Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What is the function of the Stafford Economic Development Office?
A. The department acts as business advocates to attract, expand and retain new and exisitng businesses to build our local economy, and strengthen the tax base.

Q.  How do I start a business or obtain a business license in Stafford?
A.  Please contact our office at (540) 658-8681 to request a "New Business Start-up Guide" or to speak with a member of the Economic Development team.  Detailed information can is found on the Doing Business in Stafford section of the website.

Q.  Can Economic Development assist my business in finding a commercial site or building?
A.  YES! Economic Development provides confidential commercial site searches.  Please contact Rick Cobert to begin your search (540) 658-8681.

Q.  What industries are being targeted for Stafford?
A.  Stafford utilizes a regional cluster strategy to actively attract and expand divers businesses.  As the home of Marine Corps Base Quantico, Stafford focuses on federal government contractors, research, technology, and high-tech manufacturing sectors to provide job opportunities for our highly educated workforce.  

Q.  What resources are available to existing businesses? 
A.  Stafford County offers a number of programs to provide assistance to established Stafford businesses who wish to increase their workforce and expand services within the County.  For more information, visit the Business Retention and Expansion portion of our website.

Q.  What is the Stafford Regional Airport?
A.  Stafford Regional Airport is a general aviation reliever airport located at Centreport Parkway (Exit 136 off Interstate 95), in close proximity to the nation's capital.  Amenities include:  5,000 x 100 ft. instrument runway, parallel taxiways, terminal building, Jet-A and Av-Gas fuel storage facilities and tender trucks, paved aircraft parking aprons, tie-downs, Tee Hangars, and ground lease opportunities for corporate and business aircraft hangar development.  There is no personal property aircraft tax in Stafford, Virginia.  Go to for more information.

Q.  What road and highway projects are planned in Stafford County?
A.  A number of significant road projects are planned in Stafford:

    - A new interchange at Interstate 95 - Exit 140

     - Road widening of U.S. Rt. 17

     - Express Lanes (Hot Lanes) Open to Exit 143 and Express Lane Extension to Exit 140 approved

Additional information about projects, both funded and future plans, can be found on the VDOT website under the Fredericksburg Regional District. 

Q.  Does Economic Development orchestrate or publicize ribbon cuttings for new businesses? 
 Yes. We do orchestrate ribbon cuttings to welcome new businesses.  Please contact us.  See our link to our monthly newsletter in the News and Publications section of this website. 

Q.  Can you provide a list of Stafford County businesses?
 No. As a government agency, Stafford County Economic Development does not maintain nor provide a comprehensive list of Stafford businesses for public use.  Interested parties may wish to contact the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce for business contact information. 

If you have additional questions, please contact the Stafford Economic Development Office Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm, at (540) 658-8681 or visit us in person at 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA from 8:00am to 4:30pm.