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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.

Nov 17

Digital Realty Trust Continues its Loudoun Expansion

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Kona Gallagher

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Digital Realty Trust has more than 130 data center properties in over 30 markets worldwide. However, as Senior Vice-President David Caron says, Loudoun County is one of its top three markets. Specifically, Digital Realty's Ashburn campus is its largest, and will top out at 2 million square-feet at full build-out.

Recently, Digital Realty held an event to formally announce "Building K," the next phase in their expansion. Building K is set to include 16 1,200 kW data center suites with a 19.2 MW total capacity.  Construction is already partially completed, with two suites already available, and two more expected to lease out in the first quarter of 2015.

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Nov 14

Five Easy Ways to Spot Scam IRS Calls

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Kona Gallagher

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You've probably been personally contacted by scam artists trying to get your personal bank account information. Small businesses are also targets for theft and fraud. Some scammers pretend to be with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a way to trick you out of money.

These con artists can sound convincing. They may know a lot about you or your business, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS

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Nov 10

A Farmer on Your Land: Land Linking in Virginia

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Kona Gallagher

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It's no secret that agriculture is a thriving industry in Loudoun County. With nearly 1,400 farms and booming wine production, Western Loudoun's agribusiness is a crucial part of Loudoun's economic makeup. With this success comes a new crop of young farmers who want to start their own business. At Loudoun Economic Development, we are committed to nurturing these future business owners and ensuring the success of our agricultural industry.

One of the main issues that beginning farmers face is affording land. Oftentimes farms take years before they become profitable, and many farmers cannot afford a large mortgage payment as they're starting their business. On the flip side, there are many landowners in Loudoun who have had land in their family for generations that is not being fully utilized. Land linking was conceived as a way to bring these two groups of people together.

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