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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 4:53 pm

As part of the Board of Supervisors’ initiative to increase Loudoun’s “business-friendly” profile, a Business Assistance Team has been created within the county government. The team is made up of personnel from several departments who specialize in an area of the commercial development process, such as permitting, licensing, mapping and zoning.

“The creation of the multi-departmental team grew out of the Board of Supervisors’ commitment to create a business-friendly environment that encourages commercial growth – whether it’s in our Zoning Ordinance or at our front counters,” Kenny Young, senior project manager in the Office of the County Administrator said. “We are continually trying to improve our process so that no matter which door customers come in, they're at the right place to get help. In Loudoun, there's no wrong door.”

Barbara Zimmerman, the assistant director of the Department of Building and Development, will head the Business Assistance Team. She said the team’s goal is to “provide a seamless and coordinated experience for our business customers, regardless of which department the customer contacts first. Our team members will participate in cross-departmental trainings that will emphasize coordination, follow-through and accountability to the customer.”

The Business Assistance Team also is partnering with the Town of Leesburg's Department of Economic Development and the Loudoun Small Business Development Center to explain the current initiatives and to advise the public as to where they can get answers to business-related questions.

More information, including links to important information for business customers, is online at www.loudoun.gov/businessassistance.

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3 comments:

  • norges55 posted at 2:47 pm on Mon, Jan 21, 2013.

    norges55 Posts: 1042

    Here some business assistance and it includes the 750 thousand dollar fine to the Toll Brothers cause they were dumping hazardous wate down the drainprobably cause it's cheaper to pay the fine then to dispose of the waste properly.
    Toll Brothers to shift 27 acres from commercial to residential in the Belmont Executive Center site .
    This is another bait and switch that our Board of Supervisors is famous for!
    Recently the stadium at One Loudoun, Goose Creek, changing from a senior center at Wegmans to family dwellings, Kincora, parking for the mosque, the church property in Sterling...
    Now the Toll Brothers want to change their site to include 432 new homes with 4 people per home that’s 1728 new people. Almost half of these people about 850 will drive daily and almost half of them or about 850 kids will be a drain on the school. budget of 9.5 million dollars. Newer elementary school have enrollments of 800 to 870 kids. In essence the redo that the Toll brothers what will cost the Loudoun Taxpayer a NEW school.
    According to Kira Sterling the plans were appropriate for the time but now that the housing market is starting to go up the Toll Brothers want a special exception exception from our trusty Board of Supervisors that it just so happens that the Chairman of said board once worked as a contractor for the Toll Brothers. Once upon a time York “winning” $10,000 from a Toll Brothers giveaway is not a gift from a major landowner with rezoning applications? But then we are not beholding to anyone.

     
  • norges55 posted at 7:17 am on Sun, Jan 20, 2013.

    norges55 Posts: 1042

    Why isn't this a job for the Department of Econimic Development.

     
  • eshebert posted at 5:48 pm on Thu, Jan 17, 2013.

    eshebert Posts: 5

    This sounds like a great opportunity to take a look at current permitting, licensing, mapping and zoning issues/regulations etc. and make the changes necessary to allow for business friendly environmnet. While combining departments is one thing, it's only addresses logistics.