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Volunteers Needed! Rollingwood Village Community Cleanup, Dec. 12

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Supervisors reject resolution to shutdown talk of ‘reallocating police funding’ from strategic plan update | News | princewilliamtimes.com

“Even if we disagree with something the community said they wanted, who are we to say, ‘No, we don’t agree with you, so we’re cutting you out of the conversation?’” […]

New Police Chief Brings Wealth of Experience

Following a nationwide search, along with a community survey and an interview process that included input from a panel of community leaders from a diverse range of organizations and backgrounds, […]

New Park Will Feature County’s First Fully-Accessible Playground

Harbor Drive Park Will Transform Asphalt to Activity Center Prince William County and Kaiser Permanente have broken ground on Harbor Drive Wellness Park, a project that will transform an empty […]

Celebrating Safely: Assessing COVID Risk This Holiday Season

**See the latest CDC recommendations** With the holidays upon us, many of us are trying to strike a balance between family traditions and protecting loved ones from COVID-19. The CDC notes […]

Boddye’s Climate Change Resolution Marks A First for County

In passing a resolution introduced by Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors last night created a pathway for comprehensively addressing climate change.  Among other […]

Deadline to Pay Real Estate Taxes for Second-Half of 2020 Extended

During a meeting on Nov. 17, 2020, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors passed a resolution extending the payment deadline for real estate taxes for the second-half of 2020 […]

Public Invited to “Future of Juvenile Justice” Virtual Town Hall, Nov 16

Historically, court-involved youth were treated much like adults, sent to prison-like settings that lacked resources that would help them to successfully transition back into their communities. This has changed in […]

Linking Land Use & Transportation Policy

Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye was one of the guests invited by the Prince William Conservation Alliance to participate in a panel discussion with Delegate Elizabeth Guzman about House Bill 585, […]

Need a ride to the polls?

Our office has heard of a few options for residents who are unable to drive themselves to the polls on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Both the local Democratic and Republican […]

Early Voting Notes: An Update From the Polls

Our honorary Constituent Services Specialist, River, is happy to report that early voting, including curbside, is going smoothly and relatively quickly around the County, and encourages residents to take advantage […]

State Allocates Additional $116 Million for Virginia Institutions of Higher Education

Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new allocation of more than $116 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to support Virginia’s institutions of higher […]

VRE Welcomes Riders Back With Increased Safety Measures

As Prince William County residents return to work and congestion increases on the region’s roads, many are rethinking their commutes. One option is the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), which has […]

Help Small Businesses Weather COVID – Volunteers Needed

Many local businesses are still struggling from the impact of COVID-19, but may not be aware of programs that could help them weather the storm. The county’s Department of Economic […]

New Commission Seeks to Reduce Racial Disparities in Prince William

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently authorized the creation of a Racial and Social Justice Commission, tasked with examining the state of racial and social justice for people […]

Boddye Calls for Adoption of COG Climate Recommendations, Goals

Posted by Mothers Out Front Prince William County, VA on Wednesday, 21 October 2020 During Tuesday’s Board meeting, Supervisor Boddye introduced a resolution that would integrate the Regional Climate Mitigation […]

Are You Election Ready? 2 Referendums on 2020 Ballot

Early voting is underway, with 8 sites in Prince William County (see times and locations) offering options to cast your ballot in-person, curbside or via drop-box through October 31. You […]

Board approves $15.9 million of federal CARES Act funding for county schools; Walts promises middle and high school plan by Oct. 21| Headlines | insidenova.com

Some Prince William supervisors and School Board members sharply criticized county school leaders this week after they wavered on a return of students to classrooms in November. Trending on InsideNoVa Powered […]

Easily Check-in On Development Projects With “ePortal”

During the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, Development Services understands that business owners have continued to take actions wherever and whenever they can—from finding new ways to serve customers to tasking […]

Co-responder Program Improves Outcomes for Individuals in Crisis

Prince William County Community Services (CS) and Police Department have worked hard over the past several months developing the new Co-Responder Program that was approved by the Board of County […]

There’s Still Time! 2020 Census Deadline Extended

If you have not completed the 2020 census, you now have until October 31—either online at my2020census.gov or by phone at (844) 330-2020. Simply by taking this brief survey, you […]

Prince William County Provides Childcare Scholarship Program for Families Impacted Financially by COVID-19

Prince William County Government, in partnership with Prince William County Schools (PWCS), is pleased to announce that a childcare scholarship program is available to families financially impacted by COVID-19. If [...]

Landfill & Compost Facility Resume Sunday Operations

County announces that Solid Waste facilities will resume Sunday service with precautions Beginning Sunday, October 11, the Prince William County Landfill and the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility will resume […]

Trick-or-Treating Alternatives: Planning a Safe Halloween

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween will be different than in years past. To encourage the safety, health and wellbeing of residents, Prince William Health District officials recommend that […]

Giving Back: Volunteer PW Call-to-action, Sept. 25

Each week, Volunteer Prince William sends out a “Call to Action” with upcoming volunteer opportunities. You can also search their database to find more ways to get involved in the […]

County’s New “ELEVATE” Program Offers Free Job Training & Placement

COVID-19 has taken a financial toll on households across the nation. Prince William County is no exception. Now, in addition to offering resources and grants for small businesses, the County […]

Superintendent acknowledges ‘likelihood’ of COVID-19 cases in schools when students return | News | princewilliamtimes.com

Although Prince William County schools remain on track to allow students to attend school in-person starting Nov. 10, there will be challenges — including the “likelihood” of COVID-19 cases among […]

PWCS Presents Three Options for Learning in the 2nd Marking Period. – Bristow Beat

The Prince William County School Board must soon decide whether to move from “virtual learning” to a “50/50” model. The school division recently presented three options for the second marking […]

Virtual Town Hall: Answers to Your 2020 Elections Questions!

With questions swirling around the 2020 Elections, Supervisor Kenny Boddye invited Prince William County Elections Board Secretary Keith Scarborough to join him for a town hall on September 30. Topics […]

Your Questions Answered: Voting in the 2020 Election

At our recent town hall with Congressman Gerry Connolly and Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta, questions about voting in the 2020 Elections outweighed any other concern.  We’ve put together answers to the […]

County Urges Precaution When Draining Pools

It is coming up on the time of year when homeowners start to drain their pools. The Prince William County Department of Public Works urges pool owners to use proper […]

County Task Forces Work to Meet Community Challenges During COVID-19

Prince William County continues to work to meet both the public health and economic needs of residents through its Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which coordinates task forces on community feeding […]

The Department of Economic Development announces two new programs to help Prince William County businesses adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Department of Economic Development is excited to announce two new programs designed to help Prince William County businesses adapt to the challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that it […]

Flashing Chevrons Installed on I-95 Ramps in Woodbridge and Springfield

Flashing chevrons aimed at improving safety have been installed along I-95 ramps in Woodbridge and Springfield, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Several flashing chevrons were added along the […]

Virginia Supreme Court Grants Temporary Statewide Eviction Moratorium

Court suspends eviction proceedings through September 7 at Governor’s request The moratorium, which will begin on Monday, August 10 and remain in effect through Monday, September 7, halts all eviction […]

Virginia Launches COVID Contact Tracing App

Today, Virginia launched a COVID-19 exposure notification app that will alert users if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Get your […]

Virtual Town Hall: Racial Healing & Justice Reform

Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye held a forum about healing racial divides and moving forward justice reform in Prince William County. Panelists included representatives from Human Rights Commission, Police, NAACP [...]

Prince William County Receives Virginia Association of Counties Award for Human Rights Student Leadership Council

Prince William County is pleased to announce that the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) has recognized it with a Best Achievement Award for the Human Rights Student Leadership Council. The […]

Prince William County awarded $41 million in second round of CARES Act funding | Coronavirus | insidenova.com

While the county continues to grapple with climbing costs associated with the pandemic, including dramatic costs estimates for schools in the fall, Prince William County has received an infusion of […]

“Turn Around, Don’t Drown” Prepping for Tropical Strom Isaias

Tropical Storm Isaias is rapidly approaching our area; we are currently under a tropical storm/ flash flood/ coastal flooding watch. The current track has the storm moving up the coast […]

County Seeks Feedback on Summit School Road Extension and Telegraph Road Widening Project

The Prince William County Department of Transportation invites the public to watch a virtual presentation for public information and comment on the extension and construction of a section of Summit […]

New IGF Headquarters to Bring 169 Jobs to Occoquan District

The Board of County Supervisors approved a $250,000 grant from the Economic Development Fund Opportunity fund that will yield an investment of $15.6M and 169 new jobs as International Gourmet […]

Virginia businesses will soon have to follow safety rules to limit COVID-19. Here’s what they need to do. | Daily Press

  Gov. Ralph Northam said he asked the group to create the regulations in May due to a lack of mandates from the federal government. (View an FAQ for employers.) […]

Prince William County schools getting $5 million for COVID-19 costs | Prince William | insidenova.com

Emily Sides, esides@insidenova.com Jul 21, 2020  The Prince William Board of County Supervisors has re-allocated $5 million in federal COVID-19 assistance so they can support Prince William County Public Schools.  […]

Boddye On School Funding: We Are In This Together

Last night, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to allocate $5M of its CARES Act funding to Prince William County Public Schools, to offset costs associated with […]

Supervisors Defer Real Estate Tax Due Date to Oct. 15

Recognizing that a number of  resiedents and businesses are facing financial uncertainty in light of the pandemic, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted to defer the first-half real […]

Summit School Road Extension 1 of 3 County Transportation Projects to Receive Full Funding From NVTA

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority(NVTA) FY 2020-2025 Six Year Program, adopted on July 9, fully funds three Prince William County road projects with a total award of $110 million. This […]

Neighborhood Town Hall: Reducing Speeding on Valleywood

Resources: Transportation's powerpoint presentation PWC Department of Transportation website Reduce Speeding in Your Neighborhood Traffic Calming Guide

Chief Barnard Walked the Walk

A Message from Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye… As Chief Barry Barnard steps down from his decades of service with the Prince William County Police Department, I fondly recall our […]

Equity & The Path to Reconciliation

Our community is shifting into an unapologetic anti-racist stance as we come together for peaceful vigils, marches and rallies, and taking a hard look at how County policies can be […]

Governor Northam Launches Rent and Mortgage Relief Program to Assist Virginians Facing Eviction or Foreclosure

Governor Ralph Northam today launched the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), which will provide $50 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for […]

New Virginia Laws Champion Human Rights, Justice Reform, Protections for Children & Animals

Major steps forward in human rights, criminal justice reform, and protections for minors & animals are among Virginia laws taking effect July 1. This legislative session saw the addition of […]

Meet the Covid-19 ‘long-haulers’ whose symptoms won’t seem to go away | Advisory Board Daily Briefing

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), patients with Covid-19 typically recover from the disease in about two weeks’ time, but there are a number of patients who have had […]

County Prepares for Phase III: Operational Status Update

Our combined efforts have helped to flatten the curve in Prince William, and we will begin Phase III on Wednesday, July 1. This will mean the lifting of a number […]

Virtual Community Meeting June 25: Renaming Stonewall Jackson HS & MS

From PWCS: Prince William County Public Schools will hold a second Community Input Session on the renaming process of Stonewall Jackson High School  and Stonewall Middle School through a virtual […]

Prince William Will Let Controversial 287g Program Expire

A statement from Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye: Last night, the Prince William County Jail Board decided to allow the controversial 287g detention program to lapse on June 30. (If […]

Ahead of jail board vote, ICE says 579 local residents have been deported since 2018 under 287(g) agreement | News | princewilliamtimes.com

Data released on the eve of a consequential vote by the Prince William-Manassas jail board shows that 579 people booked into the local jail have been deported from the U.S. […]

Board Allocates Additional Funding as Construction starts on New Animal Shelter Project

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the Board of County Supervisors voted to budget and appropriate an additional $1.6 million for the construction of the new Animal Shelter, located at 14807 […]

OmniRide to Increase Service Levels Starting June 22nd

OmniRide will resume operating all routes and increase service levels on OmniRide Express buses starting Monday, June 22, 2020. Weekday Express service to destinations in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., […]

Steady Price Increase for May 2020 Home Sales in Prince William

Courtesy of Prince William Association of Realtors   REALTOR® Association of Prince William (PWAR) has gathered Prince William County’s most recent market statistics, generated by SmartCharts, an affiliate website of […]

Virginia Announces Temporary Moratorium on Evictions

Governor Ralph Northam has announced a temporary statewide moratorium on all eviction proceedings in Virginia. The Governor requested this moratorium in a letter sent to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice […]

Strategic Planning Timeline Through 2021

Last week, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved a revised timeline for the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan update after receiving a briefing on the effects COVID-19 has on the […]

A call for reconciliation, end to political divisiveness

Supervisor Boddye Addresses False Claims Around Board Members Attending Community Meeting Last Sunday, the Prince William County Police Department sought to promote healing, bridging together their Citizens Advisory Board (CAB), […]

BOCS Meeting Recap: Promoting Civil Rights, Responding to COVID-19

Once again, the Board Chambers were a space for lively debate and heartfelt community input this past Tuesday, with Public Comment spanning several hours. Thank you to everybody who took […]

Board of County Supervisors’ Allocates an Additional $25 Million in CARES Act Funding

In May, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted to allocate $15.8 million of the $41 million of CARES Act funding the county received from the federal government, with […]

Prince William County AAA Bond Ratings Reaffirmed by All Three Major Credit Rating Agencies

Prince William County Government received a AAA bond rating for the ninth consecutive year. The three major bond credit rating agencies, which include Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service and S&P […]

CVS to Offer “DIY” COVID Testing; Appointment Required

At select sites, CVS Health is offering free self-swab tests to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. Appointments are required. Currently, the only location in Prince William […]

Virginia Department of Health announces hotline for reporting reopening concerns | News | princewilliamtimes.com

With Executive Order 63 in effect as of Friday, May 29, which requires that masks be worn in most public buidings, Virginia Department of Health spokeswoman Maria Reppas told the […]

Board of County Supervisors Announces COVID-19 Small Business Relief Micro-Grant Program

Financial Assistance Now Available to Eligible Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19   At their May 19, 2020, meeting, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted unanimously to establish a […]

Reopening Safely, Sustainably

A message from Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye... The recent New York Times piece highlighting the nearly 100,000 American lives already lost to this pandemic is heartbreaking. Meanwhile, many are [...]

Governor Northam Announces Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations

Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-Three, requiring Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Governor also directed […]

County Makes Improvements During Dog Park Closure

Prince William County staff has used the closure of K9 Gunnar Memorial Dog Park, in response to COVID-19 risks, as a time to move forward with several improvement projects.  Driving [...]

Volunteer Opportunities in Prince William

Volunteer Prince William announced a number of ways that you can help families struggling in these challenging times: The Community Feeding Taskforce has a big need for volunteers who can […]

Friday Deadline! Submit Comments on Fracking Project in Prince William

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) extended the public comment period for the Header Improvement Project through Friday, May 22, 2020. This 24 mile network of fracking pipelines will cross through [...]

Reopening Toolkit for Businesses

Virginia Department of Health has made a business reopening page available on their web site. This page provides resources related to the Governor’s Emergency Order EO61 including a toolkit (signs […]

Prince William Area Disaster Fund Accepting Project Proposals

The Prince William Area Disaster Fund’s application period opened Wednesday, May 20. The fund was created as the combined disaster relief and recovery effort for the Greater Prince William area […]

Highlights: May 19 BOCS Meeting

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COVID-19 economic impact | can’t pay rent or mortgage | Stay Home Virginia

Resources for Virginians struggling to pay their rent or mortgage due to COVID-19. Source: COVID-19 economic impact | can’t pay rent or mortgage | Stay Home Virginia

Balancing Economic and Health Concerns when Entering Phase I

The coronavirus pandemic has created a situation with no easy answers. As someone who works for a small business, I understand there are valid concerns that non-essential business closure and […]

Prince William board to decide how to spend $41 million in federal COVID-19 aid | News | princewilliamtimes.com

“We know there are a lot of businesses being hit hard right now,” Boddye said. “We’re going to have a lot of folks coming to us, wanting that relief and […]

Prince William County Partners with Health Department and Walmart for Testing

Two COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites are opening May 15, 2020, in the Walmart parking lot located at: 17041 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Dumfries, VA 22026 8386 Sudley Rd., Manassas, VA 20109 […]

Service Authority Guidance on Flushing Pipes When Reoccupying Buildings

Prior to reoccupying a commercial building or home that has been vacant for a week or longer, flush stagnant water from pipes in the structure to replenish plumbing with fresh, […]

Governor Issues Executive Order 62 Delaying Northern Virginia Phase One

JURISDICTIONS TEMPORARILY DELAYED FROM ENTERING PHASE ONE IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 61 AND PERMITTED TO REMAIN IN PHASE ZERO NORTHERN VIRGINIA REGION Importance of the Issue Executive Order 61, issued on […]

Governor Northam Announces Phase One Guidelines to Slowly Ease Public Health Restrictions

It’s important to note that Northern Virginia has requested a slower reopening process. The information regarding these details is available by clicking here. Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-One […]

Northern Virginia Localities Urge Governor to Set Regional Targets for Reopening

The chief elected officials of the five largest localities in Northern Virginia have sent a letter to Governor Ralph Northam, supporting his “Forward Virginia” reopening plan in general but urging him to […]

County Continues to Find Ways to Serve Homeless

COVID-19 has created challenges in serving the most vulnerable populations in the county, including those who are homeless. To better serve the needs of the homeless, the Prince William County […]

In-Person Graduations Scheduled for August

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) has announced that it will tentatively scheduled in-person high school graduations for August. The COVID-19 virus and the Governor’s closure of schools across the […]

COVID Response and Services – Occoquan District Virtual Town Hall

Prince William County continues adapting to the challenges brought on by the pandemic working with public health officials, nonprofits and community members to identify and meet evolving needs. Supervisor Boddye [...]

Thank you, Educators

Dear Occoquan District Educators, During ordinary times, you are already the bedrock of our community. You not only educate our children, but you also care for them, nurture them, console […]

Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Payment Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Governor Ralph Northam announced on April 29, 2020 that Virginia has secured relief options for more than 200,000 Virginians with privately held student loans. The payment relief is the result […]

Budget realities from COVID-19 cut $40.6 million from Prince William budgets | Prince William | insidenova.com

Prince William County will leave the rate on real estate taxes unchanged for the next fiscal year, as the budget reality of the COVID-19 pandemic forced supervisors to ditch new […]

Proposed FY21 Budget: A Reflection of Community Values

A community’s budget is a statement of that community’s values. Prince William County’s newly-revised FY21 Proposed Budget is built on a flat tax rate with an emphasis on human services […]

Residents Urged to Minimize Waste

Keep Collection Workers and Communities Safe Northern Virginia joins the nation in an abundance of refuse and recycling being collected by municipalities. Stay-at-home orders have sent people into their basements, [...]

Feeding Taskforce Helpine

Anyone in the Greater Prince William Region in need of food can call the Helpline.  Agents will help callers connect with their nearest food pantry or assist with scheduling a […]

You Can Still Celebrate Earth Week…Here’s How

Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and Earth Week extends through Friday, April 24. Even with the stay-at-home orders in place, there are a number of ways you can […]

OmniRide Reducing Express Services as of April 27

OmniRide will further reduce its Express commuter bus services as of Monday, April 27, due to low ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic. While Express ridership has dropped by approximately 90 […]

Child Abuse Prevention Month: Lessening Stress for Vulnerable Families

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Normally, the Prince William County Department of Social Services would host several events to spread the word, including inviting the public to plant […]

NOVA to Offer ‘JumpStart’ Tuition-Free Summer Online Courses for Region’s High School Students

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is using institutional dollars from the Federal stimulus to launch a new summer schedule of tuition-free online classes for approximately 70,000 qualified Northern Virginia high […]

Prince William Board of Supervisors Approves Funding for Homeless Crisis Response Plan

On Tuesday, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors accepted, budgeted and appropriated $324,534 from state and federal grants and $300,000 from Affordable Housing Proffer Funds for housing the homeless […]

OmniRide Adds Precautions for Essential Traveling Amid COVID-19

OmniRide is continuing to provide service to ensure that essential employees are able to get to work and the public can get to critical destinations like grocery stores, pharmacies, and […]

County Jumps Up in “Best Fleets in America” Ranking

Prince William County' Fleet Management Division jumped 63 spots this year to end up at number 23 on The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas Program, which recognizes and rewards peak [...]

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center: Busting COVID-19 Myths

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center hosted a virtual legislative roundtable engaging local, state, and federal legislators to discuss COVID-19 and its effects on our community. […]

Board Considers Changes to Library System

The Prince William County Library System is set to undergo some changes if the Board of County Supervisors approves. The cities of Manassas and Manassas Park gave notice in June […]

Board of County Supervisors to Consider Revised FY2021 Budget

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors received a budget recap for the $1-billion, fiscal year 2021 budget that was based on a flat real estate tax rate of $1.125 […]

Prince William County Partners with Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William to Collect Donations for Disaster Relief

The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William partnered with Prince William County Government and the cities of Manassas, and Manassas Park to collect donations for the Prince William Area […]

County to Voice Support for Virtual Board Meetings

Yesterday, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Boddye’s resolution to voice support for Governor Northam’s Amendment 28 to HB 29/2018-2020 Biennium Budget Bill, which would grant localities […]

Libraries are Offering Programs Online for All Ages

While COVID-19 has everything shut down, the folks at Prince William Public Libraries have found other options. They have gone digital. A science experiment on how to make a bottle […]

April 10th Updates from the Landfill

The below updates are summarized in a PDF you can download by clicking here. Effective April 10th, until further notice: Landfill and Balls Ford Compost Facility will be closed on […]

FY21 Budget: Current Economic Realities

Many of you have reached out with concern about how the real estate tax rate originally advertised in February will affect families now struggling to make ends meet. I have […]

Board to Receive Public Comments Regarding Budget Online and In Person

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will hold public meetings this month to maintain the continuity of government and take the appropriate steps towards adopting the Fiscal Year 2021 […]

Prince William County Resources Available for Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

The Prince William County Department of Economic Development and Office of Tourism (d/b/a Visit Prince William, Virginia) are actively engaged with the business community during the COVID-19 health crisis. Businesses […]

InsideNoVa, Prince William County Government to Hold COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall – Coronavirus

InsideNoVa and Prince William County Government are partnering to hold a virtual town hall to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and answer residents’ questions. The town hall will take place on […]

School Nurses Volunteer to Help Prince William Health District During Pandemic

Twenty-two school nurses from Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) have signed up to volunteer through the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to help staff the Prince William Health District […]

Board Acts to Maintain Continuity of Government During Pandemic

Please note, that while in-person comment is still available during public hearings, residents are urged to instead utilize online methods for contacting Supervisors, such as emailing BOCS@pwcgov.org or adding comments […]

Governor Northam Announces Emergency Funding to Shelter Virginia’s Homeless Population

Initial $2.5 million in funding will house unsheltered individuals, support case management Governor Ralph Northam today announced an initial $2.5 million in emergency funding to shelter Virginia’s statewide homeless population […]

County Working with Community Partners to Provide Resources

The schools are working hard to make sure children in the county continue to stay fed. A recent change in USDA rules now allow parents to pick up food without […]

County Works with Community Partners to Create Feeding Taskforce

Normal run-of-the-mill emergencies tend to last a few hours or maybe a few days, but the challenges associated with COVID-19 are much different. The impact of the pandemic is expected […]

Renewed Hope, Amidst Shifting Budget Realities

Developing the budget is one of the most critical, and complex, duties with which the Board of County Supervisors is tasked. This process is a delicate balance between investing in […]

Guide to coronavirus mortgage relief options | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

If you’re among those financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, you might be concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent. Federal and state governments have announced plans to […]

Solid Waste Facilities usage – COVID 19 Guidance

Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay at home order on March 30, 2020, which restricts all Virginians to essential trips only. The County Landfill and the Balls Ford Compost Facility […]

COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses | Virginia Small Business Development Center

The Virginia SBDC Network staff is located throughout the state and is capable and able to meet with you virtually (phone, web conferencing) to assist with your questions.We offer confidential, […]

Virginia’s Statewide Stay at Home Order Frequently Asked Questions | Virginia.gov

The Commonwealth of Virginia put together an informative FAQ section regarding the Governor’s stay-at-home order (Executive Order 55) which also includes answers to Executive Order 53. At this time, Governor […]

Telegraph Road Stabilization Project

The Service Authority is managing an emergency project to replace and stabilize an 8-inch sanitary sewer pipe located in the easement near 14011 Telegraph Rd., Woodbridge. (See map below.) Equipment […]

Financial Impacts of COVID-19 on County Operations

Up until COVID-19 hit the area, the county was projecting a revenue budget surplus of approximately $5.7 million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020, according to Prince William County […]

Potomac Health Foundation » Letter to our partners regarding COVID-19

The Potomac Health Foundation is opening a new grant cycle and not-for-profits are encouraged to apply. With the COVID-19 emergency, the Foundation is extending flexibility to its grantees on where […]

COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Supporting Those Disproportionately Impacted by Coronavirus and its Economic Consequences The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia. The Fund will attract and […]

County Executive Provides Update on Response Efforts to COVID-19

Prince William County is actively cooperating with surrounding jurisdictions, businesses, hospitals, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Department of Health and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to […]

Coronavirus Has Upended Our World. It’s OK To Grieve | NPR

  On weekday evenings, sisters Lesley Laine and Lisa Ingle stage online happy hours from the Southern California home they share. It’s something they’ve been enjoying with local and faraway […]

Leading Epidemiologist ‘Absolutely Confident’ Antiviral Drugs Will Stem COVID-19 Pandemic | Here & Now

Dr. Larry Brilliant has been on the frontlines in the fight against disease for decades. The epidemiologist helped eradicate smallpox, and he’s also been involved in the battle against polio and […]

1918 Flu | Throughline

  We’ve heard a lot of people draw comparisons between the 1918 flu, sometimes called the Spanish Flu, and the current coronavirus pandemic. This podcast episode of Throughline by NPR […]

Food Pantry Directory Form

If you operate a food pantry in Prince William County, please use the form below to be added to a directory that Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye and the Greater […]

County Offers Tools to Keep Residents Informed About COVID-19

In an effort to provide ongoing information regarding COVID-19, Prince William County is offering several new tools that residents can now access. The county’s new COVID-19 website – available at pwcgov.org/COVID19 – [...]

Information Regarding the March 31 Board of County Supervisors Meeting

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors is holding their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Court […]

County Partners with MurLarkey Distillery to Produce Hand Sanitizer

​Prince William County is partnering with MurLarkey Distillery in Bristow, VA to make hand sanitizer that will go to first responders and healthcare workers. Mike Larkin, the president and one […]

Resources for the Unsheltered and Homeless During COVID-19 and How You Can Help

Supervisor Boddye’s office has received numerous inquiries on the safety of some of the most vulnerable people within our community: the unsheltered and homeless. While there are many resources available […]

Virginia’s SNAP Program to Issue Emergency Benefits

Existing clients will receive additional benefits in March and April Emergency benefits will be made available to Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants during the months of March and […]

SSG Announces New Rapid Response COVID-19 Business Support Grants to Help Employers during the COVID-19 Crisis – Virginia Career Works Northern Region

On March 17, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced new measures to combat the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including the release of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Rapid Response […]

COVID-19 Testing

We recognize and understand that there is a lot of frustration and confusion regarding COVID-19 testing. Unfortunately, there is a limited supply of testing supplies available throughout the region and […]

Service Authority’s Routine Spring Flushing Begins This Week

Beginning this week and continuing through mid-June, the Prince William County Service Authority will be conducting its annual spring flushing of the water distribution system. This is a routine maintenance […]

FAQ About Virginia’s COVID19 Restrictions

General Questions When does this order go into effect? What areas of the state are covered? The order is in effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM until [...]

The Prince William Health District Call Center is now open 7038727759

Image text: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) The Prince William Health District Call Center is now open at 7038727759 For questions related to COVID-19, the Prince William Health District has opened our […]

Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools

Bans public gatherings of more than 10 people Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and reduce the spread of the novel […]

OmniRide Altering Bus Service Due to COVID-19

March 23 – In response to declining ridership while many people telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, OmniRide will make changes to some of its Express commuter bus schedules effective Wednesday, March 25, […]

Unsheltered and Homeless Resources: Streetlight Ministries

Our office reached out to County Departments and community partners to collect information regarding resources available for the unsheltered and homeless. StreetLight Community Outreach Ministries provided the following information via […]

A Message From Supervisor Boddye

Transcript Dear Occoquan District Neighbors - this is Kenny Boddye, Occoquan District Supervisor. I’m reaching out to you today regarding the situation surrounding the coronavirus. Every single member of our [...]

Occoquan District Townhall FY2021 PWC Budget (video)

Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye, Occoquan School Board member Lillie Jessie, and Dave Sinclair from the Office of Management and Budget present a townhall on Prince William County's proposed FY2021 [...]

Federal Government Responses to Coronavirus

The House Ways and Means Committee has assembled a comprehensive FAQ to help explain how the federal government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. It covers what small businesses, seniors, […]

Coordinated Entry System

  During the COVID-19 crisis, residents are reminded to contact the County’s Coordinated Entry System to provide resources to any people experiencing homelessness. If someone experiencing homelessness is sick or […]

Board of County Supervisors Join Call for More Testing

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors sent a letter to Vice President Michael Pence, who chairs the Federal COVID-19 Task Force, calling for the National Capital Region to be designated […]

Landfill and Balls Ford Road Compost Facility – New COVID 19 GUIDANCE

The County Landfill and the Balls Ford Compost Facility are both open. However, we have instructed our employees to practice social distancing and stay 6 feet away from customers, so […]

Take the Census While You Are at Home

While the Census Bureau monitors the Coronavirus, COVID-19, situation and follows the guidance of health authorities, the agency is reminding people to complete the 2020 U.S. Census online, by phone, […]

U.S. Small Business Administration Declares Virginia a Disaster Area

In keeping with our commitment to bring you the most up to date information, we wanted to let you know that the US Small Business Administration has granted disaster declaration […]

Prince William County Closes Government Buildings to the Public

Due to evolving concerns related to COVID-19, Prince William County closed all government buildings to the public as of 5 p.m. today, Thursday, March 19, 2020, until further notice. The […]

Column: How You Can Help Those Facing Homelessness During the Pandemic | PW Perspective

COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, has pretty much upended everyone’s lives and is forcing everyone to stay indoors. The pandemic is also putting a strain on our ability to directly help […]

Amid coronavirus crisis, county relocates overnight homeless shelter to larger space | News | princewilliamtimes.com

Some of Prince William’s most vulnerable residents had a new place to sleep last night. About four dozen homeless people who had been staying at the county’s overnight shelter were […]

Prince William County’s Floodplain Management Saves Residents Money on Insurance Premiums

Prince William County recently received recognition from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for achieving a Class 7 rating in the agency’s Community Rating System. The new rating will […]

Emergency Access to Capital Resource List – PenFed Foundation

The PenFed Foundation has put together a resource list for businesses including veteran owned businesses. They are actively updating the resource list as well as providing news updates and webinars […]

Prince William County to Donate $30,000 to Local Food Banks

In an effort to ensure the most vulnerable families in the community have access to food, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors made donations totaling $30,000 to the local […]

ACTS’ Senior Link call reassurance program

Due to the ever changing situation surrounding COVID-19 concerns, one of the precautions seniors and those with disabilities are choosing is to stay home. ACTS wants you to be aware […]

Volunteers for the COVID-19 outbreak – Volunteer Prince William

As we all face these unusual circumstances we are surely adjusting our normal business practices. I have gotten a number of calls and emails regarding folks that would like to […]

Prince William County Service Authority Coronavirus Information

March 16, 2020 Update  Dear Customer, The Service Authority is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and taking all necessary measures to ensure the continued delivery of clean […]

COVID-19 Financial Resources for Food & Beverage Businesses and Restaurant Workers — Big Spoon Co.

Big Spoon Co. has an excellent list of COVID-19 relief resources for food and beverage businesses and restaurant workers that they are actively updating. Follow the link below to view […]

Supporting Governor’s Efforts to Expand SBA Support

On March 18, Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye sent the letter below to Governor Ralph Northam, in support of the effort to seek an economic injury declaration that would make […]

OmniRide Making Changes to Protect Public Health

OmniRide today announced several changes to help protect the public and OmniRide employees from the COVID-19 pandemic while still providing vital mobility services in our community. Effective immediately OmniRide’s Local […]

CRIME PREVENTION TIPS: Coronavirus Scams

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. The scams take a variety of forms, such as setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, […]

PWC Department of Economic Development COVID-19 Business Update

Prince William County Department of Economic Development is dedicated to serving our business community during the COVID-19 situation. We have adjusted our normal business practices to protect the health and […]

SBA Updates Criteria on States for Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19 and Support Impacted Virginians

Directs adherence to 10-person gathering ban, quarantine for high-risk individuals, worker and employer support Governor Ralph Northam today announced additional steps to help Virginians impacted by novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, […]

After struggling for days to get coronavirus test results, Manassas man found positive for COVID-19 | news/prince_william | insidenova.com

After struggling to get COVID-19 test results for days, the family of a Manassas man learned Sunday that he has tested positive for coronavirus. Titou Phommachanh has started an experimental […]

Prince William County Declares Local State of Emergency

County Executive Chris Martino signed a Declaration of Local State of Emergency for Prince William County in response to the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control to limit crowds of […]

Occoquan Office Temporary Procedures – COVID19 Response

As we discussed in previous posts, limiting contact with others (aka, social distancing) is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID19, protecting our most vulnerable […]

Flattening the Curve: How “Hitting Pause” Can Save Lives

With mixed-messaging pouring in through social media and a lot of unknowns, one side effect of COVID19 is confusion! While it is natural to want to go about with “business […]

COVID19: County Response

Prince William County Health District (PWHD) and the Office of Emergency Management recently reported on how the county is responding to COVID-19, and Virginia declared a state of emergency on […]

Supervisor Boddye Discusses Devlin Road

I have been asked about my vote in the Devlin Road rezoning. My reasons touch on a number of legal realities, land use policies and impact mitigation (in terms of […]

Three-story elementary school will be Prince William County’s first | Prince William | insidenova.com

As school officials struggle to find land for new schools, Prince William County Public Schools is going vertical. The school board recently approved the division’s first three-story elementary school. The […]

Combatting Pests, Saving Forests – The Everyday Role of Mosquito and Forest Pest Management

From left to right: Valerie Huelsman (Program Specialist), Eli Hosen (Assistant Branch Chief), Ciro Monaco (Entomologist), Jason Shriner (Constituent Services Director for Supervisor Boddye) By: Jason Shriner Note: This article [...]

Animal Shelter Project Timeline

UPDATE: FEB. 25, 2020 The Board of County Supervisors rejected a proposition by County staff to consider “Option E,” which would have converted a Manassas Park veterinary clinic into a […]

Prince William County moving ahead with new animal shelter | insidenova.com

Prince William County is moving forward with plans for a smaller footprint for a new animal shelter to reduce construction costs. Residents came out for a meeting of the Prince […]

Supervisors reject proposal for a new animal shelter in Manassas Park | News | princewilliamtimes.com

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors rejected Tuesday night an option to replace the county’s animal shelter with a renovated veterinary clinic in Manassas Park and renovations to the […]

Lawmakers pitch $2M study on extending Metro to Quantico, other transit options | Prince William | insidenova.com

A state budget proposal in the General Assembly would put $2 million toward a study on extending Metro’s Blue Line from the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station to Marine Corps Base Quantico […]

Metro Blue Line extension into Prince William? Virginia lawmakers want a study. – The Washington Post

Virginia lawmakers have included language in the state budget for a $2 million study of how Metro’s Blue Line could be extended through Fairfax into Prince William County to expand mass […]

County Seeks to Address Unfunded School, Mental Health Needs in Proposed Budget

On February 18, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted on its most comprehensive prospective budget in a generation. The proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget is designed to acknowledge [...]

County Looking for Bilingual Census Volunteers to Reach Those in Hard to Count Areas

Prince William County is looking for bilingual volunteers who will help those in the hard-to-count communities be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. Hard-to-count areas are areas identified by the […]

Virginia Bill to Prohibit LGBTQ Discrimination Will Move to Senate

Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye reported good news from the State Capital this President's Day: A bill that would grant Prince William, and all Virginia counties, the ability to extend [...]

Get Involved! FY 2021 Budget Season Begins

The budget season has kicked off in Prince William County, and there are many ways to get involved in the process. If crunching numbers and analyzing policy is your thing; […]

BOCS Makes Government More Transparent and Accessible

  On Tuesday, February 4th, the Board unanimously voted to make Prince William government a little more accountable, transparent, accessible and inclusive for the people it serves. A series of […]

Boddye Calls for County’s Ability to Prohibit LGBTQ Discrimination 

Even before taking office, Supervisor Kenny Boddye has been a vocal advocate for his community. In November, he approached Delegate Danica Roem about granting counties the ability to prohibit discrimation [...]

From Ravaged Waterway to Thriving Ecosystem: VDOT Stream Restoration Tour

By Jason Shriner It was 10:00am and nearly two dozen representatives from at least seven organizations piled into the corner conference room at Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Lake Ridge […]

Local Government Day in Richmond

Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye was back in Richmond on February 6, this time joined by his fellow Board members for VACo's (Virginia Association of Counties) "Local Government Day." The [...]

County to Begin Strategic Planning Process

Once again, it is time for residents and staff members to envision the future of our community, as we begin work on the Prince William County 2021-2024 Strategic Plan. Adopted […]

County Cuts Ribbon on Coles District Fire & Rescue Station

Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye joined fellow Board members in cutting the ribbon on the new, 21,500-square-foot Coles District Fire and Rescue Station 6. It replaces the original Coles District […]

Project Update: New Animal Shelter

Construction Negotiations Continue; Shelter Opening Slated for Late 2021 Here at the office of Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye, we have had a number of constituents request an update on […]

Universal Human Rights Day: 2020 Award Winners

Each year, the Prince William County Human Rights Commission invites the community to nominate individuals, nonprofit organizations or businesses that have made outstanding contributions to human rights in Prince William. [...]

It Pays to Count: 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is quickly approaching, and Prince William County wants its residents to know how important it is that everyone is counted. Prince William County Demographer Brian Engelmann recently gave […]