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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.

Aug 14

Why Loudoun, Why Now?

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 8:46 AM by Amy Mugford


Rick Morris
Business Development Officer 

My team works to attract businesses to Loudoun County, Virginia – and to keep you happy once you join our community. We also focus on growing our thriving entrepreneur ecosystem.

Why Loudoun? “D.C.'s Technology Corridor” is a premier business location, with one of America’s fastest-growing economies. Here are the top reasons you should consider starting, growing or moving here:

  1. Loudoun is just 25 miles from Washington, D.C. and its lucrative federal contracting opportunities.

  2. Loudoun is the home of Dulles International Airport, which has nonstop flights to 83 U.S. and 50 international destinations. 

  3. Loudoun will open three commuter rail stations in 2020, connecting Loudoun by rail through Dulles airport to the nation’s capital, and other Virginia and Maryland locations in the D.C. metro area.

  4. Loudoun's Data Center Alley is home to 60 data centers, with nine million square feet in use or under construction. Seventy percent of the world's Internet traffic flows through Loudoun data centers every day.

  5. Loudoun’s 360,000 population has doubled since 2000. Today we’re the 4th fastest-growing large county in the U.S. The median age is 35, and we’ve had the #1 median household income in the U.S. since 2007.

  6. Loudoun has 2nd-highest concentration of tech workers in the U.S., and  56.7 percent of our residents have a Bachelor’s degree or higher (more than double the U.S. average).

  7. Loudoun’s business-friendly government has made our permitting process fast and simple, with development time cut from months down to—for certain projects – mere weeks.

  8. Loudoun was rated as having the #1 quality of life in the U.S. by NY-based SmartAsset. This community is safe, healthy and well-run, and has a highly rated school system. Western Loudoun maintains its agricultural heritage, offering award-winning wineries, farm-to-table dining, country inns and full-service resorts.

  9. Our team of business development experts have specialized knowledge about industries that thrive in Loudoun: data centers, cyber-security, I.T. and communications, personalized medicine, defense, aerospace, aviation/transportation and entrepreneurship. We’ll partner with you to create the success your business needs to excel in today’s global economy.

I invite innovative companies and entrepreneurs to email or call me at 1-(800)-LOUDOUN. Hope to connect with you soon.
Aug 27

Good Design Helps Your Business

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 8:33 AM by Amy Mugford


Amy Mugford
Communications Program Manager

In a world of DIY and stock design websites, individuals often misinterpret design, design use and the importance of hiring a designer. 

Design: People often say “just make it look pretty” or “just grab that from online” and they believe design is just about the look. However, it is much more. Steve Jobs once explained, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” 

Design use: Design should be used in all of your collateral (i.e. presentations, letterhead, ads, emails, newsletters, proposals and reports). Good design will:
  • Create good first impressions through the right color, fonts and style;
  • Establish brand recognition through consistency; 
  • Develop a story about your brand through visuals and content; and
  • Help consumers understand your product better.

The importance of hiring a designer:
You may have a great concept, but a professional designer can take that concept and make it even better. Designers understand publishing software and design principles, which will help complete the task in a more efficient manner. When working with a professional designer, you determine your level of involvement in the process. I highly recommend at the minimum having a professional set up the design guidelines and templates to carry the theme forward. When working with a professional, here are some recommendations:
  • Review their portfolio and find out the story behind the projects;
  • Create a brief or project overview that clearly layouts expectations and timeline;
  • Remember designers are visual thinkers and the creative process takes time, so be patient; and
  • Finally, be proud when sharing the product you and the designer create.

Amy serves as the department’s Communications Program Manager, focusing on the department's branding strategy and graphic design. 
Aug 24

Locate in Loudoun, Grow in Loudoun, Learn From Loudoun and Play in Loudoun - DED in the News

Posted on August 24, 2015 at 3:03 PM by Amy Mugford


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.