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Two years ago, the big news in King George County was that North Carolina-based grocer Harris Teeter planned to build a $101 million distribution center, creating 335 jobs. But after many delays the company announced in August that it was dropping that plan because fuel costs had fallen and it had found cheaper warehouse space near its existing distribution centers.

Still, the county is adding a major new development, an education center in Dahlgren. Last summer the University of Mary Washington began construction of a $20.4 million building at the new UMW Dahlgren Campus, Center for Education and Research.

The two-story, 40,000-square-foot building will open its doors to students next year. It is near U.S. 301 on a 27-acre site that will support research and educational partnerships with the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren, other colleges and regional employers.

Five state universities are joining with UMW at the project: George Mason University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, along with the Naval Postgraduate School and Germanna and Rappahannock community colleges. 


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