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Discover Western Prince William September 2018
~Nancy Griffi n-Bonnaire
City of Manassas Secures $13.75+ Million Investment
This past July, Governor Ralph Northam announced that Aurora Flight Sciences, a
pioneer in unmanned aircraft and autonomous fl ight, will invest more than $13.75 million
in the City of Manassas. The company is expanding its Manassas-based headquarters
to include a state-of-the-art robotics facility with a research and development lab, a
light manufacturing unit, professional offi ce space, and a hangar. This expansion is
creating an additional 135 high-paying jobs, adding to its 450-employee base.
"Aurora is a vital part of the Manassas business community
and exemplifi es everything a locality wants from its corporate
partners--steady growth, community engagement, and
great jobs," says Manassas Mayor Harry J. Parrish II.
"They're helping make us a regional employment center
with one of the highest percentages of high-wage jobs in
professional and technical services in Virginia, especially
for companies engaged in the fi elds of aerospace and
advanced manufacturing. I am honored that Aurora has
again chosen to expand its operations here."
The City of Manassas fosters economic development through collaborative partnerships,
sustainable fi scal management and supportive City services. Its Department of Economic
Development is directly responsible for business attraction, retention, expansion, and
tourism initiatives in the City. To learn more, visit
Manassas Installs a
Second 24/7 Medic Unit
The City of Manassas Fire and
Rescue Department installed its
second 24-hour medic unit in-
service at the Manassas Volunteer
Fire Company (Station 501). It
previously served as a daytime
medic unit but transitioned to the
24-hour shift model on September
3, joining the original 24-hour medic
unit at the Greater Manassas
Volunteer Rescue Squad. This squad and its volunteer members will continue to
supplement the City's emergency medical service transport services by staffi ng the
third transport during the evening hours, weekends, and holidays.
"This additional 24-hour medic unit provides the City with needed EMS coverage,
and I am extremely grateful to City Council, the City Manager, and our citizens for
supporting the funding of these new and upgraded positions," says Fire and Rescue
Chief Rob Clemons.
Mark Your Calendar for the 36th Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee
Even if it doesn't feel like fall yet, it's on the way, and with it comes a beloved tradition:
the Manassas Fall Jubilee. The 36th annual event will be held in Downtown Historic
Manassas on
October 6 (rain date for severe weather
only is October 13) from
10:00 a.m.­5:00 p.m.
This free, family-friendly event includes fun for
attendees of all ages, including more than 100
crafter and community booths, live music and
entertainment, and more. Bring your family and
friends, and don't forget to stop by the museum lawn
for more fun! To learn more, call
(703) 361-6599.
Evening Under the Stars is This Weekend!
Plan to attend the 21st Annual Evening Under the Stars this Saturday evening,
September 14 at Foxchase Manor (8310 Chatsworth Drive, Manassas). As always,
event proceeds benefi t Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which provides
advocates to more than 400 abused or neglected children annually.
Individual tickets are $250 and include plated
dinner, open bar, access to auction, and live
entertainment by Hotel California. Table
sponsors for $2,000 seat 10 people and
include all of the above. To learn more or
purchase tickets, visit
New Executive Director
at Project Mend-A-House
The Board of Directors of Project Mend-A-House (PMAH)
is thrilled to welcome Karen Mills as the nonprofi t's new
executive director. The previous Wheels for Wellness
employee brings a wealth of knowledge about working with
low-income seniors, veterans, and disabled individuals.
"We are excited to welcome Karen to Project Mend-
A-House," says board secretary Barbara Reese. "Her
enthusiasm and excitement about continuing our basic
work of home repairs will help our organization to assist
so many more residents. Currently we have three big
projects in progress, and Karen's skills will help us raise
the money we need to fi nish them."
Last year, PMAH volunteers served over 187 residents with nearly 500 tasks, including
home repairs and modifi cations. The organization remains committed to its mission
of helping people live safely and independently in their homes. To learn more, call
(703) 792-7663.
City of Manassas Residents: Avoid Lines--Pay Your Taxes Online!
The City of Manassas is pleased to announce that a newly
installed software system is making it easier for City residents
to pay their taxes online. By visiting the City's website,, citizens simply click the "Pay
My Bill" icon, scroll to the tax they wish to pay (personal
property or real estate), and follow the prompts to complete
While the Treasurer's Offi ce is always an option for in-
person payments from Monday­Friday, 8:30 a.m.­5:00 p.m., paying online is quick,
easy, and secure--and there are no lines!
In the near future, residents will eventually be able to pay for parking tickets,
dog licenses, permits, and utility bills through the same portal. To learn more,
Beep Beep! Here Comes the 43rd Annual Edgar Rohr Memorial
Antique Car Meet!
If you have an antique car to show or you like seeing them, head to the Manassas
Museum (9101 Prince William Street) on
September 15 from 10:00 a.m.­3:00 p.m.
for the 43rd Annual Edgar Rohr Memorial Antique Car Meet.
Originally known as the Bull Run Region Car Show, it was eventually renamed in memory
of Edgar Rohr, longtime Manassas business owner, volunteer, and public servant.
Over 150 vehicles are expected at this event, which is open to antique vehicles and
street rods dating up to 1993. Fifty "class" awards and 14 special awards will be
distributed. There will also be an antique car parts fl ea market, a car corral, Model T
Ford assembly demonstrations, door prizes,
a 50/50 raffl e, and a silent auction.
The event is free to spectators (garage parking
is available across the street). Enjoy a full
day in Downtown Historic Manassas with
nearby shopping, the farmer's market, and the
15th annual international food festival. Pre-
registration is encouraged but not required. To
learn more, call Bill Sessler at
(703) 368-2367.
Karen Mills
Your Business
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