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Loudoun Economic Development Blog

Information on Loudoun's businesses, both big and small, as well as focused information on the DED's key business sectors and events.

Dec 05

4 Podcasts You Should Listen to Now

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Kona Gallagher

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By: Lois Kirkpatrick

You've got to know more to grow more, and smart founders learn from others who've already built successful companies. But when you're working around the clock to get a startup off the ground, you rarely have time for a business book. Podcasts are a perfect alternative. They allow you to absorb key info while driving, eating, or getting ready for bed. Learn on the go with these audio shows:

Mixergy
-- Andrew Warner built a $30 million/year Internet business and now interviews other successful business owners who offer solutions to issues that cripple founders.

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Dec 05

Hops, Wine and Data Centers - DED in the News

Posted on December 5, 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 
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Nov 24

Loudoun is Home to the First Hops Processing Operation in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Kona Gallagher

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Historically, hops have been grown and processed in the Northwest, with Oregon, Idaho and Washington being the top players. With beer becoming an emerging industry in Virginia, expanding our hops production and processing is a natural next step. At a special event in Loudoun County, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Loudoun is leading the way, with the first-ever hops processing facility in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Black Hops Farm has chosen Loudoun as the location of their new venture, Lucketts Mill Hopworks. In addition to the processing facility, Lucketts Mill will devote 15 acres to hops, making it the largest hopsyard in Virginia. The company will provide hops processing services for the region, investing $1 million into Loudoun and creating 11 jobs in the county. The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Loudoun County and Black Hops Farm, by providing a $40,000 grant through the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund. this amount will be matched by Loudoun, for an $80,000 total investment.

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