Economic Development

Good Jobs Here

Good Jobs Here is a broad-based effort to create, measure, execute, and foster economic growth and job creation in the Fredericksburg region. Utilizing a GO Virginia grant, the George Washington Regional Commission has partnered with leading local organizations to create a shared understanding of current data, analysis, strengths and opportunities for this region.

Meeting Schedule

1. Demographic Demolition: How a changing population is blowing up how we do business
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 8:00am-11:30am
University of Mary Washington, Stafford Campus, 125 University Boulevard, Stafford, Virginia 22406

This session featured Dr. Jim Johnson with the University of North Carolina School of Business. Dr. Johnson is frequently called upon for his analysis and entertaining but poignant presentations by Fortune 500 Companies, the National Conference of State Legislators, Governing Magazine, and Chambers across the country. He discussed disruptive demographic trends and how they will impact our future workforce nationwide, but also in the region.

2. Understanding the Region: Who are we and what are our opportunities?
Thursday, October 17, 2019 8:00am-11:30am
University of Mary Washington, Stafford Campus, 125 University Boulevard, Stafford, Virginia 22406
Agenda | Strengths & Challenges

This session looked at some of the key demographics and opportunities related specifically to Planning District 16. This included a look at never before developed data on our workforce, including those who commute, and some unique opportunities we have as a region to develop and grow economically. It also included a special look at the portions of our population that are working but struggling, so we can be sure to include this population in our long terms plans for success.

3. Regions that Work: Learning from Others and Putting it All Together for Success!
Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:00am-11:30am
University of Mary Washington, Stafford Campus, 125 University Boulevard, Stafford, Virginia 22406
Register at goodjobshere.eventbrite.com

In this session, we will first take a step away from Fredericksburg and bring in other regions that have successfully joined together to foster greater economic growth that successfully harnesses what makes them unique. Then we will gather all that we have learned in all three sessions, and turn it into a common set of community-wide goals, with a special view as to how each individual and organization can best contribute to our economic success from our areas of strength and expertise.

Good Jobs Here Flyer

GO Virginia Region 6

The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in each Region, known as GO Virginia, is a statewide initiative to create more higher-paying jobs in Virginia through business-led regional collaboration. The Mary Ball Washington Regional Council governs GO Virginia Region 6, which covers the Fredericksburg area, the Northern Neck, and the Middle Peninsula (Planning Districts 16, 17, and 18). The George Washington Regional Commission is the Support Organization and Fiscal Agent for the Regional Council.

For more information, please visit the GO Virginia Region 6 website.