The Department of Forensic by gabyion


									Developing news
     r   o    m
    e P a r t m e n t
                        P    r   i   n    c
                                         o F
                                                        W      i   l
                                                       c o n o m i c
                                                                       l    i   a
                                                                                      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
        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

 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

                                            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

            ith a growing number of
            local, state, and federal
                                                                                     infecTious diseases

            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
the College of Health and Human
busIness aPPrecIatIon Week
enTeRpRise daTaBase coRpoRaTion and ZesTRon
ameRica win TechnoLogy achievemenT awaRds

       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.

                                     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

         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

RecogniZed                                      ive Prince William County

                                                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

                                         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
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

       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
       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
                                                                                                                                                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

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.

To top