Economic Development Helps Future Workforce

Loudoun Economic Development staff Colleen Kardasz, James David and Amy Mugford recently participated in a project-based learning activity at Goshen Post Elementary School in Aldie, Virginia.

Two hundred fourth graders presented the county staffers with economic development proposals for attracting business to Loudoun County.

“I was really impressed that they were able to connect the different products of the region…and how they can utilize those products. Some of the groups went above and beyond in their research and that showed,” David said about the experience. “That’s really important in business development because it demonstrates to the prospect that you know your stuff and you care about what they have to offer.”

Project-based learning is a teaching methodology that uses real-world issues to teach students science, math, reading, writing and teamwork skills.

Loudoun County Public Schools was recently named the 2018 Project-Based Learning Champion District by the Buck Institute for Education.

According to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ “Visualize 2045” report, the number of jobs in Loudoun County is expected to grow by almost 54 percent by 2045 – the highest growth rate in the region – even though Loudoun’s population is only expected to grow by 23 percent.

An objective that Loudoun Economic Development shares with the school system is helping to ensure that Loudoun employers have a top-notch workforce now and into the future.


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