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by Del. Ken Plum October 12, 2017 at 10:15 am 26 Comments

This is a commentary from Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax), who represents Reston in Virginia’s House of Delegates. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

Candidate Terry McAuliffe promised during his campaign for governor that he would work to build a new economy in Virginia. A reduction of federal spending in the state along with the decline of traditional mining and manufacturing jobs had left the Virginia economy sluggish.

If there was any doubt as to what Gov. McAuliffe had in mind, one only needs to look at his performance in office. His latest performance figures — although these numbers increase daily — are 1,027 new projects, 215,100 jobs created and $165 billion in capital investments. No other governor has come close to these kinds of numbers. But he clearly is not done yet.

Just last week, Gov. McAuliffe announced that Facebook will bring more than $1 billion of new investment to the Commonwealth. Facebook is directly investing $750 million to establish a 970,000-square-foot data center in the White Oak Technology Park in Henrico County. The project will bring thousands of construction jobs to the region and more than 100 full-time operational jobs. Virginia is already a leader in data centers with a record number in Loudoun County.

An exciting aspect to this new project is that with a new renewable energy tariff designed by Dominion Energy Virginia and Facebook, hundreds of millions of additional dollars will be invested in the construction of multiple solar facilities in the Commonwealth to service Facebook’s Henrico data center with 100 percent renewable energy. That feature continues a trend that has been going on in Virginia in the use of solar-generated electricity with new and expanded business projects.

In another project, Amazon is behind what had been the state’s largest planned solar installation to date, an 80-megawatt system in Accomack County. Early last year another solar project was introduced that spurred Virginia’s solar energy market by a partnership among the state, Dominion Virginia Power and Microsoft Corp. to bring a 20-megawatt solar farm to Fauquier County. The 260,000 panels on 125 acres represented more solar energy than was available across all of Virginia two years ago.

Recent evidence demonstrates that the new economy of the Commonwealth is being recognized nationally. Recently, Virginia was ranked in Area Development magazine’s 2017 “Top States for Doing Business” annual survey for the first time since 2010. Overall, the Commonwealth placed 11th out of 20 states ranked in the prestigious annual site consultants’ survey.

The Commonwealth ranked in the Top 10 in five of 12 subcategories that impact companies’ location and facility plans, including: Cooperative & Responsive State Government, fifth; Leading Workforce Development Programs, seventh; Competitive Labor Environment, eighth; Favorable Regulatory Environment, ninth; and Speed of Permitting, ninth. These rankings represent significant advances for Virginia as the state has not placed in any subcategories since 2013. This year also marks the first time Virginia has ever placed in the Cooperative & Responsive State Government, Competitive Labor Environment, and Speed of Permitting categories.

The new economy is proving to be good for jobs, with record low unemployment, and good for communities that were struggling to recover from the Great Recession. At the same time, it is good for the environment, with record growth in solar energy production.

by Dave Emke August 23, 2017 at 11:30 am 3 Comments

The Herndon Police Department is looking for new officers to join its force.

According to the job listing on the Town’s website, the position pays about $53,000 in base salary, with additional pay contingent upon qualifications. In a post on Facebook, the Department says those incentives are provided based upon years of law enforcement experience, college education, military service and bilingual ability.

“We are always accepting applications for certified and non-certified applicants,” said Lisa Herndon, HPD public information specialist. “This post serves to let officers with [Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services] certifications know we are accepting applications for lateral transfers.”

For more information about what it takes to be part of Herndon’s police agency, call 703-435-6824. For more information about HPD, visit its website.

Photo collage via Herndon Police Department on Facebook

by Dave Emke July 25, 2017 at 9:00 am 2 Comments

DRB Meets Tonight — A work session about the St. Johns Wood redevelopment will precede the regular meeting of Reston’s Design Review Board tonight. [Design Review Board]

Cooper’s Hawk Job Fairs Today and Wednesday — Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant (12130 Sunset Hills Road) plans to open next month, but it must hire more than 200 people before then. Its last two hiring events will be today and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, at 12100 Sunset Hills Road Suite 130. [Reston Now]

Former SLHS Coach Takes Over at U. of Arizona — Matt Blamey, who was the head lacrosse coach at South Lakes High School for seven years, was named last week as the new head coach of the University of Arizona’s men’s lacrosse program. [CollegeCrosse.com]

Proposed Zoning Changes To Be Discussed — Fairfax County is hosting an open house Wednesday night at the Herrity Building (12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax) to discuss proposed zoning changes including those to short-term rentals, e.g. Airbnb, and rear-yard coverage such as patios. [Fairfax County]

Loudoun County Shoots Down Metro Tax — The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week on a resolution to oppose a one-cent regional sales tax. County staff have put together an “alternative capital funding scenario” to the tax. [Loudoun Times-Mirror]

Photo courtesy Richard Hernandez

by Dave Emke June 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm 4 Comments

That big new building at 12130 Sunset Hills Road? It’s Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, and it has announced an Aug. 28 opening date.

Before that date, though, the restaurant is looking to hire more than 200 people. Its first hiring fair is set for Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its temporary hiring office, 12100 Sunset Hills Road Suite 130.

“Positions range from servers to line cooks, bartenders to wine tasting room attendants,” according to a press release. “Just about every job needed to run an upscale winery and restaurant needs to be filled.”

Additional hiring events are scheduled for July 11-12 and July 25-26, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Cooper’s Hawk will be conducting open interviews with applicants on the spot, according to the release, as it aims to fill 202 positions.

According to founder and CEO Tim McEnery in the press release:

“We are currently looking to staff team members who have a passion for wine, food and first-class hospitality and look forward to meeting and working with many great members of the community. We are offering our staff a highly competitive pay rate, for example line cooks will be paid at $15 per hour and hosts at $12 per hour.”

Candidates who wish to apply but who are unable to attend a hiring fair are invited to do so online at apply.chwinery.com, or check out @CareersatCH on Twitter and Instagram.

Cooper’s Hawk will be the anchor of the RTC West restaurant and retail complex. Other restaurants expected for the site include Nando’s Peri-Peri, Mezeh Mediterranean Grill and BGR The Burger Joint.

This will be the 30th Cooper’s Hawk location nationwide. There are two others in Virginia, in Ashburn and Richmond.

by RestonNow.com Sponsor December 11, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

Looking for a career where you’ll get to engage with people and love what you do?

SaleCycle in Sterling, Virginia is looking to fill about 20 new sales positions. The company has recently been named the top United Kingdon tech company to work for by Glassdoor.

Join members of SaleCycle for a career fair on Dec. 14 at McCormick and Schmick’s in Reston from 5-8 p.m. to hear more about the available positions and enjoy a drink or two on the company.

The company works to help companies with online shopping cart abandonment. Through remarketing and site engagement, SaleCycle helps keep people on shopping websites and encourages them to hit that final purchase button. Customers include Virgin Atlantic, Panasonic and Ralph Lauren.

Salecycle is a fast growing company with a new office in Sterling. The company has grown from four members in 2010 to more than 130. The company is going through a growth phase and is looking to expand their Sterling presence.

During the event, you’ll hear from the chief revenue officer, head of sales and international recruiters, who will talk more about the company and the opportunities available.

SaleCycle is looking for hardworking, self-motivated people with the right attitudes. Guests will be able to hear more about the company and talk one-on-one with SaleCycle staff.

While it is not required, visitors are welcome to bring copies of their resumes. No previous experience in sales is required.

For more information and to register, please visit http://salecycle.com/lovewhatyousell.

by Karen Goff July 30, 2015 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

 Red’s Table, the soon-to-open restaurant at South Lakes Village Center, is on a hiring spree.

The owners hope to start serving by the end of August, so they need lots of people to make it a success.

Red’s Table is holding hiring open houses Monday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1 to 5 p.m.

Apply in person at 11150 South Lakes Dr. if you are interested in the following openings:

  • Experienced Line Cooks, Shuckers, Prep Cooks
  • Experienced Servers and Bartenders
  • Dishwashers
  • Host Staff
  • Bussers

Here is what the Red’s Table folks want you to know:

At Red’s Table, we believe in hospitality on a personal level, inviting customers to our ‘table’ as readily as William “Red” Tracy did when he entertained family and friends as guests throughout his lifetime. We believe in knowing the farmers who grow our food and bring our seafood to market as well as we know our local customers. We believe in crafting food and drink from scratch, using top ingredients to bring our guests an experience to remember and a reason to return to Red’s Table time after time.

We are an independent group of locals who own multiple locations and have been in the business for two decades.  We don’t have a soul sucking corporate atmosphere but that doesn’t mean we don’t take our businesses, our jobs and our craft seriously. Under the direction of Executive Chef Adam Stein and General Manager Sharon Wetteland, we will be rocking Reston with creative, seasonal, locally sourced food and drink at a location like no other in town.

If you want to leave the cookie-cutter corporate nonsense and crushing DC commute behind, we would like to meet you. Know your stuff? Bring it.

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