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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Loudoun County, and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) have partnered together to bring much needed renovations to Route 606.

The construction, which is set to begin immediately, will widen the road from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway between Evergreen Mills Road and the Dulles Greenway, which spans roughly 5 miles. The construction is set to be completed Fall of 2017.

The total cost of the project is currently set at $107.7 million. Under the partnership, VDOT is contributing $41.5 million, Loudoun County, approximately $41.2 million, and MWAA is contributing about $25 million as well as about 40 acres of land, valued at approximately $12 million.

To read more on this project, click here or here.

In an effort to help close the skills gap in key industry sectors of critical importance and to encourage employer-led talent development solutions, Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the Commonwealth’s first talent solutions grants competition. With $900,000 in grant money available, job training and developing vital workplace skills for employees will increase and become more efficient.

In partnership with the Virginia Employment Commission, the grants will be made available to three types of private sector applicants:

  • A group of businesses operating in the same industry sector that comes together out of a shared commitment to design and execute an innovative and highly effective training program to develop a talent pipeline of skilled workers for entry level jobs that can lead to career positions.  
  • A group of businesses from different industry sectors that have a common workforce development need and join together to design and execute training to develop shared skill requirements in new job applicants or incumbent workers.  
  • An individual employer who has identified a need to lead a skills development initiative with companies who comprise that employer’s supply chain.  In this type of grant application, the large employer takes the lead in working with members of its supply chain to identify common critical workplace skills that can be developed through incumbent or pre-employment training.

To read the full press release, click here.

The Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has announced that Virginia Velocity, the Governor’s first business plan competition, is now open to applicants!

The competition is open to all for-profit companies in the bioscience and energy sectors that have been operating in their current business for at least 24 months, even those based outside of Virginia. The competition will award at least four winners and reward $850,000 in prizes to those winners. The application period will be open through July 10, 2015.

If you would like to be involved with the competition but are not an eligible organization, there is still a spot for you! Applications for judges and mentors are being accepted as well. Experience in business start-ups, entrepreneurship, and business plan evaluation are required.

If you would like to apply for either spot, click here! If you would like to learn more about Virginia Velocity, click here.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority released an April 27 press release giving the current status of the Dulles Metrorail Project.
Here are some key points to remember as you communicate with your constituents:

Phase 1

  • Global Settlement with DTP settles major Phase 1 close-out issues – major milestone
  • Phase 1 costs up $76 million; still within federally approved Phase 1 budget
  • No impact to tolls due to this $76 million increase


Phase 2

  • Design changes for safety and reliability adding 13 months to Phase 2 schedule
  • Many Phase 1 changes came late in construction, must be incorporated into Phase 2
  • Result will be safer and more reliable system
  • Cost increase expected to fall well within $550 million Phase 2 contingency and thus to have no impact on tolls


To read the complete press release, click here.

For additional information you may call Marcia McAllister at 703-572-0506.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority released an April 27 press release giving the current status of the Dulles Metrorail Project.

Here are some key points to remember as you communicate with your constituents:

Phase 1
Global Settlement with DTP settles major Phase 1 close-out issues – major milestone
Phase 1 costs up $76 million; still within federally approved Phase 1 budget
No impact to tolls due to this $76 million increase

Phase 2
Design changes for safety and reliability adding 13 months to Phase 2 schedule
Many Phase 1 changes came late in construction, must be incorporated into Phase 2
Result will be safer and more reliable system
Cost increase expected to fall well within $550 million Phase 2 contingency and thus to have no impact on tolls

To read the complete press release, click here.

For additional information you may call Marcia McAllister at 703-572-0506.

The Dulles Regional Chamber remains committed to monitoring and making recommendations transportation needs of our area.   We have just sent a letter to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority regarding selection of transportation projects going forward.  Specifically, we have urged them to give priority to projects that:

  • Move the greatest number of people;
  • Reduce congestion and travel time between major employment centers and communities;
  • Increase reliability of the network region-wide while producing the best long-term return on investment;
  • Enhance regional security.

We have urged them to re-examine the draft FY15-16 project list and re-focus our regional tax dollars on projects with the greatest regional and long-term significance. Specifically, the Route 28 and Route 1 widening, Route 28 bypass study, Fairfax County Parkway Improvements study, and Loudoun County Parkway extension to U.S. 50, meet such criteria. Several proposed transit projects such as 8-car Metro Train power upgrades, Connector Bus Service Expansion, Innovation Center Metrorail Station construction also meet this criteria.

We further urge that a greater, more substantial balance be set aside in reserve until other projects of greater regional significance are ready for construction and that FY 2015-2016 investments be limited to those with the greatest congestion reduction potential. A coordinated, long-term, regional strategy consisting of projects of greatest regional significance is essential to our region’s future economic competiveness and quality of life. It’s how well our regional dollars are invested, not how fast that matters most.

U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are considering an overhaul of the U.S. income-tax system.  As a result, there are also discussions about the possibilities of a consumption tax.  In a recent Wall Street Journal article, John D. McKinnon discussed what lawmakers are considering.

Click HERE to read the full story.