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July 18, 2013

Fauquier County releases business promo video

VIDEO: The presentation highlights Fauquier history, wineries, horse sports and location.
Here in Fauquier County, we are aggressively seeking the types of business that fit in with the unique character of our county.
— Holder Trumbo, board of supervisors chairman
Fauquier County government this week released its economic development promotional video.

The six-minute video, produced last year, premiered Tuesday, July 16, on YouTube.

It features testimonials from:

• Trey Austin of ARMI (Austin Real Estate Management & Investments).

• Tony Tedeschi of Piedmont Press & Graphics.

• Jackie Hitchcock of Mojitos & Tapas Restaurant & Bar.

• Jimmy Yang of Universal Stones.

The video highlights Fauquier’s history, wineries, quality of life, equestrian events, housing options, transportation network and proximity to Metropolitan Washington.

“Here in Fauquier County, we are aggressively seeking the types of business that fit in with the unique character of our county,” board of supervisors Chairman Holder Trumbo (Scott District) says near the video’s end.

Mr. Trumbo specifically mentions tourism, technology, light manufacturing, telecommuting, government contracting and research and development.

The board of supervisors last week increased the Department of Economic Development’s marketing budget by about $58,000. That brings the total to about $70,000 a year.

Last year, the county spent about $7,500 for the video, including 20 copies. But, after a preview screening, the supervisors asked for some edits.

The updated video excludes a previous panoramic view of the Paris Valley, including a barn owned by Martha Boneta, who has filed suit against the county because officials cited her for zoning violations.
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nova_gjones · July 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm
I am confused. This video promotes Fauquier as a great place for business. However, if an investor were to come here and see the bickering over just the wine ordinance, are they going to think this is a great place for business? I don't think so. The Media outside Fauquier has not given the kindest reviews of Fauquier or Warrenton.

Uh....No · July 22, 2013 at 9:27 am
I agree with Ms. Trumbo .................. Southern Fauquier does not fit the county image.

Perhaps southern Fauquier should consider succession from the rest of the county ..................... now there is an interesting subject.

Mark Fitzgibbons · July 19, 2013 at 6:42 am
The county's video promotes wines, which is fine, but the county is so anti-winery that it was sued by about a dozen wineries. It shows farmland, but the county passed an ordinance that restricts and hurts sales at small farms. It claims that the county is business friendly, yet the county hassles small businesses -- some resulting "coincidentally" in IRS audits. The county is in the red, plays games on property taxes, and needs to be audited, particularly for how it has used housing and other grant money. The county people are wonderful. Its government leaders, however, need to be probed.
bestbet · July 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm
Be caredul how you deal business with CHINA- been there and done that!
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