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Stafford’s Tech & Research Park Opens

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — The first phase of a new center for education and technology is open in North Stafford.

Elected officials gathered at the new Stafford Technology and Research Center at Quantico on Thursday to open the first portion of the center which is located inside a building at the Quantico Corporate Center business park seen from Interstate 95.

And while the name of the new center maybe a mouthful, it sits less than a mile away from the back entrance to Quantico Marine Corps Base.

The new educational center will offer classes in Informatics, Data Science and Bio Sciences, particularly as they relate to homeland security, defense and intelligence efforts, according to Stafford county officials. The idea behind the operation is to attract and retain a more educated workforce in Stafford County.

The new center is a partnership between the county, George Mason University, the University of Mary Washington and Germanna Community College and Fredericksburg land developer Silver Compaines.

According to plans outlined in county documents, Fredericksburg real estate developer and Quantico Corporate Center owner Silver Companies will contribute $315,000 toward the initial lease of the 1,400 square feet of academic center that just opened on the third floor at 800 Corporate Center Drive.

The floor space will serve as the initial academic research and tech center. Then, as part of the outlined agreement, Silver Companies will then donate up to two acres of land for the construction of a 30 to 40,000 square-foot building that will house a new tech and research center.

“The education provided by the center will give employees the skills sought after by the kind of businesses that bring jobs with higher salaries. In turn, that strengthens the local tax base,” said Aquia District Supervisor Paul Milde. “Over time, having our own research and technology park provides opportunities for partnerships between private industry and academia. The community and our local schools will be enhanced by these types of activities occurring in Stafford.”

(Submitted photo)

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