A Letter from the Executive Director
The great Duke Ellington once said, “A problem is a chance to do your best.” 2020 presented all of us with an opportunity to rise to the problems presented by the pandemic, and I’m happy to report that Loudoun County has once again demonstrated the resilience and grit that has become core to our community. The response to COVID-19 from our Board of Supervisors, County Administration and countless members of our government has been inspiring. We can’t begin to appropriately thank the front line workers who responded so unselfishly and we salute the many individuals who support our work through volunteer roles on boards, commissions, committees and other community. Finally, we celebrate the amazing group of businesses, partners and community groups who have had to pivot in response to these uncertain times.
Over the past 15 years, Loudoun has built a solid economic base that has served us well during this time of uncertainty. Our economy is built on a diverse base of businesses from thriving rural enterprises in Western Loudoun to the successful commercial companies throughout the Dulles Technology Corridor. Remarkably, our economy continued to grow this year, which is a testament to our business leaders and our talented workforce. In 2020, Loudoun attracted more than $6.75 billion in new investment and added more than 3,500 new jobs.
I could not be prouder of our economic development team. As the pandemic hit our community, our department pivoted to focus on supporting the resilience of our community. We did outreach to over 4,000 businesses and used that feedback to create a slate of new programs to help our companies and our workforce, which included a new Loudoun Jobs Portal, the expansion of the “Take Loudoun Home” program and the establishment of the Loudoun Made, Loudoun Grown Marketplace.
Our Board of Supervisors invested almost $12 million for the Business Interruption Fund and the Outdoor Seating Grant program to provide critical financial support to more than 2,000 Loudoun businesses. Our homegrown entrepreneurs responded to the pandemic with the creation of new innovative solutions and businesses in our “touch” economy showed remarkable resilience and creativity to shift business models. More than 735 companies took the “Loudoun is Ready” challenge to show their commitment to the health and safety of their customers and employees.
We will never forget those who perished this year, nor will we ever forget the impact the pandemic has had on so many of our neighbors, colleagues and businesses. As we go forward, we will honor them through our commitment to supporting everything #LoudounPossible in our community, growing opportunity for all citizens and incorporating inclusive and sustainable practices into all of our programs. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this great community.
“It’s so amazing. It really gives you the motivation to keep going. It feels like the community is reinvesting in us.”
– Chequena Morris-Hall,
Elite Formation Studio of Dance
- Loudoun County COVID-19 Business Outreach MarCom Award (Gold)
- Loudoun County Jobs Portal Hermes Creative Award (Honorable Mention)
- Loudoun Is Ready Campaign IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award (Gold)
- Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown Marketplace USDA Grant ($250,000), Virginia AFID Grant ($20,000)
- Loudoun Virtual Farm Tour IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award (Silver)
- Rural Business Uses in Loudoun County Brochure IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award (Silver), Hermes Creative Award (Gold), NaCO Achievement Award
Spotlight on 2020
Loudoun Business Successes
Gravy Analytics: Named to the exclusive 2020 Inc. 100 list of rapid growth companies, Gravy is the fastest growing business in the D.C. region over the last three years, offering consumer intelligence across most industries.
Innovation Station: The iconic CIT building and surrounding 26 Metro-adjacent acres on the Loudoun-Fairfax border sold to a real estate developer that create a premier transit-oriented development destination.
Catoctin Creek Distilling Co.: After filling the community’s unmet need for hand sanitizer early in the pandemic, Catoctin Creek closed out 2020 with plans to invest $1 million in upgrades to its Purcellville facility, tripling production capacity.
Loudoun Made, Loudoun Grown Marketplace:
“People really are seeing that it’s someone they can trust. When a customer gets a tomato from us, there’s a good chance it’s only been touched by one person.”
– Erik Schlener,
Root and Marrow
Business Interruption Fund:
“To understand the pain small businesses are in and a grant to support the small business community is truly leading by example.”
– Sunny Raheja,
Car Clinic Virginia
Board of Supervisors
Phyllis Randall, Chair-At-Large
Koran Saines, Vice Chairman, Sterling District
Juli Briskman, Algonkian District
Michael Turner, Ashburn District
Tony Buffington, Blue Ridge District
Sylvia Glass, Broad Run District
Caleb Kershner, Catoctin District
Matthew Letourneau, Dulles District
Kristen Umstattd, Leesburg District