Loudoun supervisors touted the successes and growth in the county over the past several years while kicking off the Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 PolicyMakers on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Board Vice Chairman Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn) again mentioned the county’s gap between its expected budget needs and expected revenues, which at less than $5 million is by far the lowest in recent years.
“Why is that?” Buona said. “Because our economic development efforts are paying dividends.”
The Chamber also launched last year’s PolicyMakers Series with a Board of Supervisors breakfast. At that breakfast, Buona promised: “You’re going to see more dirt flying in the next 18 months than in the last 20 years.” This year, he said: “All you had to do was drive here today on Rt. 7, and you can see we are moving a lot of dirt.”
Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian), chairwoman of the board’s Transportation and Land Use Committee, said by the end of the current board’s term, the county will have completed and opened almost 66 lane miles of road in a four-year period. She also pointed to new online permitting, a new builders group of industry professionals, and—she hopes—plans for a new land management system and electronic plan review in this year’s budget.
She said she has a favorite line from monthly VDOT reports: “’Work is complete, therefore this project will be removed from future reports.’ And we’re seeing that every month, which is wonderful.”
Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles), chairman of the board’s finance committee, pointed to the DC area’s strong economy, and Loudoun’s many distinctions: the most business investment for a county of its size, according to the International Economic Development Council; the highest median household income for jurisdictions with populations 65,000 for nine years running; the fastest growing data-center market in the world; the largest equine industry in Virginia; and the most wineries and breweries in Virginia, among accolades.
“You can see our numbers are up in the areas we want them to be up,” Letourneau said.