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Loudoun Economic Development Blog

Information on Loudoun's businesses, both big and small, as well as focused information on the DED's key business sectors and events.

Nov 24

Loudoun is Home to the First Hops Processing Operation in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Kona Gallagher

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Historically, hops have been grown and processed in the Northwest, with Oregon, Idaho and Washington being the top players. With beer becoming an emerging industry in Virginia, expanding our hops production and processing is a natural next step. At a special event in Loudoun County, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Loudoun is leading the way, with the first-ever hops processing facility in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Black Hops Farm has chosen Loudoun as the location of their new venture, Lucketts Mill Hopworks. In addition to the processing facility, Lucketts Mill will devote 15 acres to hops, making it the largest hopsyard in Virginia. The company will provide hops processing services for the region, investing $1 million into Loudoun and creating 11 jobs in the county. The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Loudoun County and Black Hops Farm, by providing a $40,000 grant through the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund. this amount will be matched by Loudoun, for an $80,000 total investment.

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Nov 17

Digital Realty Trust Continues its Loudoun Expansion

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Kona Gallagher

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Digital Realty Trust has more than 130 data center properties in over 30 markets worldwide. However, as Senior Vice-President David Caron says, Loudoun County is one of its top three markets. Specifically, Digital Realty's Ashburn campus is its largest, and will top out at 2 million square-feet at full build-out.

Recently, Digital Realty held an event to formally announce "Building K," the next phase in their expansion. Building K is set to include 16 1,200 kW data center suites with a 19.2 MW total capacity.  Construction is already partially completed, with two suites already available, and two more expected to lease out in the first quarter of 2015.

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Nov 14

Five Easy Ways to Spot Scam IRS Calls

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Kona Gallagher

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You've probably been personally contacted by scam artists trying to get your personal bank account information. Small businesses are also targets for theft and fraud. Some scammers pretend to be with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a way to trick you out of money.

These con artists can sound convincing. They may know a lot about you or your business, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS

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