The University of Virginia (UVa, or informally, The University) is a major economic and development partner for Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
The University was first planned by Thomas Jefferson and Edmund Bacon, Jefferson's business manager. "Mr. Jefferson looked over the ground some time and then stuck down a peg. He stuck the very first peg in that building, and then directed me where to carry the line, and I stuck the second. He carried one end of the line, and I the other, in laying off the foundation of the University... he rode there from Monticello every day while the University was building."
It opened to students on March 7, 1825. Sixty-eight men were there as students along with 6 faculty members.