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Meet Jo Gehlbach, PWAR’s Government Affairs Coordinator. Jo GehlbachEach week, Jo provides you with the latest information, news and important legislation for the Prince William County and surrounding areas. As the Government Affairs Coordinator, Jo advocates on behalf of REALTOR® members at the General Assembly and on the local level. She conducts research on a variety of policy issues,  fundraises for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), and tracks elections affecting PWAR REALTOR® members.

Trust us, Jo Knows! Have a question for Jo? Please contact her at jgehlbach@rarealtors.com.

Are You Registered to Vote?

To increase REALTOR® participation and influence in the political process, the REALTOR® Association of Prince William has launched a voter registration drive among our members.  While you may be registered to vote, we would like you [...]

October 7th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows, Recent News|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 9.23.16

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY  Candland wants to abolish schools revenue-sharing agreement Candland wants to abolish schools revenue-share agreement The Republican on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors wants to abolish the revenue sharing agreement — [...]

September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 8.19.16

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY Prince William County hires new transportation director Following a nationwide search and competitive hiring process, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors announced Ricardo Canizales as the new transportation director. Canizales has [...]

August 19th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 8.5.16

TRANSPORTATION Metro moving forward with plan to use Uber; Lyft for paratransit services This fall Metro will officially open the bidding process for contractors to provide paratransit services, providing an alternative to MetroAccess, its door-to-door [...]

August 5th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 7.19.16

TRANSPORTATION State wins grant to extend E-ZPass Express Lanes to Fredericksburg Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is celebrating today, announcing the state won a $165 million federal FASTLANE grant to improve transportation along Interstate 95 and [...]

July 19th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 7.1.16

The Interstate 95 merge for the southbound regular lanes and express lanes in Stafford County often creates a bottleneck. (Win Mcnamee/Getty Images) TRANSPORTATION More info on PRTC fare hike coming July 5 As [...]

July 1st, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 6.20.16

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va) in the Longworth House Office Building (Bill Clark/AP) TRANSPORTATION It’s a slow, unglamorous path to a Metro makeover On television, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay walks into a rundown and [...]

June 20th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 6.3.16

NLIHC’s annual report, Out of Reach, documents the gap between wages and the price of housing across the United States. The report’s Housing Wage is an estimate of the hourly wage that a full-time worker [...]

June 6th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 5.20.16

TRANSPORTATION  The Train That Saved Denver A decade ago, travelers arriving at Denver’s sprawling new airport would look out over a vast expanse of flat, prairie dog-infested grassland and wonder if their plane had somehow [...]

May 20th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 5.9.16

TRANSPORTATION Jarret Walker: Empty Buses Serve a Purpose Most transit agencies have been through some version of this scenario: In one part of the city, buses drive around stuffed like sardine tins, while elsewhere they [...]

May 9th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 4.15.16

TRANSPORTATION Virginia considering car alternatives for I-66 travel The big discussions about the future of Interstate 66 travel tend to focus on tolling and widening. But the success of the Virginia government’s plan to ease [...]

April 15th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 4.1.16

TRANSPORTATION Virginia officials want to extend 95 Express Lanes to Fredericksburg Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne on Thursday said the state hopes to extend the high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on I-95 about 10 miles south [...]

April 4th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 3.25.16

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY Prince William School Board funds 10 new instructional positions, step increases Prince William County Schools approved the FY17 budget Wednesday, which increases staffing and offers step-increases for employees. According to PWCS, the School [...]

March 25th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Final General Assembly Update 3.15.16

The 2016 General Assembly Session has come to a close. In addition to the bills outlined below, we monitored over 200 bills, actively supported 54 (44 of which passed), and actively opposed 21 (all of [...]

March 15th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows, Recent News|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 3.11.16

TRANSPORTATION  I-66 toll plan rolls forward In the summer, drivers on Interstate 66 will see crews preparing for the toll-gantry system along the lanes inside the Capital Beltway. It won’t take long, compared with other major transportation [...]

March 11th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 2.26.16

TRANSPORTATION 66 Alliance vows to continue to fight for area commuters A bipartisan agreement announced last week to impose tolls on I-66 inside the I-495 Beltway was hailed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. However, it [...]

February 26th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 2.19.16

REGIONAL Where will Manassas students go after redistricting? On Monday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 24, Mayfield Intermediate School will host a School Board Meeting and redistricting presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. The Monday [...]

February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 2.12.16

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY Pr. William schools superintendent proposes $1.08 billion budget Prince William County Schools Superintendent Steven L. Walts last week proposed a $1.08 billion budget for the next fiscal year that includes money for class-size [...]

February 12th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 2.5.16

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY  Dominion coal ash plan to be challenged in court Environmental groups are heading to court to try to block Dominion Virginia Power’s state-approved plan to dump millions of gallons of treated water [...]

February 5th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 1.29.16

Transportation  Northern Virginia neighborhoods confront potholes and worn pavement Streets in some of Northern Virginia’s aging neighborhoods are becoming marred with potholes, corroding asphalt and other problems that can make driving a headache, local officials [...]

January 29th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments

Jo Knows: Weekly News 1.15.16

TRANSPORTATION OmniRide short on cash; doomsday scenario unveiled There’s a lot of hope in the newly approved budget put forward Thursday night by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission. Hope that Prince William County will [...]

January 15th, 2016|Categories: Jo Knows|0 Comments