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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 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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Sep 11

Loudoun Welcomes Biogrund, the County's First Pharmaceutical Company

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Kona Gallagher

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Loudoun Economic Development has a long history of working with companies across the nation to bring them to the county, and in the past few years that the department's gaze has gone beyond our borders. International business attraction is one of our priorities, and the county has seen great success already. More than 80 foreign-owned businesses are located in Loudoun, and in the past year, we've gained two international businesses: French company KoDe Software, and Canon Technologies from the U.K. These companies chose Loudouun over several other jurisdictions, and made a combined investment of over $1 million. On September 10, Loudoun Economic Development and Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York celebrated the ribbon-cutting of our newest foreign-owned business: Germany-based Biogrund. Located in Sterling, their manufacturing facility was built-to-suit by Merritt Properties and marks a $2 million investment in Loudoun.

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