Stafford Research and Technology Park
Stafford, Virginia has long recognized its advantageous proximity to the US Capital, the talented local workforce, and the critical mass of companies offering highly technical services to support the defense of the nation. Capitalizing on those assets, in October of 2010, the county joined forces with a group of regional stakeholders to begin in earnest the process of developing a research and technology park. Once established the park will provide the more than 30,000 existing local employees working in the Professional and Scientific Services Sector with specialized, high-tech training opportunities. Later phases of the project may include the provision of support services for developing new technologies, lab space, and a small business incubator.
An MOU was the first signed document solidifying the development of the research and technology park. Stafford County, the University of Mary Washington, Germanna Community College, George Mason University, and MTCSC (now ManTech) signed the MOU as stakeholders in the project.
Tech Park Tour Presentation
In January of 2011, the Stafford Board of Supervisors, Economic Development Authority, and Economic Development Staff, and representatives from UMW, George Mason, and Germanna Community College traveled to four Virginia technology parks to gain a broader perspective of how to establish a creative and viable tech park model. The parks varied in terms of the communities they served and the educational opportunities they offered. This presentation summarizes the trip findings and provides detail about how and why the Stafford tech park location was chosen.
University of Mary Washington Workforce Needs Assessment
To help define the area of education on which the park’s offerings should focus, UMW canvassed Stafford’s professional and scientific community to learn more about required skill sets and continuing education needs. This summary of that effort details the findings. As a direct result of the survey, UMW is already offering a PMP training course at the Quantico Corporate Center.
In November of 2011, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors signed a Resolution to continue its support of the Stafford research and technology park initiative. A copy of the resolution is provided at the link above.
Memorandum of Agreement
In April 2012, the Stafford Board of Supervisors, Stafford Economic Development Authority, and the Quantico Business Center, LLC signed a Memorandum of Agreement to further advance the creation of the research and tech park. The Agreement addresses financing the project, rebranding, needs assessments, and space needs at the park. A Term Sheet outlining the provision of space for tech park use at 800 Corporate Drive is also included.