The Fredericksburg region includes four counties (Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford) and the City of Fredericksburg, and is ideally located for accessibility to major cities and markets along the East Coast and the global marketplace. With a population of 338,000, the area has been designated Virginia’s fastest-growing for five consecutive years.
Greater Fredericksburg is home to the nationally ranked University of Mary Washington and two esteemed community colleges, supplying the region’s target industries of distribution and logistics, advanced manufacturing, and cybersecurity and technology with a highly skilled and educated talent pool. The Fredericksburg region offers a range of metropolitan, suburban, and rural options, providing an abundance of choices in careers, recreation and culture, and residential settings.
Situated halfway between Washington, D.C., and Virginia’s state capital in Richmond on the I-95 corridor, more than 60% of the nation’s population lives within 750 miles of the Greater Fredericksburg region.
- Over 47 miles of I-95, the East Coast’s main north-south corridor, runs directly through the region, carrying 120,000 vehicles per day and providing connections to 12 other interstate highways.
- Freight rail service is provided by CSX Transportation, offering a wide range of reliable and efficient shipping options.
- The Virginia Railway Express provides daily commuter service to metropolitan Washington from three stops in the region.
- Fredericksburg is within a short drive of the Richmond Marine Terminal, the Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal, and The Port of Virginia in Hampton Roads.
- Washington Dulles International, Washington Reagan National, and Richmond International Airports are within one hour of the region, and are served by 60 commercial airlines providing 815 flights per day.
- The Stafford Regional Airport offers foreign trade zone capability, and serves as a reliever airport to Washington Dulles International and Washington Reagan National Airports.
The abundance of natural beauty in and near the Fredericksburg region belies its convenient proximity to major metropolitan areas. A diverse landscape allows corporate partners and residents the option to choose from suburban areas, waterfront property on the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, rural farmland, or the vibrant City of Fredericksburg – all at affordable prices. Housing costs in the region are significantly less than in the Washington, D.C., area, and property taxes are also comparatively low.
Greater Fredericksburg is home to 180,000 workers, and a highly skilled and expanding workforce of more than 1,000,000 resides within a 40-mile commute. The region encompasses several institutions of higher education and career and technical centers that support a robust talent pool with 21st-century skills. The University of Mary Washington, ranked one of the nation’s most selective colleges, recently opened the Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, and the area boasts one of the highest concentrations of doctorates.
Lake Anna State Park, Spotsylvania County
Greater Fredericksburg's location between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the Chesapeake Bay to the east guarantees an extensive selection of recreational and cultural activities. The region is home to Lake Anna, one of Virginia’s largest lakes and a renowned state park, and is a short drive from the Atlantic Ocean.
Greater Fredericksburg lays claim to a rich and distinguished heritage, boasting convenient access to Colonial-era, Revolutionary, and Civil War attractions. Local dramatic performances and concerts draw rave reviews and large audiences. Fredericksburg also offers a wide assortment of specialty, craft, and antique shops, as well as dining and entertainment options in a restored, 18th-century setting.
Liam McClennon Former CEO, Greencore USA
Greencore is absolutely delighted to be making this investment in its facility in Stafford County. Virginia offers an excellent environment for us to invest in further growth in our Fredericksburg plant. In addition to the skills and capabilities of our current workforce, Virginia offers us a great pool of talent to support our recruitment plans, as well as the availability of high quality local products and ingredients, which we can use in our finished products. Furthermore, the County offers business friendly policies and an excellent transport and logistics network, which is critical to the success of Greencore.”