The Fredericksburg Regional Alliance at the University of Mary Washington is a 501C-6 public-private partnership marketing the region to economic development prospects. We offer a variety of investor benefits from recognition to opportunities to interact with many political and business leaders throughout the region.
All investors receive recognition on our website. Since August, FRA’s website has been viewed over 17,000 times and had over 12,500 sessions with visitors from all over the world and nation. Our Investors page has an average time spent of 2 minutes and 13 seconds, which is one of the longest viewed pages on our website. From a regional point of view there is no other website that offers the demographic, location, and quality of life information that makes our website attractive to potential prospects looking to locate to the region. In combination with website traffic, the FRA offers social media notoriety as well. Since launching our twitter page in September of 2014, we have gained 188 followers and made over 31,600 impressions. Fifteen percent of our followers are in real estate and over fifty-four percent of our followers are located in the Washington D.C. area. We project to have over 450 followers by September of 2015, 70 or more will be associated with the real estate market.
FRA also hosts a number of events throughout the year that investors are invited to participate in. Last November we hosted a briefing by Dr. Stephen Farnsworth of UMW to review and analyze the recent elections. In early March we will be hosting a briefing for investors and our Board of Directors on “Demographic Trends and Implications” led by Dr. Lance Gentry of the College of Business at UMW. Later in the month our Board will be inviting the members of City Council, Boards of Supervisors and EDA members, as well as our investors to a presentation by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership on “ED 101 Post the Great Recession”.
All investors are listed in our annual report and invited to participate in our annual meeting, which typically draws approximately 175 business and political leaders. Additionally, we provide a quarterly newsletter to all stakeholders on our work and topics of interest.
These benefits are reviewed and refined annually by our Board of Directors.