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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 most pressing questions, below. The best place to find accurate information is on the Office of Elections’ website or to call the Registrar at […]

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 procedures to protect the environment, preventing chemical contamination, erosion and flooding in yards and surrounding areas. The Dangers of Chlorine and Cleaning Chemicals The most […]

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 programs, COVID-19 testing and county operations, as well as rent, mortgage and utility relief. Following are highlights from Prince William’s Emergency Management Coordinator Brian Misner […]

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 has not only been difficult, but costly for our business community to implement the new standards for public health and safety in order to operate […]

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 ramp from northbound I-95 to northbound Route 123 (Exit 160B) as an innovative way to help guide drivers along the curve, particularly at night. 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 proceedings related to failure to pay rent. Governor Northam requested this moratorium in a letter to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons on July […]

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 free download:  iPhone |  Android. Called COVIDWISE, this public health app balances the need for robust contact tracing with protecting user privacy. The app is […]

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 and the Public Defender’s Office. Panelists: Supervisor Boddye, Occoquan District Supervisor Christie Blackmon, Prince William NAACP Raul Torres, Executive Director Prince William County Human Rights [...]

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 Human Rights Commission launched the Council, designed for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, in 2016. Its purpose is to engage students in […]

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

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 financial aid from the federal government. The county was recently awarded $41 million in the second round of the federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, […]

“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 with the heaviest impact being to the area along and east of I-95. (See the latest storm updates.) Please remember to never drive into standing […]

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 School Road and improvement of Telegraph Road. The project extends Summit School Road from its current terminus at Kinnicutt Drive and creates a new alignment […]

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 Foods, Inc. develops its new headquarters in the Occoquan District.  International Gourmet Foods, Inc. is a leading wholesale distributor of gourmet specialty products, providing quality […]

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.) “Workers should not have to sacrifice their health and safety to earn a living, especially during an ongoing global pandemic,” Northam said in a news […]

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

Emily Sides, 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.  The Board voted 8-0 Tuesday to spend the money, part of the county’s CARES Act funding. “It’s all uncharted territory and they will have extra […]

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 safely delivering education in the midst of COVID-19.  For the first quarter, which starts September 8, schools will operate virtually for most students, with a […]

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 estate tax payment due date from July 15, 2020 to October 15. This action does not apply to any delinquent taxes, penalty, or interest that […]

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 was NVTA’s fifth funding program and the most competitive to date, with 13 localities and agencies requesting a total of $1.44 billion in funding, and […]

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 first formal meeting a number of years ago, during my work as Chair of the Prince William  NAACP Criminal Justice Committee. It was refreshing to […]

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 made more equitable so that they offer all of our residents equal opportunity and protection under the law. “Equality means treating everybody the same…When you […]

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 households facing eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19. RMRP will provide short-term financial assistance on behalf of households in the form of rent and mortgage […]

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 new laws, and the removal of some others: Such as striking down a Jim Crow-era holdover that allowed employers to pay less than minimum wage […]

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 Covid-19 for months—and experts aren’t entirely sure why they can’t shake the disease.What we know (so far) about the long-term health effects of Covid-19 Meet […]

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 of restrictions for our businesses and residents. However, it does not mean that the virus is gone (see the latest data). Caution and commonsense public […]

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 meeting. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting […]

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 you haven’t yet watched 9500 Liberty, I encourage you to do so for a fuller understanding of the roots of this program which targets immigrant […]

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

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. since 2018 under the county’s agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – including 125 who had not yet been convicted of a crime or […]

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 Bristow Road in Manassas. The Board originally allocated $15 million for the Animal Shelter project; however, after issuing an invitation for bid for the construction […]

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., will run on a Friday schedule, which is one step down from full-service. The increase in service levels is based on the improving COVID-19 conditions, […]

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 Showing Time. The market statistics are gathered through data provided by Bright MLS, which serves as the multiple listing service for Prince William County. A […]

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 Donald Lemons this weekend. The Chief Justice’s order issued today remains in effect through June 28th and modifies the Court’s earlier Declaration of Judicial Emergency […]

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 development process. The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced how the Strategic Plan Development Team, consisting of Board appointees and County staff, will receive community input while […]

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), leaders in the Black community and other local residents for an emergency meeting in response to protests the night before. I was invited by the […]

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 the time to engage with my colleagues and me. While you can view the meeting online, I wanted to highlight some of the distinct […]

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 $8 million going toward rent and mortgage relief; $5 million for small business relief; $2 million for homeless services; and $800,000 toward helping the four […]

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 Global Ratings, reaffirmed the County’s financial position with a AAA bond rating. This is the highest credit rating available. “The county’s bond rating is the […]

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 County is at 16712 Route 1, Dumfries, VA 22026. Depending on what area you live in, you may wish to use CVS’s locator tool to […]

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

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 Virginia Mecury: “VDH expects the public to voluntarily comply with the provisions of the order,” and that the agency will establish a call center (1-877-ASK-VDH3) […]

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 COVID-19 Small Business Relief Micro-Grant program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses that have been economically impacted by the pandemic. The program, which […]

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 also reeling from economic loss as we reduce public outings to prevent further spread of COVID-19. To successfully combat these combined tragedies, logic and reason [...]

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 the Department of Labor and Industry to develop emergency temporary standards to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19. Governor Northam also signed an amended Executive Order […]

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 in, visitors may first notice a smoother ride—Parks & Recreation used the downtime to repair the potholes that had developed at the park entrance. Their [...]

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 work in their warehouse located at 8418 Kao Circle, Manassas 20110.  Shifts are weekdays, 8am-12Noon or 12Noon-4pm.  Duties include receiving bulk food donations, sorting, shelving […]

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 a number of local waterways, including the Occoquan Reservoir Intake, a major drinking water source for all of Northern Virginia. Prince William area residents and [...]

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 and other resources for industry to use throughout the establishment), guidance on employee health, cleaning and disinfection, as well critical infrastructure resources. Learn more here: […]

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 (Prince William County, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park), with assistance from the County’s Office of Emergency Management. Administered by The Human Services Alliance […]

Highlights: May 19 BOCS Meeting

{{ vc_btn: title=View+Meeting+Online&color=pink& }} A message from Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye: At a little over 12 hours, yesterday's Board of Supervisor's Meeting is definitely in the running for one of our longest! A lot was discussed, and there are quite a few things we got done. The Board: Renewed our License Agreement with the [...]

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 stay-at-home orders have taken a substantial toll on Prince William’s economy. Businesses have shuttered, folks are out of work, and families are struggling to put […]

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

“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 needing that relief.” Prince William County is slated to receive $41 million in federal COVID-19 aid this week, and it will be up to the […]

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 The sites are supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth, state and local officials to test anyone who meets Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidelines on […]

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, disinfected water from the distribution system. Flush cold water through all plumbing fixtures (faucets, shower heads, etc.) for at least 15 minutes, starting with the […]

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 May 8, 2020, and effective at 12:00 a.m., May 15, 2020, eased certain restrictions imposed under Second Amended Executive Order 53 and Executive Order 55 […]

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 and presented a detailed framework for the first phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while containing the […]

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 implement it for the region only once regional threshold metrics have been met. Although the metrics appear likely to be met statewide by May 15, […]

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 Department of Social Services and Streetlight Community Outreach Ministries moved the Overnight Shelter to the gymnasium of the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building in March, allowing […]

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 Commonwealth caused PWCS to cancel the graduations originally planned for June. Students will not be denied the opportunity to participate in graduation due to outstanding […]

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 invited the heads of Emergency Management, Social Services and Community Services to discuss these changes, highlighting how people can connect with services and information, and [...]

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 them, model to them good etiquette and habits, and instill in them countless soft and hard skills. During the normal cycle of the school year […]

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 of a new initiative by Virginia and several other states to work with the major private student loan servicers to expand on protections for federal […]

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

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 spending and a proposed tax rate increase. More than 25 Prince William County residents who talked remotely to the board of county supervisors Tuesday were […]

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 and investing on the most vulnerable among us. Still, compared to the budget presented by the County Executive it is triage. It cuts $41M out […]

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, attics, sheds, and other places where there’s cleaning to be done. The results -- refuse and recycling has increased 40 percent regionally. This clean out [...]

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 Direct Delivery if they have an emergency food need and have no transportation or can’t leave their homes for health reasons.  Callers from Manassas Park […]

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 celebrate the holiday and make the world a little greener, this week, and beyond. Deb Oliver, spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Public Works, said […]

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 percent, OmniRide will continue to operate a few core commuter routes that are serving essential personnel. As of Monday, April 27, the following changes are […]

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 a pinwheel garden in front of the McCoart Building. This year, it was just our Department of Social Services staff filling this area with the […]

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 school students. This is an opportunity for rising seniors through graduating seniors to JumpStart their summers and earn college credit by attending up to two […]

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 during the COVID-19 crisis. According to the County’s Director of the Department of Social Services, Courtney Tierney, the department will use $189,000 of the funding […]

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 hospitals. However, we ask that unless you have essential business, please obey the governor’s order to stay home. For those passengers that are conducting essential […]

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 performing fleets in North and South America by identifying and encouraging increased performance levels, improvement and innovation. Prince William County bested some of the larger [...]

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. Michael Reitz, D.O, SHFM, Vice President Medical Affairs of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (SNVMC) discussed COVID-19. Dr. Reitz shared social distancing is the best […]

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 2019 that they would not renew contracts to participate as part of the library system, which has been in place since the 1970s. Instead, the […]

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 per $100 of assessed value. A flat tax rate means that the rate would remain the same as the fiscal year 2020 tax rate. At […]

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 Disaster Fund. This is a combined disaster relief and recovery fund to respond to the effects of COVID-19 on the community. The fund is supported […]

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 the ability to meet virtually during a state of emergency. Current state law requires a physical quorum for localities to meet on matters that do […]

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 rocket, LEGO® play time, story time and Music and Motion videos are some of the things people can watch on the library’s Facebook page and […]

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 Sundays. Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronics Recycling program has been suspended.  Bulky items and construction debris accepted at the Landfill only, Monday through Friday. […]

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 heard those concerns, and I share them. Seeing how the coronavirus has been affecting our community, my office has shifted the direction of our budget committee and […]

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 Budget. During the Board’s 2 p.m. meeting on April 14, County Executive Chris Martino will provide a recap and his recommendations regarding the Proposed FY2021 […]

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 are encouraged to visit for assistance with the following: Financial Assistance for Businesses Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) CARE Act Emergency Loans Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) […]

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 Monday, April 13, 2020, from 5-6 p.m. Prince William County Executive Christopher Martino, Board of Supervisors Chair Ann Wheeler and Prince William Health District Director […]

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 Call Center and provide other services as needed during the current pandemic. “It is necessary to have a call center available to answer questions from […]

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 or adding comments about specific agenda items on the Speak Up portal. You can also use the Budget Q&A page to submit questions, and review answers to questions […]

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 during the COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency support will provide temporary housing for the approximately 1,500 Virginians who are currently unsheltered or rely on shelters that […]

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 children needing to be present. Documentation is requested for students enrolled in PWCS; however, food will still be provided to all children even those not […]

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 to last for a while and produce a greater need than other events. One of those needs is the access to food for the most […]

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 the services that enhance our community while not overburdening the taxpayers of Prince William. It always involves tough choices. That is truer than ever as […]

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 help struggling homeowners during this time. Read this to get information on what to do now, and what your options are for mortgage and rental […]

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 are both open Monday – Saturday for limited disposal activities. Effective immediately both facilities are closed on Sundays and the Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics […]

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, no-cost technical assistance to help create a strategy specific to your business needs. Visit their website to find an Advisor near you and to learn […]

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

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 Northam is also live streaming updates regarding COVID-19 on his Facebook page at 2pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Source: Frequently Asked Questions |

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 mobilization began this week and the project will start on April 6, with estimated completion on or before May 22, 2020. Sanitary sewer service will […]

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 Executive Chris Martino. Martino recently briefed the Prince William Board of County Supervisors on the fiscal impact the pandemic is likely to have on the […]

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 the funds are spent. For not-for-profits seeking skills based volunteers during this time, the Potomac Health Foundation is offering to cover the fees for Catchafire […]

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 provide flexible funding resources for nonprofit organizations and other programs in our region responding to COVID-19 and its impacts. The Fund’s focus will be to […]

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 directly confront COVID-19. County Executive Chris Martino recently gave a presentation to the Board of County Supervisors showing how the county has prepared to meet […]

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 friends during this period of social distancing and self-isolation. And on a recent evening, I shared a toast with them. We laughed and had fun […]

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 blindness. In a 2006 TED Talk, Brilliant described what the pandemic would look like — and he says the coronavirus pandemic has the potential to infect […]

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 explains the 1918 flu and goes into the similarities and differences between the two. The differences they highlight can provide hope during this scary time. […]

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 Prince William Food Council are putting together. It will be shared online to make it easier for the public to locate services and to facilitate […]

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 – is much easier to navigate and is the main source of information regarding the county’s response to the pandemic. For those who have their browser [...]

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 in Woodbridge. While the McCoart Building is closed to the public due to COVID-19, it is open for the Board meeting and other in-person meetings […]

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 of MurLarkey’s founders, said the distillery recently made 30 gallons, or 300 units, in its first batch of hand sanitizer. The company will resume production […]

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 through the Department of Social Services (DSS) and through community partners, many inquiries revolved around how those services might change during the COVID-19 emergency. Our […]

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 April, as part of a provision set forth by the Families First Coronavirus Responses Act of 2020. Under this provision, the Virginia Department of Social […]

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 funding to support Northern Virginia employers to remain open during this emergency. These funds are intended to assist local employers to avert layoffs and support […]

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 the country. Facts about COVID-19 testing: There are two different components to testing: Collecting a sample from a patient. Sending the collected sample to an […]

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 process and is NOT related to the coronavirus pandemic. Each spring, the Service Authority’s drinking water providers—Fairfax Water and the City of Manassas—temporarily change the […]

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 Thursday, April 23 at 11:59 PM. It applies to the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Will this order be changed? Governor Northam, in consultation with State [...]

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 Call Center at (703) 872-7759. Your health and safety are important to us and we want to make sure you have the information you need. […]

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 coronavirus, or COVID-19. Executive Order Fifty-Three orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 […]

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, 2020. No changes are currently anticipated for OmniRide Metro Express, OmniRide Local or OmniRide Access paratransit services. Friday service levels will be offered during weekdays, starting Wednesday, March 25, on the […]

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 email: During this crisis, StreetLight will continue homeless services which include:  Case Management support with our Outreach Case Manager  (Roger Guzman, StreetLight’s Case Manager for […]

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 community has been touched by this pandemic in one way or another, and the need for social distance and self-isolation can add to what is [...]

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 budget

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, and workers need to know and is broken into sections about what Congress has passed, what Congress is going to do next, and what the […]

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 needs to be tested for COVID-19, they should call a healthcare provider and that way the healthcare professional can determine if they need to be […]

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 as a priority testing site. In sending this letter, the Board of County Supervisors echoes calls for this designation being made by the Governors of […]

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 unloading assistance is restricted. We also request customers practice social distancing from each other. This can be a challenge on weekends, so we are offering […]

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, or send it in by mail. Person-to-person contact is not needed to complete the 2020 Census. According to the Prince William County Demographer, Brian Engelmann, […]

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 for Prince William County, as well as all of Virginia. As a result, affected businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters may qualify for federal disaster […]

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 courts, clerks and related judicial administration locations and services are open in accordance with instructions from the Virginia Supreme Court. Public Safety services are operating […]

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 people in need without anyone becoming infected. In Prince William County, single adults experiencing homelessness who live in the woods have to travel to the […]

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

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 transferred to a larger space the A.J. Ferlazzo Building, while some chronically ill homeless residents were temporarily housed in a local hotel. The changes are […]

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 give those property owners in the county who have flood insurance a 15-percent discount in their insurance premiums, which amounts to an average savings of […]

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 on how to cope with COVID-19 affects on your business.

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 food banks, who have seen a decline in donations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The local state of emergency declared by County Executive Chris Martino earlier […]

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 of our Senior Link Program during this trying time. This free call reassurance program provides scheduled phone calls to senior citizens and those who are […]

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 volunteer at this time. Many in our network have opted not to utilize their volunteer work force and not to take on new volunteers for […]

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 drinking water and the treatment of wastewater for our customers in Prince William County. As a public utility, we know an emergency can happen at […]

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 their resource list. Source: COVID-19 Financial Resources for Food & Beverage Businesses and Restaurant Workers — Big Spoon Co.

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 Prince William County eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. He also made the Governor aware of County efforts to solicit impact statements from […]

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 and Metro Express services will operate fare free. This move is designed to reduce interactions between bus operators and riders at the fare box and allow […]


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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 well-being of our employees and the public by operating virtually. As always, we are committed to helping your business and are available by phone or […]

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

{{ vc_btn: title=Submit+Your+Business+Impact&color=pink& }}{{ vc_btn: title=Supervisor+Boddye%27s+Letter+of+Support&color=pink& }} Today, government efforts to combat the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and minimize economic disruption to the nation’s 30 million small businesses, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The relaxed criteria will have two [...]

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, stop the spread of the virus in the Commonwealth, and protect public health. “Everyone must play a role to help flatten the curve and mitigate […]

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

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 drug treatment at Inova Fairfax Hospital, according to his wife, Amanda Phommachanh, who spoke with InsideNoVa on Monday. The couple has been married for more […]

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 people to 50 or less to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration is in effect as of noon today, March 16, […]

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 populations and buying time for healthcare systems to care for patients and develop new treatments. So, for the safety of our residents and staff, the […]

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 as usual,” hitting pause and limiting public activity for the next few weeks is the best defense we currently have against the new virus. In […]

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 March 12. PWHD Director Dr. Alison Ansher said that her agency’s incident management team is coordinating with surrounding jurisdictions and the Virginia Department of Health. […]

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 schools, traffic, etc), as well as how approvals in the surrounding area by previous boards made it much more challenging for the current board to […]

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

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 $37.1 million elementary school at Rosemont Lewis Park will sit on a narrow strip of 19 acres of county-owned land that includes 12.49 acres of […]

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 uses image carousels. To view all the images in a carousel, please click on the round dots below the carousel. Driving past the County Landfill, [...]

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 shelter. While cost savings were listed as a reason for consideration, estimates relied on many unknowns that could result in it costing as much as […]

Prince William County moving ahead with new animal shelter |

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 William Board of County Supervisors on Tuesday to support the multimillion-dollar project to replace the aging animal shelter on Bristow Road.The building size has been […]

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

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 existing animal shelter. County staff put forward the possibility of buying Blooms Crossing Animal Hospital, 9471 Manassas Drive in Manassas Park, and renovating the existing shelter […]

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

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 in Prince William County. The study would also examine other transportation options, including bus rapid transit along Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1. The proposal […]

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 transit in the heavily congested and rapidly growing Interstate 95 corridor. If the directive remains in the General Assembly’s approved state budget, the study would […]

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 the needs of the second-largest locality in Virginia, and rises to the investment challenge set forth by the Prince William County Public Schools superintendent and [...]

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 Census that are historically undercounted due to language barriers and lack of trust that the Census data is confidential. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged […]

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 prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is one step closer to passage. HB696, filed by Delegate Danica Roem and championed [...]

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; considering joining the Occoquan District Budget Committee. Supervisor Boddye is seeking 10-12 district residents willing to dig into the budget and identify priorities for FY2021. […]

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 resolutions introduced by Supervisor Kenny Boddye will institute changes to the Rules of Procedure that accomplish the following: Add a second Public Budget Hearing, allowing […]

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 based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Roem went on to file House Bill 696, which would amend § 15.2-965 of the Code of Virginia [...]

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 Area Headquarters, to discuss restoring the creek that runs behind VDOT and the Chinn facilities. It had been impacted by inadequate stormwater management practices related […]

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 annual event is an opportunity for our local representatives to advocate on behalf of Prince William residents and discuss the County's  Legislative Agenda, which includes [...]

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 by the Board of County Supervisors every four years, coinciding with board elections, the plan outlines a vision of how the county would support the […]

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 Volunteer Fire Department, formed in 1949, when only about 22,000 people lived in Prince William County, Virginia. The building was last upgraded in 1979. The […]

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 when the new, larger Prince William County Animal Shelter will open. According to Tom Bruun, the director of the county’s Department of Public Works, plans […]

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. Award winners are recognized during a breakfast marking Universal Human Rights Day. This year, HRC recognized 5 individuals and 1 team that embody its mission [...]

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 a presentation to the Board of County Supervisors to explain what the county is doing to get an accurate 2020 Census count, so that it […]