- 1400 sq. mi. area
- 60% of nation’s population within 750 miles
- 3 International airports
- 2 seaports within 2 hours
- Passenger and freight rail service
Businesses that locate within the 1,400-square-mile Fredericksburg Region have a strategic location from which to serve markets all up and down the East Coast — in fact, more than 60% of the nation’s population lives within 750 miles of here. Situated halfway between Washington, DC, and Richmond, VA, the Region also offers easy access to the global marketplace, and has proven profitable for a wide range of both national and international businesses. (For a list of major employers in the Region, click here.)
Interstate 95, the East Coast’s main north-south corridor, runs right through the Region, providing connections to twelve other interstate highways. Three major international airports and two large seaports are within a 2-hour drive. And regular freight and passenger railway service is also readily available. (For a map of transportation and shipping routes, click here.)
Virginia has become known as the “Silicon Dominion,” due to the tremendous and ongoing growth of the State’s high-technology industry. Northern Virginia, which includes portions of the Fredericksburg Region, is fast becoming one of the nation’s centers for the information technology industry, with more than 1,600 technology firms operating facilities in the area. The Fredericksburg Region also sits in the middle of Virginia’s most recent high-tech explosion. Three new announced integrated circuit manufacturing facilities are to be located within a 50-mile radius of the Region: Dominion Semiconductor (IBM/Toshiba’s new joint venture) in Northern Virginia, and Motorola West Creek (MOS 19) and White Oak Semiconductor (the Motorola/Siemens joint venture), both around Richmond. Together these three represent more than half of Virginia’s $12 billion high-tech investment, and will employ more than 10,000 people.