Once Micron opens its $3 billion expansion in 10 years — the largest economic development project in Virginia history — the tech giant will increase its water demand by 1.3 million gallons per day.
“I am excited the City’s Economic Development Authority was able to help support our efforts to grow small businesses in the community,” said Patrick Small, economic development director for Manassas.
“Having an SBDC office located at CenterFuse in Historic Downtown Manassas will allow existing small businesses and aspiring business owners direct access to counseling and support services close to their homes and offices,” Small said.
While huge, Amazon’s total investment lags behind that of Micron. In September, the chip maker announced it would invest $3 billion at its city’s plant, where it will employ 1,100 new scientists who will make chips for autonomous cars. The investment remains the largest in the state’s history.
CenterFuse, a co-work space and small business incubator located in Historic Downtown Manassas, took home top honors in the Outstanding Business of the Year category at the July 2018 Virginia Main Street (VMS) Conference in Harrisonburg, VA. CenterFuse is a cooperative/collaborative workspace that offers professional services and support to start-up businesses and emerging ventures.
According to a recent report from the Virginia Employment Commission, Manassas-based companies in the professional and technical services offer the 4th highest wages in the state.
Tourism is an essential part of our local economy. Few localities have experienced such seminal events as Manassas did during the Civil War. The Manassas National Battlefield Park, Liberia Plantation and Manassas Museum continue to serve as key attractions.
Increasingly, visitors are also drawn to the charm of Historic Downtown, its specialty shopping and dining, and crowd-pleasing events.