Science Accelerator expands with web lab space

A new facility at Innovation Technology Park in Manassas will provide wet lab space for growing life sciences companies.

The Science Accelerator was launched through a public-private partnership among the Prince William County Department of Economic Development, Rinker Design Associates and NAL Research. The county will hold the master lease for the space and enter into licensing agreements with life sciences companies.

“With the groundbreaking research occurring here in personalized medicine and biodefense, we believe that there is exceptional opportunity for more biosciences industry growth here in Prince William County,” Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large) said. “We expect this industry to be one of the key job-growth generators for the next generation.”

Space is available for custom build-out in the Prince William Science Accelerator. For information, call 703-792-5500, e-mail econdev@pwcgov.org or visit www.accelerate.pwcecondev.org .

Ethanol train terminal in Dumfries to serve N.Va.

Eco-Energy Holdings, a biofuel supply chain company, and NuStar Terminals Operations Partnership, the second-largest independent liquids terminal operator in the country, have partnered to develop an ethanol unloading, storage and outbound truck loading facility in Dumfries.

The ethanol unit train terminal, which will serve Northern Virginia and the District, will have a storage capacity of about 155,000 barrels of ethanol and will be able to distribute more than 400,000 barrels a month.

“As we considered the right location for this project, Prince William County quickly emerged as the front-runner,” Pete McKinney of Eco-Energy said. “With access to multiple rail providers and two major interstates, Prince William County is an ideal location from which to serve mid-Atlantic markets.”

The project is projected to bring 10 to 15 jobs to the area.

Tourism agency sponsors contest showcasing area

Novice and professional photographers are invited to enter the Best of 2012 Photo Contest, sponsored by Discover Prince William and Manassas, the county’s tourism marketing agency.

The agency is interested in seeing how residents and visitors captured events, historic sites and anything else relating to Manassas and the county this year.

A grand prize winner will receive $500, and three runners-up will receive prize packages, including a Civil War Experience Pass for two. Winners will be determined by the number of votes received on Facebook.

All photographs might be used on Discover Prince William and Manassas’ Web site, Facebook and Twitter pages, and in the 2013 Visitor Guide. The deadline is Jan. 18.

For information and to enter, visit www.manassasbullrun.com, www.visitpwc.com or www.Facebook.com/pwcmanassas.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane