It is my pleasure to welcome you to Prince George County, Virginia. We were voted as one of the Top 50 Workplaces in the Richmond region in 2014 and 2015. If you are just visiting our website, we think you will find our County a fantastic place to live or locate a business. In July 2017, Prince George County will celebrate our 314th anniversary and Fort Lee will celebrate 100 years of training our nation’s troops. We believe our vision statement truly reflects our County, “A global community where families thrive and businesses prosper.” If you are one of the County’s 37,000 + residents, you already know our County is a great place to live, work and raise a family.
When established in 1703, Prince George County encompassed an area from where the Appomattox River joins the James River, south and west to the North Carolina line and to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Today this area is divided into 17 counties and 4 cities. Our County is rich in history from the first days of Captain John Smith’s exploration of the new world through the Civil War. President Lincoln spent two weeks in Prince George County just before the fall of Petersburg and Richmond as the Civil War was ending.
Prince George County operates with five elected Supervisors under the traditional Board form of government. The Board has legislative responsibilities to include adopting ordinances and resolutions which govern the County. The Board also has administrative responsibilities such as levying taxes, establishing a budget, appropriation of funds, and general oversight of the operations of County government. A County Administrator oversees the day to day operations of the County. The Administrator, with the approval of the Board, has established Personnel Rules and Administrative Regulations for the County workforce to follow.
Prince George County is proud of its rural heritage. Our Comprehensive Plan recognizes this and works to preserve our farm land while designating specific areas in the northern portions of the County for business development. Our industrial park has many internationally known businesses, such as ACE Hardware Distribution Center, Goya Foods Distribution Center, and the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe Centre facility. We are also home to the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). The industrial park is served by three Interstate Highways, US Route 460, the Port of Virginia and Norfolk Southern railroad which makes the transportation of products very easy in all directions.
The County is proud to have Fort Lee Army Base within its jurisdictional boundaries. The Fort is self-sufficient on most items. The County serves Fort Lee residents through our Social Services Department, certain matters in our court system, our local libraries, and most importantly, our County School System educates on average over 2,000 military students each year. The Fort is a major logistical training base and is home to the Army Combined Arms Support Command and the Sustainment Center of Excellence. It is also Headquarters for the Defense Commissary Agency, the Defense Contract Management Agency, the Army Logistics University, and many other smaller Agencies. Located on Post are the Army Quartermaster Museum and the Army Women's Museum. Fort Lee institutional schools provide Advanced Individual Training in many military occupational specialties for all branches of our military. The Fort has a daily average military and civilian work force of 27,164 on post.
As a County, we realize the world is constantly changing. We know we must not only govern for today, but also establish a road map for continued successful progress 5, 10, 20 years into the future. We feel we are accomplishing this goal through the Board's Strategic Plan, the County's Comprehensive Plan, and the Economic Development Strategic Plan. Prince George County has a lot to offer both its residents and the business community.
On behalf of the Board of Supervisors and the County Administration, I want to thank you for visiting our County website. Whether you live here or are just visiting, we are certain Prince George County has a lot to offer you.
William “Bill” Robertson
Chairman, Board of Supervisors