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Commentary: Business groups urge action on I-66 outside the Beltway

Editor: As a coalition representing the vast majority of businesses and employees in Northern Virginia’s private-sector workforce, we would like to express our support for the Interstate 66 Outside the Beltway improvement project.

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Arlington Business Briefcase, 6/4/15 edition

News of business and economic development this week.

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Community forum to look at future of Tysons

The Fairfax County government will host a “Transforming Tysons” open house on Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at Freedom Hill Elementary School, 1945 Lord Fairfax Road.

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Arlington Committee of 100 looks at regional competitiveness

The Arlington Committee of 100 will look at “The Regional Economic Landscape Is Changing: What Economic Challenges Will This Bring to Arlington?” on Wednesday, June 10 at Gerard Phelan Hall at Marymount University.

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Law firm joins board of Tysons Partnership

Tysons Partnership has announced that the law firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice has been elected to serve on the partnership’s board of directors.  

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McLean Chamber adds new members

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the following new members:

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Vienna government issues new business licenses

The Vienna town government has issued licenses to the following new businesses in town:

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Arlington Chamber capital campaign makes progress

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Opportunity Works” capital campaign has reached the 75-percent mark toward its 2015 goal.

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Erika Walser named sales manager at Prospero’s Books

Gary Belt, owner of Prospero’s Books in Historic Downtown Manassas, has named Erika Walser its new sales manager. Walser takes over for long-time sales manager Bob Chase, who retired May 13.

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Comcast opens Xfinity store in Woodbridge

Comcast recently celebrated the grand opening of its Xfinity store in Woodbridge with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, joined by Del. Rich Anderson, R-51st District, and Prince William County Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect Dalena Kanouse.

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Buy Virginia booze, get a free hat

Virginia Tourism Corp. is partnering with Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, using the 46-year-old “Virginia is for Lovers” logo to promote the assortment of alcoholic products made in the commonwealth.

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Matchbox, The North Face coming to Potomac Mills mall

Two new restaurants and three new stores are coming to Potomac Mills mall.

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Va. tourism officials roll out red carpet for all kinds of weddings

State tourism officials are hoping to further tap into the economic potential of weddings by encouraging not just Virginia residents, but those from elsewhere, to get married in the Old Dominion.

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Arlington Business Briefcase, 5/28/15 edition

News of business and economic development across Arlington.

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Sterling quarry would become lake in waterside development

The Loudoun Quarries made negative headlines last week because of a blasting incident, but a developer is banking on the property generating a lot of good news in the future.

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Southwest to debut service from Reagan National to Orlando in fall

Southwest Airlines has announced plans to begin service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Orlando on Nov. 1, bringing to 17 the number of nonstop destinations served from the local airport.

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Arlington Chamber sets date for ‘State of the County’

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce will host its 14th annual State of the County forum on Wednesday, June 24 at 8 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington D.C.-Crystal City.

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Fairfax Business Briefcase, 5/28/15 edition

News of business and economic development across Fairfax County.

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Ornery Beer Company replacing Hard Times in Woodbridge

Sorry Woodbridge, no more chili mac.

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Arlington Chamber lauds ‘Best Business’ award recipients

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce recently lauded recipients of its 2015 Best Business Awards.

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Arlington County board proclaims ‘Business Appreciation Month’

The rapprochement between the Arlington County government and the business community continues.

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N.Va. young-professionals group raises $40,000 for philanthropic efforts

The Young Professional Giving Circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia raised $40,000 for grantmaking at its annual awards gala, held May 5 at the Artisphere.

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Arlington deputy commissioner of revenue lauded for service to businesses

Ann Bisson has long been known as the go-to person for businesses caught in a bureaucratic tangle in Arlington. And for her efforts, the deputy commissioner of revenue was honored May 19 with the Friend of Small Business Award by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

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March passenger counts way up at National, down at Dulles

Another strong month at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was able to offset continued weakness at Washington Dulles International Airport – weakness that appears to be accelerating.

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Sun Gazette honored with ‘Doing Good’ award

The Arlington Sun Gazette on May 19 was honored with the “Doing Good While Doing Well Award” at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s 29th annual Best Business Awards.

Vienna notes milestone anniversaries of businesses

The Vienna town government recently honored the following local businesses for milestone anniversaries in the town:

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In N.Va., McAuliffe signs measure that may help food trucks expand

Legislation signed this week by Gov. McAuliffe will start the ball rolling on regulation of food trucks desiring to use right-of-way on state-maintained roads.

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Fairfax Chamber gears up to mark 90th anniversary

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce is planning a 90th-anniversary celebration on Tuesday, June 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Silver Line Center in Tysons Corner.

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O’Connell grad gives commencement address to N.Va. grads of Virginia Tech

Venture capitalist Paul Singh, who grew up in Arlington and attended Bishop O’Connell High School, was selected as the keynote speaker at the Virginia Tech National Capital Region commencement ceremony, held May 17 at the George Mason University Center for the Arts.

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McLean Chamber lauds exemplary students, teachers, staff

Diligence, kindness and willingness to help others are common traits held by winners of the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Education Awards.

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Fairfax Business Briefcase, 5/14/15 edition

News of business and economic development across Fairfax County this week.

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In Arlington, Favola and McAuliffe tout economic development

Economic development? On May 8, it was all Greek to Gov. McAuliffe and other local leaders. But in the best – and most tasty – way possible.

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Young Arlington entrepreneurs make their pitch, now will face public

Having had their proposals vetted by experts, students participating in the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) will now test the waters in the community.

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Trade, technology seen as keys to Va. economic growth

Virginia must build and enhance its economic edge by luring companies in burgeoning fields such as bio-medicine and cyber-security, panelists told Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce members May 12.

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Arlington credit union named tops in size category

Arlington Community Federal Credit Union has been named the 2015 Federal Credit Union of the Year for its size by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions.

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Arlington Chamber announces new members

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce recently announced the following new members (principal contact points in parentheses):

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Whole Foods preps plan for flagship outlet in Tysons

Whole Foods Market officials announced May 6 they had signed a lease for a 70,000-square-foot store in The Boro, a new mixed-use development that will be built within the next few years in central Tysons Corner.

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Stafford County OKs tax incentives to revive Aquia Towne Center

Stafford County is on a mission to revitalize the former Aquia Towne Center and plans to provide $6.25 million in tax incentives to help do just that.

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Prince William School Board chair Milt Johns joins local law firm

Fluet Huber + Hoang (FH+H) announced that Prince William School Board chairman Milton C. Johns, also an attorney, has joined the law firm.

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Verizon is buying AOL

Two of Loudoun County's largest employers may be merging. Verizon Communications today announced plans to acquire AOL for $4.4 billion in cash.

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Building permits for single-family homes on rise in Fairfax

A total of 236 new single-family building permits were issued across Fairfax County during the first quarter of 2015, up 29 percent from the same period a year before, when 182 permits were issued.

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Sales-tax receipts up in Fairfax

Sales-tax receipts distributed to the Fairfax County government by the state government in April totaled $12.3 million, up 4.6 percent from a year before.

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Vienna issues new business licenses

The Vienna town government issued business licenses to the following new businesses in March:

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George Mason’s Patriot Center is getting a new name

Come July 1, the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax becomes EagleBank Arena.

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Del. Murphy picks up endorsement of Fairfax Chamber PAC

The political-action committee of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the re-election bid of Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th).

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Arlington Business Briefcase, 5/7/15 edition

News of business and economic development across Arlington.

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'Gut microbiome' startup moving to science accelerator, seeks study volunteers

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors announced the first tenant of the Prince William Science Accelerator – ISOThrive, a developer of nutritional ingredients to improve the gut microbiome – has expanded and entered into a new three-year lease for larger wet-laboratory space.

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Congress asked to stop tinkering with region’s airports

Members of the Northern Virginia congressional delegation are pleading with colleagues to keep from further fiddling with the delicate balance among the region’s three major airports.

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Fairfax Business Briefcase, 5/7/15 edition

News of business and economic development across Fairfax County.

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McLean Chamber set to honor students, educators

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce will honor outstanding students, educators and staff from Langely and McLean high schools at its annual Education Awards Breakfast, to be held on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 a.m. at J. Gilbert’s, 6930 Old Dominion Drive.

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