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Community Updates from Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi

FRANKLY SPEAKING

SMART DEVELOPMENT FOR A MORE CONNECTED COMMUNITY When we talk about Smart Development in New Woodbridge, connectivity is key. In this type of development, communities are designed to be more compact, easily and safely traversed by foot or bicycle. Great thought is given to how people will live, work and play in their neighborhoods. In Smart Development, a mix of housing— apartments, townhomes, single family homes—welcomes all, from those starting their first jobs, to growing families, to retirees. Employment opportunities are in close proximity to these homes, which in turn are conveniently located to amenities such as schools, parks, entertainment, mass transit, churches and shopping. This type of planning enhances the quality of life in a number of ways: fostering a sense of community, supporting the local economy, reducing commute times, promoting walking and biking and lessening environmental impact. I am working with County planning officials, residents and civics groups to enhance that connectivity. We have identified missing links in sidewalks, trails and crosswalks, laying the groundwork for a 50-mile Pedestrian & Bicycle Network. Contd. p.2

IN THIS ISSUE.. ÂÂ Our Region's Global Reach (3) ÂÂ Be Heard! Town Hall Series (4)

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Learn more about your community, sooner. Visit NewWoodbridge.org to ÂÂ Police Complete 60-Day Body sign up for electronic Camera Testing (5) newsletters and VOTE... ÂÂ Blackburn Sidewalk community updates. ELECTION Project Approved (6) Also follow Facebook. DAY IS NOV. 8. com/NewWoodbridge. ÂÂ National Parks in ABSENTEE BALLOT Prince William (9) REQUESTS DUE ÂÂ Photo Contest Winner Questions? Comments? BY NOV. 1. Announced (10)

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Contd. from p.1 More than 30 segments were prioritized. Over time, we will eliminate the “sidewalks to nowhere,” and have ensured that safety features such as new crosswalks and stoplights with countdown timers are included in plans for the widening of Route 1.

While construction costs mandate that this will take time and be done in phases, we are tapping into resources from multiple funding streams including developer proffers, state and regional grants, and local tax dollars to build our network. Funding and plans are in place to build sidewalks and/or trails at the following locations in the next several years, with some projects at or nearing completion: • U.S. 1 between Annapolis Way to Neabsco Mills Road • Dale/Rippon Boulevard from Neabsco Mills Road across U.S. 1 • Opitz Boulevard from Mason Creek Drive to Potomac Library • Blackburn Road from Rippon Blvd and the Cow Branch Creek bridge • Blackburn Road from Reddy Drive to Featherstone Road There is also a work group of over 15 organizations—federal, state, and local government agencies and nonprofits—which signed an MOU to collaborate on construction of the 15-miles of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and boardwalk that run through the Woodbridge District. The matrix below provides a snapshot of our progress to date: Milestones

Completed

Under Construction

Design & Engineering

Legal Review

Planning

Trail Segments

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2

6

2

4

Miles

7.7

.01

4

1

4

Funding

Complete

Complete

Partial

Complete

TBD

Future Volunteer Work Projects

N/A

N/A

YES

N/A

TBD

Please join me in making New Woodbridge more pedestrian and bike friendly. Let me know where sidewalks and other enhancements are needed, by calling 703792-4646 or emailing tnoonan@pwcgov.org. I also encourage you to look for more ways to get involved by following Facebook.com/NewWoodbridge or joining the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association (learn how on page 10).

County Predicts Long Lines Nov. 8; Encourages Absentee Voting The Prince William County Office of Elections anticipates a large turnout at the polls, and is encouraging absentee voting by those who qualify. This includes commuters, first responders and active-duty military. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is Nov. 1; or Nov. 5 in person. To learn more, including polling locations and hours, visit PWCVOTES.com. 2

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Benchmarking Region's Global Reach

Reports Shows DC Areas Economic Strengths, Challenges Earlier this year, the Greater Washington Region entered a joint project of Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, the 12month Global Cities Initiative. The program provides regional leaders with “proven, actionable ideas for how to expand the global reach of their economies.” Supervisor Principi was appointed to serve on the Steering Committee with other regional leaders in government, business, and academia. Below are excerpts from its 2016 benchmarking report of the region. View the full report online at NewWoodbridge.org/global-cities. Greater Washington is a prosperous region, but its economic growth has slowed. The region’s $400 billion economic footprint relies heavily on services, particularly in the federal government sector, where spending accounts for 38 percent of regional output. That reliance on government poses a challenge for growth.

lack industrial diversity. Factors of slow growth include minimal diversification; of the 50 “advanced” industries, just five account for 87 percent of the region’s advanced industry jobs. Exports make up a relatively small share of the region's economy. The region’s $27 billion in exports and 220,000 related jobs in 2014 represented only 6 percent of its total GDP, second smallest among its peer regions. Greater Washington possesses strong underlying assets to fuel increased trade and investment, but they could be better leveraged toward more purposeful global engagement. Innovation, and infrastructure are the core Contd. p.4

Greater Washington’s economy could benefit from a more deliberate global orientation. Over the next five years, 86 percent of global economic growth is projected to occur outside the United States. Greater Washington has a considerable presence in advanced industries, but those sectors are growing slowly and Smart Development * Better Transportation * Strong Neighborhoods

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Global Cities Initiative Report Released assets that ultimately power trade and investment potential.

Contd. Contd. from p.3

The region's workforce is unrivaled in its educlation levels. A higher share of adults possess a college degree than in all other major U.S. metro areas. Greater Washington is a major global aviation center, but its residents face long commutes. In 2014, Ronald Reagan and Dulles airports moved 57 million passengers. However, the region faces the slowest average commute time among its peer regions. Strengthening infrastructure connections globally while improving connectivity regionally could facilitate increased global trade and investment.

Regional collaboration may foster growth. Looking outward to global economic possibilities may present Greater Washington’s public, private, and civic sector leaders with a unifying agenda that lends itself to working more easily across jurisdictional lines. It may also point toward discrete topics and initiatives that may enable jurisdictions to “collaborate to compete” globally, and grow in ways that provide greater opportunities and a higher quality of life for all residents. Businesses interested in exploring or expanding exportation of goods and services can contact Supervisor Principi's office for assistance: 703-792-4646. Follow New Woodbridge for GCI updates.

YOUR NEW WOODBRIDGE: A TOWNHALL SERIES ON TRANSPORTATION, DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION Join Supervisor Principi to explore pressing questions facing our community. Hear updates, and share ideas for improvements. You may even influence whether or not pending applications for new development get approved. The first town hall, "Get Woodbridge Moving," looked at transportation solutions; find highlights on NewWoodbridge.org. Reserve your space for the remaining series sessions: New Woodbridge: Vision & Economic Impact Thursday, November 10 7-9 pm @Homewood Suites | 2650 Neabsco Commons Place Classroom Overcrowding: Rethinking School Development Thursday, December 8 7-9 pm @Harbour View Events Center | 13200 Marina Way

Free to attend. RSVP at NewWoodbridge.org/calendar, or call 703-792-4646. 4

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BETTER TRANSPORTATION

PRTC Celebrates 30 Years of Public Transit The inaugural meeting of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission was called to order on August 6, 1986, at the Log Cabin Restaurant in Stafford County. The commission’s first few years were filled with planning for the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and the local bus service that would later be named OmniLink. Since then, PRTC and its transit services have grown by leaps and bounds. Following are some milestones of public transit in Prince William County: Â1992 Â - 1st VRE trains roll out with service to 16 stations Â1995 Â - 4 feeder bus routes serve VRE stations, OmniLink local begins Â2002 Â - OmniRide carries more than 1 million passengers Â2006 Â - PRTC introduces OmniRide service to Rosslyn and Ballston Â2007 Â - Bicycle racks installed on all local and Metro Direct buses Â2008 Â - PRTC begings accepting electronic SmarTrip cards as payment Â2009 Â - Launch of Tysons Express, service between Woodbridge and Tysons Â2016 Â - VRE carries 4.4 million passengers in FY2016; 2.8 million on buses Looking ahead, future plans include a new facility on the western side of Prince William County, along with a new route from Gainesville to the Pentagon. PRTC has come a long way in 30 years and anticipates bigger and better changes for the future to meet the needs of our growing community. Here's to 30 years of “Moving Forward for the Community!”

Police Complete 60-day Test of Body-Worn Cameras Last year, the Board of County Supervisors approved funding for a Prince William County Police Department pilot project on body-worn cameras. The department recently completed a 60-day field trial with approximately 30 cameras. Test results are being reviewed and evaluated by the department and internal stakeholders, and will be presented to the Board for its consideration and direction. Follow Facebook.com/NewWoodbridge for updates as they become available. Smart Development * Better Transportation * Strong Neighborhoods

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County Hires New Transportation Director: Ricardo Canizales Following a nationwide search, the Board of County Supervisors announced Ricardo Canizales as the County's new Transportation Director. Canizales has worked for the County's Department of Transportation for 14 years, where most recently, he was responsible for the management and operation of the Transportation Plan-

ning and Programming Division. Before working for the county, Canizales was employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission. “I am honored that the Board has given me this opportunity,” said Canizales. “Prince William County is my home, and I’m excited to continue working on the transportation facilities and multimodal systems needed to serve and support our community.”

Route 1 Improvements Continue Get Updates on "New Woodbridge"

SUPERVISORS APPROVE BLACKBURN ROAD SIDEWALK PROJECT After years of work by Supervisor Principi, on Oct. 4, the Board of County Supervisors

Progress continues up and down the Route 1 corridor, with work now started from Annapolis Way to Marys Way. VDOT has taken down eyesores like the old EconoLodge, Virginia Inn and BP Gas Station, and completed segments of the revitalization project, giving a preview of things to come: six lanes, improved crosswalks, stoplights on countdown timers, mixed-use trails and sidewalks.

approved a contract with Tavares Concrete Company for the Blackburn Road sidewalk project. Principi expressed thanks to the PWC Department of Transportation for understanding the importance of this project, which involves design and construction of 500 feet of new sidewalk on Blackburn Road, from Rippon Boulevard to Cow Branch Bridge. It will include utility

For regular updates on lane closures and night work, follow Facebook.com/NewWoodbridge or visit NewWoodbridge.org. You can also call 703-792-4646 with questions. 6

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relocation, environmental mitigation and right-of-way acquisition. This project is another step forward in Principi’s goal of eliminating the “sidewalks to nowhere."

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Discover the Hylton Performing Arts Center Submitted by Marda Robillard, HPAC Executive Board Vice-Chair Many of our friends and neighbors in eastern Prince William either haven’t heard or taken advantage of the County’s cultural gem, the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. The copper-clad, 85,000 square feet facility boasts beautiful and unique spaces, including an opera house and black box theatre, and is home to both world-class performances and community arts groups. I encourage you to find a way to embrace the arts at this stunning venue.

Nov. 11 - Jazz 4 Justice™:Tribute to the Greatest Generation Nov. 27 - Windham Hill: A Winter Solstice Concert

The center was born out of collaboration: Prince William County, the City of Manassas, George Mason University, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, along with many generous private donors and local businesses, brought the Hylton Performing Arts Center from a dream to a reality, with a vision for being the creative commons of a vibrant region, inspiring the community to express its voice by participating in the Center's work as artists, audiences and lifelong learners. It is a shining example of what a successful community partnership can achieve.

Please also tell friends and family to visit, donate and follow us on Facebook. You can also rent our facility, or give and help grow our fundraising base so we may continue to offer “arts for all” in your own backyard.

There is something for everyone at the Hylton Center. Upcoming shows include: Oct. 28 - Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete History of America (abridged)Nov. 1 - Matinee Idylls: Marcolivia: Symphonic Conversations Nov. 9 - U.S. Army Band "Pershings Own"

View more events at Hyltoncenter.org. You can also call 888-945-2468 or, better yet, come by the box office in person and check out this amazing state-of-the-art facility. For subscriptions, call 703-9937700.

Woodbridge Community Choir Marks 50 Years of Making Music Founded by the late Lillian Erotida Gaskell in 1966, the Woodbridge Community Choir holds no auditions; the only requirement is a love of singing. All concerts are free, and held at the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Auditorium in Woodbridge. You are invited to attend a special anniversary concert series, Dec. 3 at 8 pm and Dec. 4 at 3 pm. Learn more: woodbridgecommunitychoir.org, and view the full Prince William Living article at bit.ly/woodbridgechoir.

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Social Services: Support, Protection, Safety Submitted by Joe Meyer, PWC Department of Social Services Advisory Board The Prince William County Department of Social Services (DSS) Advisory Board is made up of eight county residents, one for each magisterial district plus one at-large member, appointed by the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS). The Advisory Board interests itself in matters related to the DSS mission of enhancing quality of life by affording individuals and families the support, protection and safety necessary to enable them to build self-reliant lives.

when available. When Affordable Care Act regulations mandated that departments of social services review more applications, Virginia made additional funds available to localities, and our DSS increased its budget proportionately. Under the Advisory Board’s recommendation, the BOCS passed this increase unanimously, enabling DSS to add 7.5 full-time equivalent positions, without using additional County funds. There's many ways you can support some of our most important work:

I have served on the Advisory Board since May 2015. I am also Executive Director & CEO of Shelter House, Inc., advocating for homeless and domestic violence services.

Homelessness: Landlords, realtors, those renting rooms, are invited to join the “Continuum of Care” for more affordable housing: bit.ly/pwchomelessness.

One way the Advisory Board support social services is by positioning the County to receive additional resources

Child and Adult Protective Services: Report concerns, anonymously and confidentially: 703-792-4200, or 1-800-

Design Public Hearing: Route 1 Widening Wed., Nov. 16 7-9 pm @Fred Lynn Middle School 1650 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge, VA 22191 The Prince William County Department of Transportation will conduct an open forum public hearing on the proposed location and design of the Route 1 Widening Project, which would widen Featherstone Road to Mary’s Way, to six divided lanes. To arrange a preview of information at 5 County Complex, call 703-792-6822. You can give your comments at the meeting, or submit them to sdjouharian@PWCgov.org by Dec. 16, 2016, using “Route 1 PH Comments” as the subject line. 8

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552-7096 outside of business hours. Fatherhood Initiative: Create meaningful activities for fathers and children: 703-792-7592. Juvenile Detention Center: Thanks to an $18,000 grant, County staff are being trained in how to move from a punish-

ment-based philosophy to focus on treatment and rehabilitation. Volunteers needed to guide youth through treatment and mentoring: 703-792-8300. Molinari Shelter for Youth: Mentors are needed for this short-term, residential placement for youth charged with a nondelinquent offense: 703-792-8261.

100 Years of National Parks...Celbrate here in Prince William Celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service right here in Prince William, where we are fortunate to have several NPS parks and a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. 33 33 33 33

Prince William Forest Park: 18100 Park Headquarters Rd., Triangle Featherstone NWR: 12638 Darby Brook Ct., Woodbridge Occoquan Bay NWR: 14050 Dawson Beach Rd., Woodbridge Manassas National Battlefield Park: 6511 Sudley Rd., Manassas

Share your park photos at Facebook.com/NewWoodbridge and tag them #NPSinPW, for a chance to win the fall photo contest. Smart Development * Better Transportation * Strong Neighborhoods

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YOUR NEW WOODBRIDGE

How You Can Bring the Vision to Life The central pillars of the vision for a New Woodbridge—Smart Development, Better Transportation and Strong Neighborhoods—reflect the top concerns and goals that community members express for our neighborhoods. As such, it’s a shared vision for reaching our full potential, and each and every one of us can play a role in bringing it to life. An easy way to get started is to get involved with the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association. Supervisor Principi and his staff work closely with this busy citizen’s group that addresses issues such as land use, environment, transportation and development. All are welcome to visit the Association’s monthly meetings and hands-on activities, which range from

river clean-ups to installing “Excuse Our Mess” signs in construction zones. Drop in on an Association gathering, or join online, to get more involved. There’s no charge to participate. You’ll make a difference, and meet like-minded neighbors who are directly shaping the future of our community. Go to NewWoodbridge.org/WoodbridgeCivicAssociation to learn more and to sign up for free membership.

Photo Contest Winner, Blossum Barrera Thank you to all who submitted photos of springtime in Woodbridge, and congratulations to our contest winner, Blossum Barrera, who captured the natural beauty of our community. For the fall photo contest, visit a National Park in Prince William (list on p.9) and share your photos at Facebook.com/NewWoodbridge, with tag #NPSinPW. The winner will have their picture featured in the next New Woodbridge Vision newsletter. 10

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Here are three of the easies ways to stay connected to the latest and greatest in New Woodbridge: 1. Visit NewWoodbridge.org for news from Supervisor Principi, local events and more 2. Follow Facebook.com/NewWoodbridge to interact with others in the community, ask questions and get daily community updates. 3. Sign-up for email news: newwb.org/nwbvision

Upcoming Events Early Days of PWC @Rippon Lodge Nov. 12, 11 am-4 pm 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge MOBC Gospel Concert @Freedom HS Nov. 13, 4:30 pm 15201 Neabsco Mills Road, Woodbridge Reading to Dogs @Potomac Library Nov. 17, 4:30-5:30 pm 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge Holiday Silent Auction @Weems-Botts Nov. 19, 6:30-9:00 pm 3944 Cameron Street, Dumfries WinterFest! @Tackett's Mill Dec. 10, 11 am - 6 pm 2241 Tackett's Mill Drive, Lake Ridge Find more local activities, and post your own community events, online: NewWoodbridge.org/Calendar

Freeze Bullying, October 29 In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, Payton's Project is holding “Freeze Bullying for Payton Walk, Run, or Roll." Come join others to create awareness and give hope to those dealing with bullying. Free to attend: bit.ly/freezebullying. Meals on Wheels Seeks Volunteers The Prince William Area Agency on Aging offers nutritious meals to older adults through two programs: Meals on Wheels and Lunch at the Senior Center. All meals for both are freshly prepared on site by resident chefs, and menus are reviewed by certified dieticians. Currently, the agency is seeking volunteers to help with the Meals on Wheels program. Learn more: bit.ly/agencyonaging.

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