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Sep 16

Virginia's Certified Mentor Farmer Program - Ben Sedlins

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Kona Gallagher

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As part of our 
Rural Business Strategy, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development has partnered with Virginia Cooperative Extension-Loudoun and Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to create the Virginia Certified Farm Mentor Program. The idea behind the program is to have the experienced certified farmers provide assistance to beginning farmers in areas including field and crop planning, farm management, buying and selling livestock, organic production, and marketing. Recently, four Loudoun farmers graduated from the program, earning their mentor certifications. One of Loudoun's first mentor farmers is Ben Sedlins.

Sedlins is the vineyard manager and viticulturist at Fabbioli Cellars. This position is no easy task, as Fabbioli's operations encompass 14 acres of land, with 10 devoted to mature bearing grapes. Sedlins has been involved in Loudoun's wine industry since shortly after graduating from Dickinson College in 2009, serving as a vineyard and cellar assistant at Purcellville's Sunset Hills Vineyard, before moving on to Fabbioli in 2012.

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Aug 29

Innovation and Collaboration at the First Loudoun County Challenge

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM by Kona Gallagher

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The inaugural Loudoun County Challenge was held this week, bringing together the best minds in our area to offer solutions to hard-to-solve public safety problems. The event, hosted by Loudoun Economic Development, Innovative Solutions Consortium, CIT and the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, brought 11 local companies together to present proof-of-concept solutions to a panel of experts.

Chief Michael Johnson of Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, Second Lieutenant Charles Manning of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and former DARPA Program Manager Owen Brown were among the panelists selected to judge the presentations. The entrants were tasked with finding solutions to common problems across Loudoun and many other municipalities nationwide, including traffic congestion and first responder communication. Each company presented their unique take on solving these issues, and then collaborated at the end to show how their products could work together to create a cohesive solution.

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Sep 12

The First Loudoun Challenge and our Rural Economy - DED in the News

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Kona Gallagher

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Loudoun County is a hotbed of economic development news. Stay tuned to this blog, where we'll post a roundup of the biggest stories to appear in the press. As always, if you want to stay up-to-date on everything that's going on in the world of Loudoun economic development, you can follow us on 
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