Happy Anniversary!

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The inaugural issue of Prince William Living launched January 1, 2011. We were a small, excited group of residents  who wanted to celebrate the positive things in our community. To affect and inspire our neighbors to improve the quality of life here in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

Eight years later, we have not only achieved our goals but put them into a mission statement:

Prince William Living is a lifestyle magazine, whose mission is to build a better community by promoting quality of life issues: including solid economic development, strong education, and workforce development, supporting the arts community and encouraging volunteerism through our local not-for-profits.

Here at PWL, our staff, contributors, and advertisers stand behind our mission, not just with words, but with action. We actively volunteer at not for profits, participate in the arts, support education and work force development, focus on local economics and buy local.

We have created awards to showcase leaders in our community: Influential Women; support superlative teens: Extraordinary Teens; and thank local nonprofits for their work: Giving Back. We even launched a nonprofit, Give Back Prince William (givebackprincewilliam.com), to help give visibility to local nonprofits and raise scholarship money for Extraordinary Teens.

We take special pride in our focus on Health & Wellness, including our Domestic Violence forum, Mental health challenges, Heart Disease, and Breast Cancer. Thank you to all our staff, past, and present, volunteers, advertisers, and readers. We hope to continue to educate and inspire you to be the best that you can be in this place we are proud to call home.

Rebecca Barnes,
Publisher, Prince William Living Magazine


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