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Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
FOX 5 Special Report - Managing Your Internet Image/Reputation
Here's a great special report by FOX 5 DC News, regarding Internet Image Management and Internet Reputation Management - including interviews with KME Internet Marketing!
View now to understand how your online reputation should be managed, controlled, monitored and improved.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Dulles South Multipurpose Center
New Dulles South Multipurpose Center
The grand opening of the Dulles South Multipurpose Center is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, 2008. Festivities include a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours, refreshments, games, old-fashioned snow cone and cotton candy machines, and giant inflatables. For more information, please view the news release.
Loudoun County Economic Development
Caught this recently in a "Potomac Tech Wire" Newsletter. It's (finally) a pretty decent effort for Loudoun County to reach out and about around the region to solicit the advantages of business locations in Loudoun County, directly to the kind of industry stakeholders who are involved in actual growth industries (i.e. tech-related)
The Loudoun Advantage: Choice, Convenience, Cost, & Concierge Services
Offering the choice of office, flex and industrial sites in three distinct geographies, the convenience of campus-style development with easy access to both Dulles Airport and a highly-educated workforce, the cost savings of our regionally-lower price points, and the concierge services of Loudoun County Economic Development, a business location in Loudoun can be a smart move in today's economy. The Department of Economic Development is here to guide you through it all, with expert advisory services, hands-on site selection and process assistance, and connections to the right business and community partners. Whether you’re a new start-up, or an established company considering expansion or relocation, we know how much you’re juggling. We’re here to make it all easier, so let’s get started. Check us out at:
We’re more than you imagine!
We like this outreach campaign so much, we're willing to throw in something additional...if you take the Department of Economic Development up on its offer of assistance, and engage in serious consideration of Loudoun for re-location - we'll provide some FREE search engine marketing (SEO/SEM) assistance and online press with respect to your pending or actual relocation. A great kickstart to the parallel establishment of your online reputation in the area, along with offline.
Contact us at:
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South Riding, VA
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Update on Dulles South Schools Lenah Property, MS-5 and HS-7
Here's an update directly from our Loudoun County Dulles District Supervisor - Stevens Miller:
(Note also Tom Reed's comment on a previous posting, "The Joint Committee of the Board of Supervisors and the School Board will meet on July 10th at 4:00PM at the County Government Center. The agenda this month concerns capital facility projects. The first 15 minutes of the meeting is set aside for public comments.")
"At my request, the board has directed county staff to create a list of potential school sites. My request was and is intended to make it easier to find sites, obtain them, and open schools on them, than it already is. It is not intended to delay the opening of any school, nor will it freeze any procurement already in progress. By having a list, I hope to make the process more competitive amongst sellers, so as to save citizens some money, and create a more liquid market. It's only an idea, but I think it deserves a chance.
Quite apart from whether that list ever turns out to be useful, I have some questions about the Lenah site regarding price and location. Some people seem to think that just by asking questions I am showing a desire to oppose the site. There's nothing I can do about such misconceptions, it appears. For example, I have asked why the school board is offering $200,000 per acre when the seller has filed an appeal with the Board of Equalization arguing that the land is worth about one-tenth of that rate. I would be in gross dereliction of my duty to all Loudoun taxpayers if I didn' t at least ask for an explanation of that extraordinary difference.
Somehow, many people have come to the conclusion that there is no other site but Lenah that can host a school. Again, by moving for a list of sites, I have only asked a question: are there any other sites or not? If not, then I will accept that. But I feel it is my duty to ask, even if some people are going to criticize me for it.
I am committed to opening schools where they are needed just as soon as doing so responsibly is possible. I will not knowingly act irresponsibly.
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors"
Thursday, July 03, 2008
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While it seems like the high-growth, high-density areas of Loudoun County are still "new" communities - houses in these newer neighborhoods do age remarkably quickly. Most "built-to-model" construction leverages fairly average, though reasonable, components - many of which are beginning to fail after these past 8-10 years. Our house was built in South Riding in 1998 - and all sorts of things are falling apart already - like the fixtures, the appliances, the air-conditioning, the wood trim, the weatherstripping and windows, and of course the gas grill. We're heading into a major "renovation" phase of the 10-year "keep the HOA happy" cycle, and first up will likely be the windows (before winter!).
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Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Lenah Site for Dulles South High School and Middle Schools - HS7 and MS5
Quite a bit of grass roots activism is generating quickly around approval of a site near Lenah Run selected for two desparately-needed schools in the Dulles South area. It appears that, although the Loudoun School Board spent 3 years evaluating site options and settling on this one, a minority of very vocal opinion in the area is seemingly on the path to convincing the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, led by Stevens Miller (Dulles District Supervisor), that procurement authority should shift from the School Board (as provided by Virginia legislation) to the BOS. These actions and an apparent initiative by Stevens Miller to "put a freeze on the Lenah site to investigate a new procedure for site procurement" (as relayed by local email communications) appear to (A) grossly underserve the needs of area children, and (B) appear not to reflect the mind of the majority of Dulles District constituents.
The Dulles area continues its rapid growth, and evidently, by 2010/2011, the existing schools will be overcrowded (even beyond current crowding) to the point that class sizes will be untenable, children may need to be bussed to other schools, and quality of education will markedly suffer. That is why the current Lenah area selection for HS7 and MS5, consolidated on a single property, is a timely, appropriate and absolutely essential procurement.
We've written a lot in this and other forums about the rapidly decreasing quality of public schools in our County, due mainly to symptoms related to rapid growth and overcrowding - let's take a stand to stem this decline, and provide our children with the educational quality, safety from gang influence and community stability they're entitled to.
The Board of Supervisors and this area's representative need to be reminded of their previous acknowledgements of this dire overcrowding and the need for additional schools in Dulles South, and reminded that their constituents' majority opinion require prioritized attention. Minority opinion is important, but doesn't yield votes. Remind them at the next BOS meetings -
Public input dates at the Board of Supervisors:
Monday, July 7 6:30
Monday, July 14 6:30
(If you've got different, better or revised information than that we've relayed here, please let us know, so we can be as accurate and timely as possible.)
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