E-Bird Newsletter

Upcoming events: ‘Power of innovation: the digital infrastructure evolution in Fairfax County’ + more

Join us forPower of Innovation: The Digital Infrastructure Evolution in Fairfax County,” a webinar event on Thursday, October 14, that explores how our strong digital infrastructure is powering innovation in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia.

To register, please click here.

Presented by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, this is a vitally important conversation, as businesses depend on a robust digital environment for critical operations and customer outreach.

Take a deep dive with us and hear from industry experts on how the region has created one of the strongest digital infrastructure networks in the world that benefits Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and is one reason why Fairfax County is home to 8,700 technology companies.

With opening remarks to be delivered by Alex Iams, executive vice president, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, speakers will include:

  • Adam Noll, co-founder, Chief Commercial Officer, Tenebris
  • Gerardo Bonilla, head of sales, North America, Telxius
  • Brouk Eshetu, assistant general manager, Mid Atlantic, Coresite

A networking session will be held following the presentations.

For more information, please click here.


Workforce Development & Reskilling webinar to be held Sept. 30

The Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance, of which the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is a member, presents the next webinar in its Catalyst for Change webinar series on September 30. The webinar series explores how business leaders use moments of disruption to change the course of their companies to accelerate growth, expand services, meet new needs, and re-design the way toward a brighter future.

This webinar will focus on workforce development and reskilling programs to meet the talent needs of employers. Programs such as Elevate Virginia, Fast Forward Virginia, and government funded educational programs like those offered by Northern Virginia Community College provide workers with the ability to secure training and earn certifications and even their GED/High School diplomas. Creative uses of Cares Act funding such as by the City of Manassas has dedicated $400,000 for just this purpose.

The featured panelists are Nigel Paine, author and change leader, London, UK; Patrick Small, CEcD, executive director, Department of Economic Development, City of Manassas; and Amber Clayton, director, The Knowledge Center, Society for Human Resource Management.

Topics to be discussed:

  • What are the high-growth, well-paying jobs I should target?
  • What are the skills and training needed to get a good job?
  • What should my company do differently to attract high-potential workers?
  • How does my company assess its new needs and reskill workers?
  • How do I plan for a career and not only a job?
  • What are the programs to help me get started?

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Uniting Women in Cyber 2021 event set for October 5-6

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is sponsoring a Cyber Guild hosted event that will unite Fortune 1000 companies, small business technology and security leaders, and government organizations on emerging concepts, innovations, and thought leadership in the changing landscape of cyber.

The 2-day virtual event will welcome hundreds of global attendees, thought leaders, and industry experts from all walks of life and will include perspectives around how we are leading the workforce in developing a broad entry from other industries. This event will focus on translating skills from mid-to advanced career paths, to retooling existing roles, challenging norms, and thinking differently about diversity and inclusion.

Speakers will include:

  • Karen Evans, former CIO, DHS and partner, KE&T Partners
  • Roland Cloutier, global CSO, TikTok
  • Meredith Wallace, director of business intelligence, Next5
  • Diane Janosek, president, Mid-Atlantic WiCY
    Full Speaker to be announced soon.

For more information and to register click here.


TiE DC Capital GovCon 2021 set for Oct. 27-29

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is pleased to sponsor TiE DC’s 4th Annual Capital GovCon 2021 on Oct. 27-29, which brings together over 300 small business owners and professionals and features government and industry leaders making significant digital transformation efforts across their respective agencies.

The event will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton McLean Tysons.

New this year — the first Annual TiE DC Capital ELITE Awards – celebrating Excellence in Leadership, Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship.

Click here for more information, the list of speakers and to register.