Department of Economic Initiatives (DEI)

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Our office is open 8:30AM-4:30PM M-F

703-324-5171 | TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 432
Fairfax, VA 22035

Rebecca Moudry, Director

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WHAT WE DO

Department of Economic Initiatives (DEI) leverages county resources and develops policy recommendations to foster economic development and position Fairfax to be an economically competitive and prosperous community. It also works closely with small, local businesses to advise and guide them as they grow.

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Entrepreneur Education Calendar

The most important step to starting a business is good planning. Fairfax County and its partners offer free support and resources to assist you. Check out our Entrepreneur Education calendar for seminars, classes and more to help you achieve your business goals. 

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Fairfax Peak

Alpine-X, a Virginia-based company, has submitted a proposal to build a 450,000-square-foot snow-sports center with plans for a 1,700-foot long, 280-foot high ski slope. If approved, this project, known as Fairfax Peak,  would sit  on the I-95 Lorton landfill, owned by Fairfax County.


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February 16, 2022
Navigating What’s Next is more than a tag line, it’s how the Department of Economic Initiatives tackles its work. We support “What’s Next” in Fairfax County through innovative solutions, strategically developed public private partnerships and tailored development of entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystems. We are proud to kick-off 2022 with our new logo, opening the next chapter in our commitment to spur economic innovation and support prosperous businesses, workers and communities. With the help of our business, nonprofit and county agency partners help we have been able to deliver millions of dollars in pandemic support, help small businesses recover and grow, and create partnership opportunities that allowed catalytic programs to increase our tax base and transform the county. And that is just the beginning... Click on GIF below to see an overview of what we have been able to accomplish together in 2021. And, if you want to do a deeper dive, we have compiled a detailed year-in-review report that takes more in-depth look at DEI’s project work. Together we go far! We look forward to continuing our partnerships in 2022!  

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March 3, 2022
Fairfax County Seeks Expressions of Interest as Redevelopment of Historic Building Continues Fairfax County has issued a “Request for Expressions of Interest” (RFI) for the adaptive reuse of the Original Mount Vernon High School (OMVHS). As part of its plan to redevelop the historic building and campus into a vibrant community hub, the county is seeking out organizations interested in creating a food-based business accelerator and entrepreneurship center. The food business accelerator will serve as an anchor tenant and will join the teen and senior center already on site. Future development includes a theatre, space for education and workforce development, childcare, and a separate technology-based business center. The renewal of this historic landmark is expected to provide economic opportunities, encourage business growth, and contribute to the economic diversification of this rapidly growing corridor.  The RFI is located online and responses will be accepted, reviewed, and possibly recommended for further consideration or implementation on a rolling basis in order of submission until March 31, 2022. A food business accelerator is a fully licensed shared-use commercial space that is certified for food production. Members rent the kitchen by the hour, day, or month to produce specialty food products and receive guidance and coaching to improve their independent businesses. The RFI seeks a food business accelerator operator that will provide a programming component focused on helping participating entrepreneurs and small businesses to scale or expand.  The master plan for OMVHS calls for shared multigenerational, vibrant community spaces with public and private, educational, recreational, and nonprofit uses, as well as pedestrian connections to the nearby future bus rapid transit station. This location is next to one of nine potential rapid transit stations that will run along the highway from Huntington Metro Station to Fort Belvoir, as proposed in Embark, the Route 1 corridor revitalization plan.   Background on Original Mount Vernon High School The building was originally built in 1939 on land that used to be part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and is a classic example of Colonial Revival architecture. The 22-acre property was used as a high school until 1973 and then a middle school until 1985. The building was then leased to the Islamic Saudi Academy in 1989 until that school relocated to a new building in 2016. The approximately 140,000-square-foot Mount Vernon High School facility consists of the main high school building and several smaller buildings to the west and south of the main structure. There are two athletic fields to the southeast of the property that are scheduled for community use. In 1987, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources determined that the high school property was eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The school was listed on the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register in December 2017, and in the National Registry of Historic Places in May 2018.    About the Department of Economic Initiatives The Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiatives (DEI) leads programs and initiatives to foster economic development and position Fairfax County to be an economically competitive and prosperous community for all. DEI delivers innovative solutions to cultivate a diverse and thriving local business base, facilitate development through public-private partnerships that address strategic priorities, and foster an entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem within the County and the region, building on competitive economic strengths.

Fairfax RISE

September 17, 2020
Fairfax County Increases Funding for Fairfax RISE: Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant Program The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted today to add $20 million in funding to the Fairfax Relief Initiative to Support Employers (RISE) program, bringing total program funding to $46 million. Fairfax RISE assists small businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. The additional funding will come from the county’s portion of federal CARES Act funds. “Small businesses are at the heart of Fairfax County’s economy. There is significant need across the community for support and we saw a huge response to the Fairfax RISE program,” noted Fairfax County Board Chairman Jeffrey McKay,” I’m proud we could expand this program and support even more of our small businesses.” The RISE grant program is intended to help address funding gaps that may exist among complementary programs at the state and federal levels and provides relief to small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Fairfax RISE grants do not have to be repaid. A minimum of 30% of the program’s funding is allocated for minority-, veteran-, and women-owned businesses. More than two-thirds of the businesses who applied for RISE grants fall within those categories. Over 2,000 of the original 6,100 applicants were offered grants. The additional funding, along with $1 million from the Town of Vienna, will allow the program to serve at least 4,000 total applicants. At this time no new applications will be accepted. All grants will be offered to the initial applicants who applied, but were unable to be funded due to the volume of requests.  

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3:00PM, The Board of Supervisors Economic Advisory Commission is scheduled to…

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