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CONTACT: Ginny Person Communications, Marketing & Research Manager Prince William County Department of Economic Development Email: gperson@pwcgov.org | Phone: 703.792.5500

Over 100 Serious Game Design Industry Leaders to gather in Prince William County for 7th Annual Game-based and Simulation Learning Conference

July 14, 2017 – Prince William County, Va. –  Prince William County Department of Economic Development is proud to sponsor this year’s industry-leading Serious Play Conference taking place on July 18-20, 2017, at the George Mason University Science & Technology Campus, Prince William County, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.

More than 100 thought leaders driving the adoption of game-based and simulation learning will gather to share experiences in implementing serious games.  They represent leading public and private institutions including the U.S. DOD, private industry sectors and higher education, according to a press release.  DOD training leads, contractors, state and local government CIOs will share what they’ve learned training the country’s armed forces with developers and instructional designers from the serious games industry.  This year’s speakers include training personnel from the Office of National Intelligence; the Center for Deployment Psychology; Defense University; UCF; OPM; contractors from the Veterans Affairs Administration, the Army and the Navy; police departments; prisons; as well as companies implementing gamification programs, healthcare providers, researchers, developers, instructional designers and K-12 faculty using games in education, according to Serious Play.

A significant and growing science and technology research hub, Prince William County serves more than 9,000 businesses and is expected to lead Northern Virginia’s Economic Growth over the next five years with nearly 17 percent of the entire growth in the region, according to the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, cites Potomac Local.

George Mason University (Mason), the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, headquartered in Northern Virginia located its Science & Technology Campus in Prince William County’s Innovation Park, which today serves as a ‘growth catalyst’ for Life Science and Technology startups and entrepreneurs.  Two prominent examples of successful public-private enterprise are the Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI) and the Prince William Science Accelerator.  These new and innovative facilities offer start-up companies the opportunity to lease space, common areas and share equipment, while benefitting from the intellectual capacity, knowledge sharing and mentorship at Mason. 

Contact us to find out how serious Prince William County is in Game Design, Simulation and Modelling at the Serious Play Conference or plan to meet our very own George Harben, Director Existing Business at the event!

NOTES TO EDITORS:

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  • Located less than 20 miles from the nation’s capital, Prince William County encompasses a total area of 348 square miles.
  • Prince William County’s favorable blend of large land parcels, multi-use zoned sites, incentives, reliable power and ample fiber optic availability coupled with the lowest programmable computer taxes in the region, make it an ideal location for businesses seeking a location in the Mid-Atlantic region. 
  • 75% of Northern Virginia’s 1.5 million workers live within a 30 minute one-way commute to the center of Prince William County during rush hour.
  • Prince William County provides access to an outstanding talent pool of highly-skilled, culturally diverse labor; 42% of the workforce has 4-year degrees.
  • Prince William County carries a AAA bond rating from all three of the major credit ratings agencies (Fitch, Moody’s and S&P).

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The Prince William County Department of Economic Development offers services to support and promote existing business expansion and attract new businesses to PWC. For more information, the Department of Economic Development can be reached via email at econdev@pwcgov.org, via phone at (703) 792-5500, or via fax at (703) 792-5502.