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Firm to craft strategic plan for Stafford tech park

A Charlottesville-based consulting firm will help Stafford County craft a strategic plan for its Technology and Research Park initiative.

Stafford’s Economic Development Authority on Friday approved a contract with Axcel Innovation LLC to conduct an assessment of Quantico and a plan for the technology and research park that will help bring jobs to the area.

The first phase of the work is expected to take four months and will cost $112,000; Virginia’s Federal Action Contingency Fund and Stafford’s Opportunity Fund will each contribute $56,000.

The technology and research park currently consists of a small office suite in one of the Quantico Corporate Center office buildings where locally based high-tech government contractors can take training classes.

But Stafford officials and their university and corporate partners have larger ambitions for the park, including creating an environment where new technologies can be developed for the law enforcement, military, federal contractor and intelligence communities.

Last summer Stafford paid $3.4 million for 13 acres adjacent to the Quantico Corporate Center and along Interstate 95 and Telegraph Road for the future tech park.

Stafford has been working on the concept for the park along with the University of Mary Washington, Germanna Community College, George Mason University and ManTech International.