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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 15

The Silver Line, Business Growth and the Loudoun Challenge - DED in the News

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 4:34 PM 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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Aug 15

Small Business, Big Success - Safe Ship

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM by Kona Gallagher

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"It has outstanding diversity, it's a very affluent area, and it has lots of growth potential." That's how Safe Ship President Anthony McKenzie describes Loudoun when he talks about how he chose the location for his flagship store. A Loudoun resident, McKenzie has been working for two years to bring a Safe Ship into his community. 

While Safe Ship may seem like your run-of-the-mill shipping location, McKenzie says that they're trying to reach what he considers to be an untapped market: Loudoun small business owners. He sees Safe Ship as more than a place where you buy stamps or mail holiday presents. He wants it to be a fulfillment and distribution center for small and home-based businesses, of which Loudoun has over 8,000. Safe Ship's partnership and large volume of business with the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, UPS and DHL means they can command deep discounts from “The Big Four,” which they pass along to the consumer.

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Aug 14

The Best Economic Development Job in America

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 3:55 PM by Kona Gallagher

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By Buddy Rizer, Director, Loudoun Economic Development

"I have the greatest economic development job in the country."  

It was with those 10 words that I began my speech at a recent conference in front of a group of business people.

As Director of Economic Development for Loudoun County, Virginia, I represent a community that is a true success story in today's economy.  While much of the U.S. was hit hard by the recession and the slow comeback that followed, Loudoun has continued to grow at historic rates on many levels.

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