Groundbreaking for Veterans Care Center

Excerpted from Fauquier Times, John Toler

A large and enthusiastic group of veterans, state political leaders, Fauquier County officials and others gathered at Vint Hill on Thursday afternoon for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Puller Veterans Care Center.

Scheduled to open in late 2019, the 128-bed facility on 30 acres has been designed to provide high quality care for Virginia veterans in a home-like setting. Also included are spaces for physical and occupational therapy and a pharmacy.

It is named for the family of the late  U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller (1898-1971), USMC, who served in actions in Central America, World War II and Korea; his son Lt. Lewis B. Puller Jr. (1945-1994), a Marine who served in Vietnam, where he was seriously wounded; and Lewis Jr’s. wife, Linda T. “Toddy” Puller (D), who served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1992-1999 and the Senate from 1999-2015. Mrs. Puller is remembered as “the Senate’s most forceful and authoritative voice for veterans’ issues.”

Richard Gerhardt, chairman of the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, represented the Fauquier County officials involved in the bringing the state-owned and -operated veterans care center to Vint Hill. “As a community that treasures our veterans and their families, this is an honor we don’t take lightly,” said Gerhardt. “This will allow us to further support our veterans in Fauquier County.”

Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins, a lieutenant colonel in the Virginia Army National Guard, introduced the keynote speaker, Gov. Terry R. McAuliffe. “He has never stopped working from day one that we have the most military-friendly state in the nation,” noted Hopkins.

McAuliffe listed several veterans’ support programs initiated during his term, as well as now having 30 Veterans’ Service Offices throughout the commonwealth. He was especially proud that Virginia was designated the first state to be certified by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development “…to have functionally ended veteran homelessness in our state.” So far, 3,189 homeless veterans have been moved into permanent housing, according to the governor.


Congressman Robert Hurt Visits MEC-Fauquier

Congressman Robert Hurt dropped by the Mason Enterprise Center-Fauquier on August 20th for a visit with a couple of Veterans who were receiving employment counseling with Michael Barnes, a Veterans’ representative of the Virginia Employment Commission. Impressed with growth of the MEC business incubation center, Hurt also asked to revisit CoWorking, an onsite workspace for independent networking.

Barrie Newman, Congressman Hurt, and Michael Barnes

Barrie Newman, Congressman Hurt, and Michael Barnes

Veteran Leon Grzech and Congressman Hurt

Veteran Leon Grzech and Congressman Hurt

Employment Services Assistance Available for Veterans

Discover – Fauquier — Sept. 2014: 36
If you know a local veteran in search of a job, there’s a unique service available. Veterans from all periods of military service are eligible for job referral, job training, and job placement assistance the through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). As a community outreach service, the VEC-Charlottesville Veterans’ Rep will be available at the Mason Enterprise Center (70 Main Street, Warrenton) on September 18 as well as the third Thursday of every month from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
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Business incubator to host job-search program for Fauquier veterans

Fauquier Times — Jul. 17, 2014
The Mason Enterprise Center in Warrenton will host a job-search program for military veterans, in a new push from Fauquier County’s government to do right by the active and retired service members who form a significant portion of the population.
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A Wealthy of Opportunity at the Mason Enterprise Center

Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine — Jul. 2014
The Mason Enterprise Center program, with offices in Springfield, Fairfax, Leesburg, Manassas, and as of2013, Warrenton, has an unparallelled history of providing groundbreaking facilities and assistance to Virginia’s newest business owners. The direct result of this program: 21,000 new jobs have been created throughout the region. As George Mason’s newest business development community, the training and resources available in Warrenton through the enterprise center positions Fauquier County in an ideal posture for economic growth and opportunity. Unlike typical executive suites, the program is designed to be a true incubator.
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Hospice of the Rapidan opens office on Main Street Warrenton

Fauquier Times — Jun. 23, 2014
The Mason Enterprise Center business incubator in Old Town has picked up a new, high-profile occupant.
Hospice of the Rapidan has opened a new location at 70 Main Street, Suite 23, to better serve residents of Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties. From this new site, hospice nurses and staff members will have easier access to local patients, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
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Rep. Robert Hurt: Benghazi inquiry shouldn’t be political

Fauquier Times — May. 15, 2014
Hurt, who represents most of Fauquier County, was in Warrenton to visit the Mason Enterprise Center business incubator.
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GMU, county government open business incubator

FauquierNow — Mar. 31, 2014
Fauquier entrepreneurs have a new place to grow fledgling businesses.
The Mason Enterprise Center opened early this month at 70 Main St. in Warrenton.
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Mason Enterprise Center to rent on Main Street

Fauquier Times — Nov. 15, 2013
Businesses in Fauquier County look like they will have a new friend in downtown Warrenton soon.
On Thursday, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors permitted the county’s Economic Development Department to negotiate a spot in the 70 Main Street building for the new Mason Enterprise Center.
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Business incubator could open soon in Warrenton

FauquierNow — Nov. 21, 2013
George Mason University could open a business incubator in Old Town Warrenton by February.
Fauquier County Economic Development Director Miles Friedman will present a lease for the space to the board of supervisors Dec. 12.
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Business incubator sites identified in Warrenton

Fauquier Times — Aug. 10, 2013
The Fauquier County Board of Supervisors got its first look Thursday at possible locations for the George Mason University Mason Enterprise Center.
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3 Warrenton sites studied for business incubator

FauquierNow — Aug. 9, 2013
Fauquier’s supervisors this week expressed enthusiastic but guarded support for creation of a business incubator/accelerator that could represent a multimillion-dollar investment.
Economic Development Director Miles Friedman outlined three options for housing the center, which the county would operate in cooperation with George Mason University.
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Trio of Warrenton sites identified for new business incubator

Fauquier Times — Jul. 24, 2013
The Fauquier County Economic Development team has helped identify three potential sites in Warrenton for a new Mason Enterprise Center, according to department Director Miles Friedman.
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Fauquier supervisors will hear MEC presentation Thursday

Fauquier Times — May. 8, 2013
On Thursday afternoon, MEC Executive Director Keith B. Segerson and Fauquier County Economic Development Director Miles Friedman will give a presentation on the MEC to the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors.
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