Imagine, Inc., a full-service, integrated marketing firm, first launched in Alexandria, Virginia in 2004. As Imagine took off, our founder Patrick King sought a location that would provide the company with room to grow–a place with a supportive business environment, affordable commercial real estate and an education system invested in preparing students for the workplace of the future. He found all of that and more, in Manassas.

While our clients span the Washington, D.C. metro area, here, when we walk down the streets, we are warmly greeted by people with whom we do business, or perhaps know from volunteering with CASA CIS or the Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation. People who work here tend to be very involved in local nonprofits and civic groups. There is a close-knit feel and sense of pride in the city, and that extends to the business community.

We have also found the location to be a benefit in recruiting and retaining talent. Manassas has a highly skilled workforce, and being able to offer a shorter commute allows us to tap into that resource. Our employees also enjoy having all that the city has to offer just steps from our office. Free concerts, art galleries, yoga studios and a choice of eateries and shops all make for a re-energizing break in the workday, and can be great for entertaining clients as well. Personally, I look forward to Thursdays in warmer months, when the farmers market comes to life at Harris Pavilion, right across the street from Imagine.

-Emily Guerrero, Imagine