Businesses Examine Economic Trends, Opportunities
Prince William, VA- The Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Commercial Real Estate Showcase (CRES) last week at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.The showcase provided an exclusive update on economic trends in the Prince William region. Part trade show, part virtual tour, the event highlighted economic development in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park with up-to-date aerial and land photography of the region and industry insights. This year attendees received exclusive information on new and current projects in the pipeline and on companies planning to relocate to the region. The event was sponsored by the Prince William County Department of Economic Development.
Says Steve Daves, President, R.W. Murray Co. and co-presenter for this year’s Commercial Real Estate Showcase, “This year we changed the format, moving away from specs on individual properties, and focused on the bigger picture. We got to share the real story of what’s going on in terms of development in Prince William. The good news is, we had a lot to share. Commercial projects have picked up significantly in the last year and that’s important for businesses to hear.” The other presenters for this year’s event were Brent Heavner, Prince William County and Roger Snyder, RWS Aerial Photography. Liz Via-Gossman, City of Manassas and Vanessa Watson, City of Manassas Park also provided hyper-local info on their jurisdictions.
Commercial realtors, developers and other professionals attended from across Northern Virginia. Each attendee received a CRES guidebook with specifications on over 200 commercial properties in Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. They also received online access to an electronic version of the book and additional aerial photos provided by RWS Aerial Photography, several of which show “then and now” comparisons of recently developed projects.
The new format also allowed for the three local jurisdictions to share their most exciting projects. Liz Via-Gossman, Community Development Manager for the City of Manassas, brought to light developments taking place at the Manassas Airport where 24-hour U.S. Customs service is available. According to Via-Gossman, the City of Manassas is also looking for a broker for the Manassas Landing property adjacent to the airport and Route 28.
The event’s Platinum Sponsors were City of Manassas, First Potomac Realty Trust, Potomac Shores, a SunCal Community and I-95 Business Parks Management. Gold Sponsors were Apple Federal Credit Union, R. E. Daffan, Inc.and EMSI Engineering, Inc.
Silver Sponsors include Access National Bank; Dewberry; Finley Asphalt and Sealing, Inc.; Norman Realty, Inc.; The Peterson Companies LC; Weber Rector Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. and R.W. Murray Co. Virginia Business Magazine, Washington Business Journal, and The Prince William Times were the Media Sponsors.