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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.

Aug 29

Innovation and Collaboration at the First Loudoun County Challenge

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM by Kona Gallagher

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The inaugural Loudoun County Challenge was held this week, bringing together the best minds in our area to offer solutions to hard-to-solve public safety problems. The event, hosted by Loudoun Economic Development, Innovative Solutions Consortium, CIT and the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, brought 11 local companies together to present proof-of-concept solutions to a panel of experts.

Chief Michael Johnson of Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, Second Lieutenant Charles Manning of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and former DARPA Program Manager Owen Brown were among the panelists selected to judge the presentations. The entrants were tasked with finding solutions to common problems across Loudoun and many other municipalities nationwide, including traffic congestion and first responder communication. Each company presented their unique take on solving these issues, and then collaborated at the end to show how their products could work together to create a cohesive solution.

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Aug 26

Find Innovative Solutions at the Loudoun County Challenge

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM by Kona Gallagher

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How do we address challenges like road closures due to accidents or flooding? Who re-routes the ambulance when the direct route is closed? How do we track first responders in buildings? These are questions that municipalities across the country face on a daily basis. Loudoun County has decided to tackle them head on, challenging the Innovative Solutions Consortium to find answers.

On Wednesday, August 27, ISC and the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development are holding an event at AOL to provide "proof of concept" solutions to some of Loudoun's most difficult technology challenges. This inaugural event is focused on public safety and transportation issues, and brings together county leaders, first responders and technology and innovation experts to give their perspectives on the challenges we face-- and their solutions.

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Aug 15

The Silver Line, Business Growth and the Loudoun Challenge - DED in the News

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 4:34 PM by Kona Gallagher

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Loudoun County is a hotbed of economic development news. Stay tuned to this blog, where we'll post a roundup of the biggest stories to appear in the press. As always, if you want to stay up-to-date on everything that's going on in the world of Loudoun economic development, you can follow us on 
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