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Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:04am

Now hear this: The next FCEDA Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County workshop will be held on April 3. The workshop is suited to anyone who is opening or considering a new business in Fairfax County and will be held at FCEDA headquarters in Tysons Corner. Registration is required and space is limited. Reserve your place by clicking here.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:04am

Routing for revitalization: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ambitious plan to redevelop a 7.5-mile stretch of Richmond Highway (U.S. Route 1) between Huntington and Mount Vernon. Antonio Olivo of the Washington Post reports that the area's population could quadruple to about 40,000 with 13,000 new homes, office towers, hotels and a new street grid to improve the area and generate more tax revenue. The mixed-use Embark Richmond Highway plan also calls for widening Route 1 to improve traffic flow and accommodate bus and bike lanes and sidewalks. Yellow Line Metro service stations could follow eventually. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:04am

No pain, no gain: The Fairfax-based Peterson Companies, longtime real estate developers in the region, is branching out with a biotech venture. Vizuri Health Sciences LLC is developing health products for seniors, including an over-the-counter pain reliever known as PainBloc24. Tina Reed has more on Peterson's path to the pharmacy in a story for Washington Business Journal subscribers.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:03am

I dream of genes: The National Institutes of Health contracted with Inova Health System to build a new research database, hoping to find ways to predict the impact of genotypes on individual health. The two-year pilot program known as the Genomic Ascertainment Cohort will collect 10,000 human genomes and exomes attempting to establish what genes and gene variants do. has the full rundown.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:03am

Out on a limb: Fairfax County -- which has more than 44 million trees -- has earned the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA designation for a 35th consecutive year. According to, the achievement will be celebrated during the county's Earth Day event on April 21 at the Sully Historic Site in Chantilly.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:02am

Incorporating nature: Reston is about to be named a biophilic city. That designation is provided by Biophilic Cities, a network founded by Tim Beatley, professor of urban and environmental planning at the University of Virginia. Webster's defines biophilia as "a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature." The network aims to explore innovative ways cities can incorporate nature into design and planning. Reston Now's Fatimah Waseem reports that the designation will be presented at tonight's Reston Association meeting.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:02am

Many more stories in Reston: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved plans for a 20-story condominium to replace a three-story office building on Old Reston Ave. Fatimah Waseem of Reston Now has more about the project by developer Renaissance Centro.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:01am

Marco...Polo: The Vienna Planning Commission will hold a March 28 public hearing for Vienna Market, a mixed-use redevelopment of the Marco Polo restaurant site. Brian Trompeter of InsideNoVa reports on developer Doug D'Alexander's revised proposal to build 44 townhouse-style units with retail space and underground parking.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:01am

Still growing: Fairfax County's population has grown more than 6 percent since the 2010 census to about 1.15 million, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data. That mirrors growth across northern Virginia, says Ryan Persaud of Capital News Service in a story published by Virginia Business. Northern Virginia's growth is largely due to availability of jobs, according to Hamilton Lombard, research specialist at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. "By our projection, by 2040, half of Virginia's population should live in Fredericksburg, or north of it," Lombard said.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:05am

Now hear this: Investor Business Daily in Korea ran a Korean-language column by FCEDA President and CEO Jerry Gordon outlining reasons why Fairfax County is a wise choice for Korean companies seeking to expand in the U.S. of A.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:05am

From Holland to Herndon: EclecticIQ, headquartered in Amsterdam, recently opened its North American headquarters in Herndon. According to the release picked up by BusinessInsider, the cyber threat-intelligence firm, which operates in Europe, the U.S., Australia and Singapore, doubled its customer base in 2017. The company won Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 Rising Star Award as "Most Disruptive Innovator" in 2016.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:04am

But wait, there's more:  General Dynamics and CSRA have amended their February merger agreement to a deal now valued at $9.7 million, including a $2.8 million assumption of debt. General Dyanmics increased its offer to $41.25 a share after a competing offer from CACI raised the stakes. According to Robert J. Terry of the Washington Business Journal, CSRA's board rejected CACI's unsolicited offer of $44 per share which was revealed on Sunday. CACI touted its complementary capabilities, customer base and ability to capitalize on CSRA technology in a letter to CSRA's board.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:03am

Healthy bonuses: Inova Health System is among Greater Washington area hospitals offering bonuses to attract and retain nurses. Tina Reed, in a story for Washington Business Journal subscribers, reports that Merrifield-based Inova has offered $10,000 bonuses for critical care nurses who work in operating rooms, intensive care units and labor-and-delivery units and make a three-year commitment. Nurses willing to move more than 50 miles to work at Inova could  earn a $20,000 signing bonus.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:03am

Tops of the pops: The Washington Business Journal is out with a list the top 26 real estate deals in the region in 2017. Among those cited in a slideshow by Emily Van Zandt: the financing deal between Kettler, Meridian Group and 10 lenders to fund development of The Boro in Tysons Corner; Amazon Web Services' lease of One Dulles Tower in Herndon; the GSA's lease for Transportation Security Administration headquarters in Springfield. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:02am

A good fight: has a video interview with Aaron Black, chief data officer at the Inova Translational Medical Institute, who says that doctors are in "hand-to-hand-combat" when it comes to the time-consuming battle to convert available data into useful, life-saving information. Matthew Heimer's story explains how Inova is using Tableau software data visualization to assist in that fight.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:02am

Global expansion: Herndon-based K12, a provider of online curriculum and school programs for students in pre-K through high school, expanded its partnership with Fazheng Group's Beijing Royal School, an international school in China with more than 8,000 students. Citybizlist carried the news.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:02am

Sleeping giant: The 298-room Sheraton Reston Hotel on Sunrise Valley Drive, in close proximity to Reston Town Center, has been sold to DoveHill Capital and Wurzak Hotel Group. According to Fatimah Waseem of Reston Now, the new owners are planning a renovation of the property.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:01am

Best of Reston: SOS International's community team, the Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation and the South Lakes High School PTSA Food Pantry will be among 2018 Best of Reston honorees at an April 12 gala at the Hyatt Regency Reston. Four individual winners were also announced at last week's reception, hosted by Leidos, which celebrated its commitment to remaining in Reston by presenting a $50,000 check to human services provider Cornerstones. Janet Rems has more details in the Fairfax County Times

Fairfax County EDA joins AUVSI, furthering its commitment to unmanned vehicle technology

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fairfax County, Virginia -- The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) has become a member organization of the Association for Unmanned Vehicles international (AUVSI), the world’s largest organization dedicated to unmanned vehicles and the emerging technologies they spawn.

Virginia Business magazine names FCEDA President/CEO Gordon to “Most Influential” list for sixth consecutive year

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fairfax County, Virginia -- Virginia Business magazine has named Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), to its “Most Influential Virginians” list for the sixth consecutive year.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:21am

Hot off the press: Inova Health System on Wednesday named Dr. J. Stephen Jones as its next CEO, succeeding longtime head Knox Singleton. Jones is now at the Cleveland Clinic, where he oversees 11 regional hospitals and more than 24,000 physicians and staff. He discussed priorities with Vindana Sinha for subscribers of the Washington Business Journal. "We will be building up our programs, including women and children's care, cardiovascular care," he said. "We will grow major programs in major surgical areas, including neurosurgery, colorectal surgery and cancer surgery." This InsideNoVa piece about the hire also includes a quote from FCEDA President and CEO Jerry Gordon.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:20am

Leading indicator: reports that Fairfax County's unemployment rate for December was 2.6 percent -- the lowest rate since 2008.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:20am

Now hear this: Time is running out to register for the annual Veterans In Business (VIB) Conference to be held March 22 at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. The event provides education, networking and business opportunities for the military community (including veterans, active duty, National Guard, Reservists and military spouses) who continue to strengthen our country with their small business endeavors and entrepreneurism. Click here for details.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:19am

India receives FCEDA message: The American Bazaar, an online publication that covers U.S.-India daily affairs, published FCEDA President and CEO Jerry Gordon's column outlining the reasons why Fairfax County has been -- and continues to be -- a great match for tech companies from India.

Illinois Town Tries Hard To Wean Off Of Steel

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 8:08pm
In Granite City, Ill., 500 laid off steel workers are being called back to work following President Trump

Residents of Granite City, Ill., are celebrating the new tariffs on imported steel, which are jump starting the local economy. But they also worry about being too dependent on that steel mill.

(Image credit: David Schaper/NPR)

In Mexico, Candidates Move Away From Cambridge Analytica

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:25pm
Presidential candidate and front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador delivers a speech during a rally in Guadalajara on Feb. 11. On Wednesday, he said of  Cambridge Analytica: "Now that it

The data-mining company being scrutinized in the U.S. has been involved in Mexican politics since last year, and presidential candidates are scrambling to distance themselves from the firm.

(Image credit: ULISES RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Mozilla Announces End To Advertising On Facebook Amid Cambridge Analytica Breach

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:31pm

Mozilla says it won't advertise on Facebook until it sees proof that the social media giant has tightened data-privacy controls. This is the latest fallout from news that a political data-mining site improperly acquired data from 50 million Facebook profiles.

AT&T And Justice Department Meet In Court Over Potential Time Warner Deal

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:36pm

After months of build-up, lawyers for AT&T and the Justice Department squared off in court Thursday over the potential $85 billion deal for Time Warner. The Justice Department says it will hurt competition and drive up cable TV subscription prices.

How Social Security Numbers Became A Form Of National Identification

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:36pm

The Social Security number was never meant to be a form of national identification. And yet, here were are: Nine digits that rule our lives and ruin our lives if they wind up in the wrong hands.

What Newly Proposed Tariffs On China Mean For The U.S. Business Community

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:36pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Erin Ennis, Vice-President of the US-China Business Council, about the White House proposal for tariffs on China. She talks about how the proposed tariffs concern American companies doing business with China.

Dow Drops 724 Points Amid Fears Of A U.S. Trade War With China

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:19pm
The floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled after the Trump administration announced plans to impose tariffs on Chinese imports.

The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled nearly 3 percent Thursday after the Trump administration announced plans to impose tariffs on Chinese imports.

(Image credit: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Dow Drops 724 Points Amid Fears Of A U.S. Trade War With China

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:19pm

The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled nearly 3 percent Thursday after the Trump administration announced plans to impose stiff tariffs on Chinese imports.

Too Small To Fail

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:12pm

Independent bookstores are experiencing a surprising renaissance.

(Image credit: NPR)

Les Payne, Pulitzer Prize-Winner And NABJ Founder, Dies At 76

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 2:41pm
"My career defining moment would be covering South Africa," said Les Payne, center, seen here as part of a Meet the Press panel during his time at Newsday.

He committed himself to improving conditions for African Americans saying "I saw myself as a kind of lead pipe in the hands of people who did not otherwise have a weapon to counter such things."

(Image credit: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

How The Trump Organization Mixes Business And Politics In India

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 2:25pm

Journalist Anjali Kamat spent a year investigating Trump's business deals in India. Her report is in the New Republic and on the WNYC podcast, Trump Inc., which is co-hosted by Andrea Bernstein.

'Consumer Reports' Finds Dangerous Dressers In All Sizes And Shapes

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:24pm
A child-size dummy is crushed by a dresser during a Consumer Product Safety Commission news conference in Washington, D.C., in 2016. That year Ikea began a recall of millions of dressers after six children were killed in tip-over incidents. But a new study says that tip-over risks extend far beyond any one furniture-maker.

Furniture tip-overs kill multiple children every year. A nonprofit group tested a range of dressers and found there was no way for consumers to tell by looking whether a dresser would be stable.

(Image credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Trump Orders Stiff Tariffs On China, In Hopes Of Cutting Trade Gap By $50 Billion

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:15pm
President Trump is announcing new tariffs against China on Thursday.

Trump ordered stiff new tariffs on a wide range of Chinese imports in response to what the White House calls China's unfair treatment of U.S. technology.

(Image credit: Pool/Getty Images)

5 Ways China May Try To Win A Trade War With The U.S.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:33am

After President Trump unleashes new tariffs, China has a number of key U.S. imports — from soybeans to airplanes and iPhones — that it can choose to strike back against.

Why The Graphing Calculator Hasn't Changed Much Since 1994

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00am

Many tech companies keep customers buying by constantly updating their products with new features. So then, why hasn't the graphing calculator changed much over the last few decades?

In Apology, Zuckerberg Promises To Protect Facebook Community

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00am

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will notify the estimated 50 million people whose data was extracted from the social network and handed off to a tech firm working for the Trump campaign.