Chamber of Commerce Adds a New Vision Partner Focus, Infrastructure

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Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce

The Prince William County Chamber of Commerce has focused on delivering programs that support the business community and county residents as a whole.  Strategic emphasis has been placed on several key areas that have been effective in promoting quality of life and business issues, supported by Vision Partners.  These focused initiatives center around Advocacy, Business Growth, Economic Development, Education, Healthy Communities and Quality of Life.

Prince William County has grown to be the second most populous jurisdiction in the Commonwealth and is projected to grow to more than 650,000 residents by 2040.  Several factors are contributing to this growth, including geography, strong public schools, continued expansion of the Washington metropolitan area, and the ability to attract world class businesses.

Critical to scaling growth are investments in infrastructure to ensure the region maintains a quality of life, is attractive to new and existing businesses, and provides the amenities expected in a connected economy for the mid-21st century.  Recognizing this need, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce has now adopted infrastructure as one of the four pillars to their strategic plan. With this addition, the Chamber has created a new Vision Partner category to help focus the Chamber and its members on vital needs for the future, including but not limited to utilities, broadband and transportation.

I-66 mobility partners

I-66 Express Mobility Partners, a Chamber member since 2017 and Vision Partner since 2018, will serve as the inaugural Infrastructure Vision Partner. The Infrastructure Vision Partner series will provide a forum to discuss and advocate for the short and long-term needs of the Prince William Region to enhance the position as one of the best places to live and work in the United States.

I-66 Express Mobility Partners has invested more than $3 billion to improve transportation infrastructure through the rebuilding of I-66 from Gainesville to the Capital Beltway, with Express Lanes opening in late 2022.  This investment will add capacity for future growth and provides funding for additional public transit choices with more reliable and safer travel options.

Part of I-66 Express Mobility Partners’ investment in the Commonwealth included $284 million in investments for transportation priorities in Prince William County beyond I-66, including the Balls Ford Road widening project, the Western maintenance facility for OmniRide/PRTC and the expansion of the VRE Manassas Station.  In May 2021, I-66 Express Mobility Partners broke ground for its new headquarters and operations facility on Century Park Drive in Manassas, adjacent to the new park and ride facility being constructed for access to the new Express Lanes.

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