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  • January 2, 2018

  • Supervisor Jeff McKay gives a summary of 2017 in Lee District in the local Connection Newspapers saying, “Many big changes came to Lee District and Fairfax County this year, and many of those changes benefit our ongoing revitalization efforts and improve the way we deliver services to residents. Thanks in no small part to our community’s hard work, it was overall a strong year for Lee District and Fairfax County as a whole.” Click here to read more.


    As we close out 2017, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital’s CEO Dr. Donald Brideau shares highlights from the year. Learn about Inova Mount Vernon Hospital's year and how they continue to grow to meet the needs of the community. We are very fortunate to have such a quality health care institution in our community.

    Help “Stuff the Bus,” a FastTran bus will be in the parking lot of Shoppers Food Warehouse, 7660 Richmond Highway, on Saturday, January 13, 9:30 a to 4:30 pm to receive donations for UCM food pantry.  Purchase food and other needed items and drop your donation at the bus.

    GrandInvolve. The Match Game: Volunteering With Passion and Purpose. Join us on January 18, 10 am – 12 pm  for a workshop designed to help you match your skills, hobbies and passion with volunteer opportunities in our community while learning about GrandInvolve  - a unique volunteer experience that uses your skills and experience to help students in our community succeed in school.  Woodlawn Center at Woodlawn Elementary School, Entrance #7, 8505 Highland La, Alexandria.   If schools are delayed or closed due to weather, this event will be rescheduled.  Emailinfo@grandinvolve.org. You can also visit their website at https://www.grandinvolve.org.

    Congressman Don Beyer announced that the National Park Service will conduct a traffic study of the George Washington Memorial Parkway during 2018 to evaluate key intersections. They propose to use the study to recommend safety improvements, and also plan to undertake traffic monitoring upgrades in the meantime. Congressman Beyer also noted that NPS has approved $227 to fully repair Memorial Bridge and that he was able to get legislation passed to create a visitors center at the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial.

    Liberty Tax, a leading tax preparation franchise, will open the 2018 tax season with the largest tax refund advance offer in the industry at participating locations. Liberty Tax is working with Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, to offer the Easy Advance* loan of up to $3,250. There are no fees or interest associated with the loan, which is secured by the tax refund. Proceeds typically are available within 24 hours. Liberty Tax offices across the U.S. will open on January 2, for the 2018 tax season. Taxpayers can apply for the Easy Advance from January 2 to February 28, 2018.

    Thinking of starting a business? Got a business idea but don't know where to start? Looking for resources to grow and expand your business? The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), in partnership with the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), the Community Business Partnership (CBP) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), conducts a free monthly workshop for those persons that are interested in starting a business in Fairfax County. The workshop provides an overview of start-up basics (licenses and permits), workforce services and training programs, and SBA resources including financing and certification programs. The workshops are typically held the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30am - 10:30am. There is no cost to attend the workshops however pre-registration is required.


    Inova Health Systems has launched the Personalized Health Accelerator. The hospital system is seeking to become a hub for med-tech development as well as a prime destination for global medical experts. Inova is offering health technology entrepreneurs $75,000 in exchange for 10 percent equity in companies it accepts into its program. Companies in the IPHA will have access to the Inova Health System as a potential customers and advisors and to the Inova Strategic Investments network as potential investors and partners.

    The IPHA will put startups through an individualized program, which through the guidance of top coaches, will craft a customized business plan. The accelerator phase is designed to last four to five month. Inova will also match up to $250,000 in funds if company founders can raise outside commitments.

    The accelerator is just a small piece of what's going on at Inova's 117-acre campus being developed just off of Gallows Road in Merrifield across the street from Inova Fairfax Hospital. Since acquiring the former Exxon Mobil site, the health care provider has been busy, creating collaborations with the University of Virginia and George Mason University to facilitate research.

    The campus currently consists of five main buildings housing the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, Inova Clinic, Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Institute, a technology and innovation facility and a conference center.
    "The objective is to build out a strong life science/bioscience clinical research [and] education ecosystem on this campus that is, first and foremost, about improving the human condition and also an economic engine for Fairfax County and Northern Virginia," Inova Center for Personalized Health CEO Todd Stottlemyer told Angela Woolsey, who recently took a closer look at Inova's recent transformation for the Fairfax County Times.

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