia Forensics Lab. The $63 million facility is being developed by Scheer Partners and will house the Northern District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Completion of the lab is expected in 2009. Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine was on hand for the ceremony and praised both departments for Secretary of Health and Human Resources Marilyn Tavenner, Secretary of Public the speed and sensitivity exercised Safety John Marshall, Virginia State Senator Charles Colgan, Governor Tim Kaine, following the shootings at Virginia Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, Chief Medical Examiner Tech, calling forensics “the Dr. Marcella Fierro, Department of Forensic Science Director Pete Marone, and Tom Sandlin, Executive Vice President/Regional Manager of Scheer Partners at the backbone of law enforcement.” groundbreaking for the Virginia Department of Forensic Science crime lab. The new facility will allow the Department of Forensic Science Prince William District Police science and criminal justice to expand its staff from 35 to 50, Station here in Innovation, the communities,” said Stewart. helping to ease a backlog of cases FBI Northern Virginia Resident Stewart also recognized Virginia requiring forensics testing, including Agency across the Rt. 234 Bypass, State Senator Charles Colgan for many cold cases. GMU’s Administration of Justice securing funding for the forensics Corey Stewart, Chairman of the academic program and now the crime lab in the State Senate. Board of County Supervisors, noted State’s Northern Virginia forensics “I would especially like to thank the growth of Prince William County crime lab, we have the personnel, Senator Colgan for supporting Prince as a leader in forensic science. resources, infrastructure, and William County and shepherding “With the FBI’s forensics education necessary to develop this and many other projects through lab located at Quantico, our own one of the nation’s leading forensic the Senate,” said Stewart. relocatIons & exPansIons aBf fReighT Leases space in counTy ABF Freight, a general commodities transporter, has leased 10,000 square feet of space off of Wellingford Road. The company plans to create 30 new jobs in the County and invest $1.5 million in this new operation. The Regus gRoup opens new office The Regus Group, an executive office suite firm headquartered in England, From Left: Chairman Corey Stewart joins Dr. Oskar Wack, President of Zestron, and announced its intent to establish Dr. Harald Wack, Executive Vice President and CEO of Zestron America, at the grand a local office in Prince William opening of the company’s new production and research and development facility. County. The new office will be located in Battlefield Overlook II and employ a staff of five, ZesTRon ameRica LocaTes new faciLiTy and u.s. with an investment of $5.4 headquaRTeRs in pRince wiLLiam counTy million. Z estron America celebrated BRown & BRown the grand opening of its U.S. LocaTes in counTy operations in May. Guests Brown & Brown Insurance enjoyed music by a live jazz band, leased space in the Assett fine German cuisine, and toured Building, located at 11220 Zestron’s new 30,000 square- Assett Loop. Brown & Brown foot production and research and intends to bring 25 new jobs development facility located at to Prince William County, and Innovation @ Prince William invest $1.9 million. Technology Park. Zestron America, offers water- Corey Stewart, Chairman of saic expands in based and solvent-based cleaning the Prince William County Board processes for all major applications of County Supervisors, officially pRince wiLLiam counTy in the electronics industry. The welcomed Zestron America. SAIC has leased an additional company’s location in Prince “Without companies like Zestron 3,000 square feet in Quantico William County is a result of the locating to Prince William, we would Center. SAIC now occupies County’s continued efforts to attract not be able to continue making great more than 25,000 square feet high-tech employers and provide strides toward becoming one of the of office space in the County at high-quality job opportunities for premier business communities in Quantico Center and Battlefield Prince William County residents. the nation.” Business Park. GeorGe mason unIVersIty neWs new nuRsing majoRs To Be added To Life science BiomaRkeR ReseaRch cuRRicuLum aT geoRge mason univeRsiTy couLd heLp deTecT W ith a growing number of local, state, and federal infecTious diseases R law enforcement agencies esearchers at GMU’s now calling Prince William County National Center home, George Mason University is for Biodefense and developing new majors and academic Infectious Diseases (NCBID) programs aimed at supporting the and its Center for Applied vital public services provided by Proteomics and Molecular local police, state investigators, and Medicine (CAPMM) are the FBI. New for the Spring 2008 Services and in collaboration with combining their expertise to semester at the GMU Prince William The George Washington University discover biomarkers that could campus is the graduate certificate School of Medicine and Health be used for early detection of program in forensic nursing. Forensic Sciences. Graduates of the program infectious diseases. nursing is a growing specialty will provide primary care for patients Funded by the U.S. recognized by the American Nurses in a variety of settings, including Department of Energy, these Association as the “application of health maintenance organizations, efforts may help save the lives nursing science to public or legal specialty clinics, public health clinics, of civilian and military forces proceedings.” Forensic nurses are hospitals, and private practices. exposed to biological weapons responsible for the collection of The major can be completed in or infectious diseases. Findings medical evidence of violent crimes a minimum of two years with full may also help determine if and may appear in court as fact time study or 2½ to 3½ years of part military personnel have been witnesses or expert witnesses. time study. Required course work successfully immunized against Those completing the certification includes 30-36 credit hours to be infectious diseases before they program will receive a certificate completed at GMU, and 12 or 13 enter areas that pose risks. as a sexual assault nurse examiner hours to be completed at The George Diagnosing these potentially (SANE). To earn this certificate, Washington University. The clinical fatal diseases before symptoms students must complete all 15 credit component for the major will range appear buys physicians valuable hours with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. from 600 to 800 hours. time to begin lifesaving Upon completion of the program, “Our goal is to place our students treatment. To make this possible, students will be eligible to take the in the local healthcare community researchers at the NCBID will certified forensic nurse examination for the clinical rotation,” said Adele use proteomics technologies offered by the American Board Young, program coordinator. and nanotechnology-based of Forensic Nursing, the nursing An open house for those interested devices invented by scientists component of the American College in these programs will be held in at the CAPMM to identify, of Forensic Examiners. September at the GMU Prince collect and analyze potential A new master of science in William campus. Applications for disease biomarkers found in the nursing major designed to prepare both programs should be made blood. Comparing pre- and post- nurse practitioners in primary care is through the College of Health symptomatic biomarkers could now being offered at George Mason and Human Services. For more result in earlier detection of University’s Prince William campus. information, visit the CHHS web site exposure to biological agents. This program is administered through at http://chhs.gmu.edu. the College of Health and Human busIness aPPrecIatIon Week enTeRpRise daTaBase coRpoRaTion and ZesTRon ameRica win TechnoLogy achievemenT awaRds E nterprise Database Corp. with more efficient and responsive and Zestron America services at a lower cost. were honored as the 2007 Enterprise Database Corporation Technology Achievement Award was established in Prince William winners during the 2007 Business County in 2001 as a home-based Appreciation Week Luncheon held business and has since expanded to on May 17, 2007. employ a staff of ten. The company Enterprise Database Corporation provides services such as systems received the award for “Innovative integration, custom application From Left: Richard and Diana Corona, Enterprise Database Corporation; Marty Application of Technology” for its and database development and Nohe, Vice-Chairman, Prince William development of the EasyDPS™ data processing services to clients County Board of County Supervisors-Coles system, which allows moving nationwide. District; Sylvain Chamousset, Zestron and storage companies relocating Zestron America was presented America; Wally Covington, Prince William County Board of County Supervisors- federal government employees the Technology Achievement Award Brentsville District; and Doug Waldron, and families worldwide to comply for “Exceptional Development of Mayor, City of Manassas. with the Defense Personal Property Technology” for its development (DPS) requirements. EasyDPS™ of FAST™ Technology, a new, Incorporated in 1997, Zestron creates an automatic bridge to the patent-pending, environmentally America recently opened its federal government’s web-based friendly cleaning agent. FAST™ new production, research and DPS system and the client’s current Technology is based on a proprietary development, and U.S. headquarters automated system and augments the mix of newly developed surfactants facility at Innovation @ Prince capabilities of DPS, saving its users which allows for quicker removal William Technology Park. The time, money, and personnel. It also of residue, resulting in superior company is the global market leader provides families being relocated cleaning at a lower cost. for precision cleaning services. county salutes Below: Sylvain Chamousset and Harald Wack of Zestron America. Zestron America was a Technology busIness Achievement Award Winner. achIeVements Above: The staff of Enterprise Database Corporation at the Technovation Forum. Enterprise Database Corporation was a Technology Achievement Award Winner. Left: There was a full house at this year’s BAW Luncheon with over 120 business and community leaders attending. busIness aPPrecIatIon Week gmu pRofessoR wins gRaingeR chaLLenge pRiZe osBouRn paRk sTudenTs D honoRed foR RoBoTics r. Abul Hussam, Associate Professor of Chemistry and pRojecT T Biochemistry at George Mason University was honored he Osbourn Park High during Business Appreciation School robotics team Week for receiving the 2007 won the All-Star Rookie Grainger Challenge Prize for Award at the Virginia FIRST high Sustainability Gold Award from the school robotics competition. National Academy of Engineering. The FIRST competition teams The $1 million award was given From Left: Craig Gerhart, County professional engineers with to Hussam for his research into Executive; Dr. Abul Hussam, Marty Nohe, students to solve engineering Vice Chairman, Prince William County problems in a competition arsenic concentrations in drinking Board of County Supervisors - Coles water in developing countries and District; Dr. Larry Czarda, Vice President, format and is designed to spark subsequent development of the GMU Regional Campuses. young peoples’ interest in SONO filter, a water treatment Bangladesh, Dr. Hussam is working math, science, and technology. system that removes arsenic. Use with his brothers to get the SONO The All-Star Rookie Award is of the filter has helped stop the filter into large-scale production given to the first-year team with spread of arsenic poisoning in 100 and distribution for use in third the best overall performance. villages in Bangladesh. A native of world countries. Robotics team members Michael Borghi, Amanda Harton, Carola Hernandez-Cappas, and Alex technoVatIon Forum Foskett, and lead teacher Mildred Modugno worked with The Technovation Forum kicked off engineers from BAE Systems Business Appreciation Week. It highlights and Lockheed Martin to create local companies’ innovations, as well their robot, which tied for third as achievements by rising technologists place in the overall competition within Prince William County Schools, among 66 teams in the U.S. and outstanding accomplishments by George Mason University. Presenters at this year’s Forum included (clockwise) Technology Achievement Award Winner Zestron America, Technology Achievement Award Winner Enterprise Database Corporation, and the Osbourn Park High School Robotics Team. From Left: Craig Gerhart, County Executive; Tim Healey, Principal; Lynn Murgia, BAE Systems; Michael Borghi, Amanda Harton, Carola Hernandez- Cappas, students; Daniel Bray, Lockheed Martin; Mildred Modugno, lead teacher; Lucy Beauchamp, Chair, PWC School Board; Dr. Steven Walts, Superintendent of Schools, and Alex Foskett, student. busIness neWs Business achievemenT five LocaL companies eaRn fanTasTic 50 awaRds F RecogniZed ive Prince William County E companies were honored mployment Enterprises, as Fantastic 50 Award Inc. was recognized winners by the Virginia Chamber as one of the top 100 of Commerce. Rankings are based privately-owned firms for on a four-year revenue history. revenue achievement by the Prince William County companies Washington Business Journal. winning this award in 2007 are: Employment Enterprises, Inc., Creating Results, LLC, a a women-owned and managed marketing, PR, and advertising From Left: Tony Graves, Log.Sec; Cathy company, was established in firm, began as a home-based Larocca, Creating Results, LLC; Carlos 1980 and is the parent company business in 1993, and now employs Castro, Todos Supermarket; Marty of Temporary Solutions, Inc. Nohe, Vice Chairman, Prince William 23 people. With headquarters in County Board of County Supervisors; Woodbridge and an office in Rhode Chuck Loving III, R.W. Murray Co.; 2nd Island, the company serves clients Row: Al Maxey and Tim Jackson, MDA Technologies; and Craig Gerhart, County nationwide. Executive. Log. Sec Corporation, founded in 2000, moved its headquarters to Innovation@ Prince William Technology Park in 2006. The company has 20 local employees and an additional 330 employees at business and financial services to its Marty Nohe, Vice Chairman, Prince various military sites. customers. William County Board of County The 2007 Fantastic 50 winners MDA Technologies located to Supervisors; Lovey Hammel, Presi- dent of Temporary Solutions, Inc.; the County in 2001. The company received special recognition at Jana Yeates, CEO of Employment provides customized software this year’s Business Appreciation Enterprises, Inc.; and Craig Gerhart, applications, databases, web Week Luncheon, as well as being County Executive. development, engineering services, honored by the Virginia Chamber government acquisition support of Commerce at the Fantastic 50 confeRence feaTuRes and project management expertise. banquet in April. R.W. Murray Co. moved Nominations are now being sTaTe pRocuRemenT its headquarters to the County in accepted for the 2008 Fantastic 50 advancemenTs 2002, and employs 38 people. The Awards. Nominated companies P company provides construction must be privately held and rince William County services, as well as interior headquartered in Virginia and have Dept. of Economic build-outs and renovations, for annual revenues totaling between Development, the VA commercial, industrial, educational $200,000 and $100 million. The Dept. of Business Assistance and and retail facilities. company must demonstrate positive George Mason University co- Todos Supermarket began in revenue growth and positive net sponsored the Advanced State 1990 in a 2,500 square foot facility income in its most recent fiscal year, Procurement Conference on June in Woodbridge. The company compared to its previous fiscal year. 14, 2007. The conference was now occupies 15,000 square feet Visit the Goodman & Co. web site held at GMU and was attended and has 92 employees. Todos at www.goodmanco.com/goodco/ by over 100 companies. offers products from Central and fant50nomin_form.asp for an online South America and offers various nomination form. busIness neWs vedp pRojecT manageRs enjoy TouR of pRince wiLLiam counTy S everal Virginia Economic Development Partnership project managers recently joined staff members from the Prince William County Department of Economic Development on a bus tour of Eastern Prince William County. Several commercial properties along I-95 and the Potomac Communities Route 1 corridor were featured on the tour, which ended with a visit to the Marine Corps Heritage Museum. Many of the VEDP personnel commented on the tremendous growth taking place in Prince William County. A similar tour featuring commercial properties Above: Project managers from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and staff from the Prince William County Department of Economic Development pause in Western Prince William County in front of the Marine Corps Heritage Museum for a group photo. The museum visit is planned for the fall. concluded a day-long bus tour highlighting the growth and redevelopment of Eastern Prince William County. executIVe dIrector’s messaGe I n this quarter, the Department During the Technovation Forum, we look forward to bringing them of Economic Development Zestron America and Enterprise back in the fall for a tour of the I- showcased our dynamic Database Corporation highlighted 66 corridor. community to our colleagues and their award-winning technologies. From the Governor, to leaders. And, after the special presentation our colleagues in VEDP, to Prince William County by the Osbourn Park robotics our local business leaders, we and Supervisor Corey Stewart team, it is clear that the future of continue to receive the message welcomed Governor Timothy technology development in Prince that Prince William County Kaine and State Senator Charles William County will continue for is an impressive and thriving Colgan in breaking ground on the years to come. community. Although the non- Northern Virginia Forensics Lab. The Department of Economic retail job market has slowed a bit This event showcased the new lab Development also highlighted the throughout the Northern Virginia and the growing forensic science dynamic progress of the Potomac region, we remain a premier cluster and life science activities Communities with a bus tour of community where businesses taking shape in Innovation. local commercial properties and look to locate and continue to The Business Appreciation redevelopment zones for our prosper. Week celebration highlighted new colleagues in the Virginia Economic technologies being developed and Development Partnership (VEDP). Martin J. Briley utilized in Prince William County. The event was well received and Executive Director PRSRT STD U.S. Postage PAID Hagerstown, MD Permit No.93 10530 Linden Lake Plaza, Suite 105 s Manassas, VA 20109 Phone: 703-792-5500 or 800-334-9876 Fax: 703-792-5502 www.pwcecondev.org Prince William Board of County Supervisors Corey A. Stewart, Chairman – At Large Martin E. Nohe – Vice Chair, Coles District Wally Covington - Brentsville District Maureen S. Caddigan, – Dumfries District John T. Stirrup, Jr. – Gainesville District John D. Jenkins – Neabsco District Michael C. May – Occoquan District Hilda M. Barg – Woodbridge District County Executive Craig S. Gerhart economIc IndIcators (2nd Quarter 2007) Population 2nd Qtr 2006 2nd Qtr 2007 %Change New Commercial Construction Permitted (sq. ft.) 371,178 381,221 2.71% 2nd Qtr 2006 2nd Qtr 2007 % Change New Jobs Announced 2nd Qtr. 2006 2nd Qtr 2007 %Change Office 335,329 565,640 68.7% Total 1,573 1,832 16.5% Industrial 7,140 297,158 4061.9% Non Retail (identified + estimated**) 1,180 962 -18.5% Retail 290,713 536,287 84.5% %Total 75.0 52.5 -30.0% Total (office, industrial, retail) 633,182 1,399,085 121.0% (Targeted) 461 212 -54.0% New Residential Construction Permitted (Total Value) %Total 29.3 11.6 -60.5% (US Dollars) 2nd Qtr 2006 2nd Qtr 2007 % Change Retail (estimated**) 393 870 121.4% Single Family 54,995,392 80,970,792 47.2% % Total 25.0 47.5 90.1% Townhouse 19,784,000 22,065,000 11.5% Labor Force May 2006 May 2007 %Change All Units 76,299,392 103,035,792 35.0% Civilian Labor Force 195,466 199,532 2.1% New Residential Construction Permitted (per Unit Value) Employed 191,089 194,909 2.0% (US Dollars) 2nd Qtr 2006 2nd Qtr 2007 % Change Unemployment Rate Change Single Family 142,475 176,407 23.8% Prince William County 2.2 2.3 0.1 Townhouse 114,358 109,776 -4.0% Virginia 2.8 2.8 0.0 All Units 120,918 143,092 18.3% US 4.4 4.3 -0.1 New Non-Residential Construction Permitted (Total Value) At-place Employment 4th Qtr 2005 4th Qtr 2006 %Change (US Dollars) 2nd Qtr 2006 2nd Qtr 2007 % Change Total All Industries 102,993 104,578 1.5% Stores/Mercantile 4,890,099 32,293,000 560.4% Construction 15,757 14,430 -8.4% Schools/Educational 3,198,500 69,793,676 2082.1% Manufacturing 2,316 2,320 0.2% Office/Professional 112,853,000 81,147,526 -28.1% Transportation & Warehousing 2,057 1,917 -6.8% Industrial/Warehouse 9,725,700 8,195,725 -15.7% Information 1,370 1,481 8.1% Amusement/Recreation 896,500 273,571 -69.5% Trade 21,750 22,299 2.5% All New Non-residential 215,502,799 210,822,662 -2.2% Retail Trade 19,532 19,248 -1.5% All Construction Value 540,902,700 396,469,008 -26.7% Wholesale Trade 2,218 2,434 9.7% F., I., & R. E. 3,592 3,528 -1.8% Assessed Landbook Values Services 34,338 35,770 4.2% (US Dollars) 2006 2007 % Change Government 21,982 22,855 4.0% Residential 49,561,664,700 47,969,910,600 -3.2% Local Government 15,589 16,332 4.8% Commercial & Industrial 6,877,572,308 6,568,408,600 -4.5% State Government 1,803 1,850 2.6% Total (Residential/Commercial) 56,439,237,008 56,291,650,100 -0.3% Federal Government 4,590 4,673 1.8% Average Assessed Housing Value Vacancy Rates 2nd Qtr 2006 2nd Qtr 2007 Change (US Dollars) 2006 2007 % Change Office 3.3 15.1 11.8 Single Family 478,259 467,857 -4.0% Flex 7.5 14.4 6.9 Townhouse 330,359 319,604 -3.3% Industrial 1.5 3.8 2.3 Condominium 257,384 260,073 1.0% Total (office, flex, industrial) 3.1 8.8 5.7 Total Residential 429,747 413,870 -3.7% Sources: PWC Office of Information Technology, Virginia Employment Commission Covered Employment Quarterly Reports, CoStar vacancy rates adjusted by DED, PWC Department of Public Works, PWC Office of Assessments **New retail and non-retail businesses are identified through occupancy permits issued. Jobs are estimated based on historical trends of number of employees per square footage for each business type identified.