County Stakes Its Claim

To Presidents Cup

Prince William County officials have a message for television broadcasters working during the Presidents Cup golf event this fall: Don't say the event is being held in Manassas or Gainesville.

The county is providing security guards, fire and rescue teams and speedy delivery of permits for all the tents and concession stands needed for the competition.

In exchange for its support, county officials want sports reporters to say the game is being played in Prince William County.

"We're trying to remove the words Manassas and Gainesville from their vocabularies," said George Burger, general chairman of the 2005 Presidents Cup.

The event is being held Sept. 20 to 25 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, which is located in Gainesville. But Prince William County is considered the official site of the tournament, Burger said.

As part of that official designation, the county will be mentioned in a Rolex advertisement published in about 150,000 programs and on 10 million Coca-Cola and Diet Coke cans distributed to consumers in the eastern United States.

The game will be broadcast to 1.4 million homes worldwide and will generate 26 hours of live television coverage, Burger said.

This marketing blitz will help the image of the county, officials said.

"It's going to put Prince William County on the map," Sean T. Connaughton, chairman of Prince William's Board of County Supervisors, said of the event. "I think it's another sign that Prince William County has arrived."

The city of Manassas also will provide bottled water from Lake Manassas, Burger said.

"When Tiger Woods reaches into the cooler, Lake Manassas water is coming out," Burger said.

About 20,000 people are expected to attend each day of the event; participants will occupy rooms in 10 area hotels, Burger said.

More Occupants, Jobs Coming to Industrial Park

The county's industrial park will gain more occupants and jobs. Applied Materials will occupy 6,540 square feet at 9840 Innovation Dr., inside Innovation@Prince William. The company, which supplies products and services to the semiconductor industry, will invest about $500,000 in the facility and employ 10 people, according to the county's economic development department.

Baker Energy and Engineering will lease 4,000 square feet at 9400 Innovation Dr. The professional services firm, a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Michael Baker Corp., will initially create six jobs.

County Issues Guide

For Business Owners

Relocating to Prince William County?

County officials hope to convince business owners to move into the county and help existing businesses grow with their new publication: "Doing Business in Prince William County -- A Guide to Business Requirements and Resources." The publication includes information on such topics as air pollution and zoning, and will be available this month.

Schoolchildren Tour

Woodbridge Credit Union

More than 50 schoolchildren recently learned about saving money during a tour of the Fort Belvoir Federal Credit Union. Children from the Minnieland Private Day School and Christian Hope Early Development Center attended the "Fun With Money" program at the Woodbridge facility. Children watched the coin and bill counting machines and learned to recognize currency. In the 2005 school year, the credit union staff presented 32 financial literacy education programs to more than 750 students.


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The Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, site of the Presidents Cup golf competition in September, is in Gainesville, but county officials are emphasizing that it's a Prince William event.