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New Logo For PWC & Manassas Tourism

By Greg L | 12 May 2011 | Manassas City, Prince William County | 38 Comments

This is the new logo for a tourism marketing effort by Prince William County and Manassas City.  Corey Stewart and Hal Parrish sure seem to like it in this photo.

What do you think?

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  1. Jennifer said on 12 May 2011 at 10:51 pm:
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    As a logo, it seems awfully busy. I don’t like the warped ribbon, the gradients, the way the font is actually stretched to fill the ribbon… A magnifying glass and a ribbon are the best identifying symbols for the area?

  2. Get Bullwinkle! said on 12 May 2011 at 11:18 pm:
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    It seems that mastercard was the low bidder, and then they use message from DVD player “disc over.” May be a copyright problem with sony.

    If people not come to county are they no longer part of american story? Maybe coming to county is part of a tax they have to pay to be american. If not coming to county “no american story for you!”

    School child made this logo, no?

  3. Anonymous said on 12 May 2011 at 11:22 pm:
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    Sherlock Holmes lived in PWC? Are they supposed to use the magnifying glass to find what Lorena Bobbit cut off her husband and threw out a car window?

    …come discover Prince William and find the Bobbit ding dong. Brilliant!

  4. Maureen said on 13 May 2011 at 4:11 am:
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    I think it looks good. But the logo for an area rich in history? Back to the drawing board. What were they thinking?

  5. mpcinsider said on 13 May 2011 at 5:39 am:
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    This is so funny Manassas Park was left out again. I understand why that is. Who would want to visit a city that can’t even attract business to its city center?

    BTW the logo looks good.

  6. Logical Thinker said on 13 May 2011 at 5:46 am:
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    This could have been designed on a power point slide by an 8th grade art class, but they would have probably produced something better….

  7. park'd said on 13 May 2011 at 6:12 am:
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    MP was left out because it’s nothing but illegal aliens and section 8 losers. Who the F wants to see that? I sure don’t and I live here!

  8. Groveton said on 13 May 2011 at 8:12 am:
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    At least they’re trying. Fairfax County has a logo too. It’s a fat billionaire in a black suit, top hat and monocle walking off with a big bag of money from the mindless over development in Fairfax. In the logo he is stepping on the heads of Fairfax County residents caught in traffic jams while trying to get to the $5/Mi HOT lane tolls.

  9. mpcinsider said on 13 May 2011 at 8:22 am:
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    Hey park’d I can’t agree more with you.

  10. anon said on 13 May 2011 at 8:27 am:
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    Am I dreaming? Groveton is complaining about development when usually he is defending it. Or maybe he only defends it in Prince William County.

  11. AmericaFirst said on 13 May 2011 at 1:57 pm:
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    Shouldn’t it have been in spanish?

  12. park'd said on 13 May 2011 at 3:55 pm:
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    No, only if Manassas Park was included.

  13. PWCOvertaxed said on 13 May 2011 at 5:45 pm:
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    for as much money as they spent on this thing…its horrible. I mean, its some letters and a magnifying glass…really? Does THAT say PWC to anyone? Its bland and boring, they could have saved their money and had a contest among the public at large and would have done better…

  14. ManassasCityOvertaxed said on 13 May 2011 at 6:08 pm:
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    Elected officials and Chamber of Commerce types go gaga yet again to attract tourist dollars that somehow never show up in the local coffers. Tourists come here mainly for Potomac Mills Mall folks, then they leave. I don’t need another expensive consultant study (the City seems to like to do this a lot with my tax dollars) to tell me the obvious.

  15. TimetoMove? said on 13 May 2011 at 9:55 pm:
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    Does the magnifying glass mean that Prince William and Manassas are so small that future visitors need to use a magnifying glass to find them on a map? They could at least have included a picture of the Manassas Battle field or the Brentsville Court House to show the historical significance of the region as a background especially since this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

  16. Padre said on 13 May 2011 at 10:32 pm:
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    Maureen is correct. This area is steeped in history. Any logo should have some mention of Firtst or Second Manassas.

  17. Groveton said on 14 May 2011 at 7:00 am:
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    Anon 8:27 - I have nothing against development anywhere in Northern Virginia. I figure that I’d be living in a lean to if development had been banned by prior generations. I’d like to see three things:

    1. An honest accounting of what the implications of new development means to the tax base. Obviously, this is a somewhat complex question which depends on the value of the homes being developed (i.e. the taxable basis of the home), the expected income of the homeowner, number of children, etc.

    2. A process whereby developers pay enough in proffers to make the homes they are building “tax base accretive” based on the calculation in 1.

    3. A process which requires voter approval of housing unit construction which would result in “tax base dilutive” building.

    I don’t have a problem with developers. Virginia’s population is growing and people will need new places to live. I have a problem with the existing taxpayers being forced to pay higher taxes so that developers can take unfair profits.

  18. Citizen12 said on 14 May 2011 at 11:56 am:
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    Groveton said on 14 May 2011 at 7:00 am



    you had me up until the last two words - “unfair profits”.

  19. Gone said on 14 May 2011 at 12:10 pm:
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    They forgot this picture:


  20. Gone said on 14 May 2011 at 12:11 pm:
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    Also the slogan: “Visiting the third world is closer than you think”.

  21. skepp said on 14 May 2011 at 2:36 pm:
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    Looks like advertising for the “Discover” card.

  22. VRC said on 14 May 2011 at 8:58 pm:
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    Agree with the above. Logical Thinker nailed it. Simply from a graphics perspective this is shockingly weak. And as Maureen and others pointed out, who looked at this and said, “Yeah, this shouts Prince William and Manassas!” This could literally be stamped on the sign of any municipality in the world. Pathetic!

  23. Gnarly said on 16 May 2011 at 2:53 am:
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    Is this photo from the early 80’s? Just guessing from what everyone is wearing. Oh yea…the logo sucks too (that’s from the turn of Century).

  24. Doc Watson said on 16 May 2011 at 11:25 am:
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    Yeah, what is with the vests? Is in 1985?

    The Sherlock Holmes angle makes me think that they are drawing attention to crime in the County.

    What does the magnifying glass have to do with history? Are they saying you have to look hard to find any history there?

    Pretty much, it’s the Civil War. There are lots of good logos that would work and that wouldn’t offend anyone.

    Pretty lame.

    I agree with Groveton. Nicely said. Development is necessary. Developers should make an honest profit. They get away with a bit too much, especially in Fairfax. Although it is better since Gerry Connolly has moved on from the County Board.

  25. Groveton said on 16 May 2011 at 1:19 pm:
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    To me, a profit is unfair when it is made through a secret subsidy from taxpayers in general. Today, I think a lot of developers make unfair profits. They insinuate themselves in the political process and “game the system”. Then, they build homes which make them handsome profits but require the rest of the community to pay for foreseeable costs.

    Not all profits are unfair. Not at all. I have worked my entire life at for-profit companies.

  26. Disgusted said on 16 May 2011 at 2:40 pm:
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    It is terrible the way the County and City are chasing after blue haired old lady tourist dollars with civil war nick nacks and beer trucks.

  27. Anonymous said on 16 May 2011 at 5:56 pm:
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    I just wonder what they will think when the tourist decide to explore old town after being in DC all day. If they leave their hotel in dulles at 5pm rush hour!!!!! Untill we build the 28 Godwin Drive extention that was planned for this area we will be “cut” off from fairfax county and will allways be a second rate sleeper subdivision community.

  28. Citizen12 said on 16 May 2011 at 6:50 pm:
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    Groveton said on 16 May 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I knew that is where you were headed and I am in agreement with you.

    It’s just semantics but Unfair Profit seems one sided when we know their is political collusion at work.

    I call it political corruption, graft, and thievery.

    The politicians and developers who benefit call it business as usual.

  29. mnd said on 16 May 2011 at 8:55 pm:
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    Unfair profit isn’t actually possible.

    The thing you’re complaining about is externalizing costs.

  30. Anonymous said on 16 May 2011 at 10:10 pm:
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    This is a MUST listen:


  31. Groveton said on 17 May 2011 at 5:33 am:
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    MND -

    I’ve heard that term as well. Is there a term for the extra profit which arises when costs are externalized? Super-normal or something like that? I know it’s just semantics but I would like to get the right terminology.

  32. JWilson said on 17 May 2011 at 9:06 am:
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    I think the logo speaks to all of the possibilities in Prince William & Manassas and calls for people to take a closer look. Everyone on this blog is taking a closer look now aren’t they. They used to have a dogwood flower for a logo and the name of the organization was 9 words in length. Huge improvement! The more out of town visitors the county and city get the lower our taxes get. Do the math!

  33. Riley said on 17 May 2011 at 12:27 pm:
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    Doc Watson said on 16 May 2011 at 11:25 am:
    Yeah, what is with the vests? Is in 1985?

    Maybe they’re members of the Coast Guard Youth Auxiliary…

  34. Riley said on 17 May 2011 at 12:29 pm:
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    That may be the most craptacular logo I’ve seen in ages. Seriously? I agree with the Sherlock Holmes comment above.

    And if the magnifying glass is meant to shout “EXPLORE!” — well, that isn’t at all very unique or original and has zilch to do with county history.

  35. Riley said on 17 May 2011 at 12:30 pm:
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    Can we fire the entire Economic Development and Marketing divisions of PWC? Sometimes I think that doing nothing would be better than what comes out of those places.

  36. anon said on 17 May 2011 at 6:13 pm:
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    Here is my definition

    “Externalized costs” = “money out of my pocket for higher property taxes which are used to pay for the infrastructure that the developer did not pay for because proffers were too low”

  37. DUH said on 18 May 2011 at 8:57 am:
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    Worksite Enforcement to Focus on Employer; Worker Victims and Witnesses to be Protected
    On April 28, the Department of Labor published protocols laying out the guidelines and procedures investigators in the Department’s Wage and Hour Division will follow “to determine when and whether to complete and certify” a petition for a U Visa. The protocols lay out the implementation details for Secretary Solis’s recent announcement that the Department would help workers gain this protection if investigators from the Department encounter victims of certain crimes while they are investigating complaints of labor law violations. U Visas, available for victims of certain crimes, allow victims to remain in the U.S. if they agree to assist prosecutors as witnesses.

    The announcement about the Department’s willingness to certify U Visa applications, along with a March 31 Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor, marks a welcome shift in enforcement policy. Instead of a focus on arresting and deporting workers, there will be more focus on unscrupulous employers who use their workers’ immigration status to avoid observance of labor laws. The policy shift may help thousands of workers who have been abused by their employers.

  38. Debbie Downer said on 26 May 2011 at 8:34 am:
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    There’s stuff to discover in Prince William? Outside of the Marine museum I don’t get it. The Manassas battle fields are just open fields and woods with lots of downed trees. Yippee. They look the same as, well, hundreds of other open fields. Then there’s the folks taking pictures of a bridge they think is authentic. And a houses they think are authentic. I just don’t get it, drive here to see a replica of a house and bridge and walk on some trails to some nasty looking woods? And here’s our “historic” downtown Manassas, it’s so much different than the 10,000 other “historic” downtowns strewn across the country. And here’s our new logo for enticing you to do all those things, break out your cameras!!

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