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Reston’s Electrify America partners with Ford for EV charging network

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The FordPass app can monitor a vehicle’s current state of charge and, based on long-distance trip plans entered by the owner, plan out efficient station-to-station routes. (Courtesy Ford Motor Company)

Ford has partnered with two companies currently building out electric vehicle charging networks for its own FordPass, a seamless network of EV charging stations that Ford owners will have app-based access to.

Ford is currently working on its first two all-electric vehicles: a Mustang-inspired crossover SUV and an electric version of its popular F-150 pickup truck.

Reston-based Electrify America, whose coast-to-coast network already includes more than 120 ultrafast charging stations at Walmart stores in 34 states, will support the FordPass app with a comprehensive data feed that will show real-time locations and charger status data to Ford vehicles’ touch screens.

The app can also monitor a vehicle’s current state of charge and, based on long-distance trip plans entered by the owner, plan out efficient station-to-station routes.

Electrify America, which is building its EV charging network with funding from Volkswagen’s settlement with U.S. regulators over the carmaker’s diesel emissions-cheating scandal, has set a goal 800 charging stations (with a total of 3,500 charging plugs) in 45 states and D.C. by 2021.

Los Angeles-based Greenlots, a subsidiary of Shell which is also building an EV charging network, will operate the software that runs the FordPass app.

Ford EV owners will not only be directed to the participating charging stations but will be able to pay for the charge through the app, rather than through the charging station operator.

“Among people who already own or want to purchase electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, 48% say that a lack of charging stations is one of their main concerns,” said Ted Cannis, Ford’s director of global electrification.

“By offering industry-leading charging access we are dismantling those barriers.”

Ford is investing $11.5 billion in electrified vehicles through 2022. The electric SUV will come out in late-2020. The electric pickup may come to market as early as 2021.

In addition to Greenlots and Electrify America, other companies building out charging networks are expected to join the FordPass network.


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Sprouts Farmers Market opens store in Herndon

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new Sprouts in Herndon, Virginia. (Courtesy Sprouts Farmers Market)

Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market, whose slogan is “Healthy Living for Less,” opened its first Washington-area store Wednesday in Herndon, Virginia.

The store, at 494 Elden Street in Herndon Centre, takes over a former Kmart space.

Sprouts says it hired 150 full- and part-time workers to staff the new Herndon store.

It is Sprouts’ first D.C.-area store, though it has others in the Baltimore area.

Sprouts store layouts put fresh produce at the center of the store. Its stores also have large bulk food sections and large vitamin departments.

Stores also have prepared entrees, and large meat and seafood departments.

As part of its Herndon opening, its nonprofit arm, The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, is making a $5,000 donation to the YMCA of Reston and a $5,000 donation to Food for Neighbors.

The Herndon store will also donate unsold and edible groceries to the Capital Area Food Bank. It says its 325 stores across the country donated 27 million pounds of food to nonprofit organizations in 2018.


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Northern Va. accounts for 40% of tourist spending in state

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All five Northern Virginia counties rank among the top 10 in the commonwealth for tourism. (Wilsilver77 /iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Virginia’s tourism industry generated a record $26 billion in tourist spending in 2018 — and 40% of that, or $10.3 billion, was spent in Northern Virginia.

Both Arlington and Loudoun counties had record years for tourism last year.

Arlington County, Fairfax County and Loudoun County rank as the top three counties in Virginia for individual tourism spending. All five Northern Virginia Counties rank among the top 10 in the commonwealth for tourism.

Each county has its own tourism marketing offices. But they also pull together to market the region through the Northern Virginia Tourism Partnership, which includes marketing organizations from Alexandria and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William.

“Each of our destinations has its own truly unique array of visitor experiences, from iconic attractions to hotels, shopping, culinary adventures, arts, recreation and more,” said Emily Cassell, president of the Northern Virginia Tourism Partnership.

“Promoting Northern Virginia together as a region helps visitors fully experience the area’s great offerings and is an even bigger win for us and for the commonwealth,” she said.

Tourism accounted for more than 91,400 jobs in Northern Virginia in 2018.

Among the newest additions to tourist attractions in Northern Virginia will be the Tall Ship Providence, a replica of an 18th-century ship, that opens to the public in Old Town Alexandria this fall, and the National Museum of the United States Army, which opens in Arlington in June 2020.

Tourism is the fifth-largest employer in Virginia, supporting 234,000 jobs statewide, according to the Virginia Tourism Corp. Domestic tourists spend roughly $71 million a day in Virginia.


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Hilton tops Fortune’s ‘Best Workplaces for Women’

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This Wednesday, March 30, 2016, photo shows the Hilton hotel in Richmond, Va. Hilton Worldwide tops this Fortune’s Best Large Workplaces for Women list of 2019/ (AP Photo/Steve Helber)


McLean, Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide tops Fortune Magazine’s annual list of 75 Best Large Workplaces for Women this year.

At Hilton, 53% of the company’s nearly 56,000 employees are women, 51% are in management and 29% of Hilton’s executive positions are held by women.

Hilton rose to the top spot from No. 14 on last year’s list.

“Women at Hilton — from hotel team members to corporate executives — help provide the hospitality our guests expect. To ensure they’re empowered to be their best, it’s important that we create meaningful opportunities and an inclusive environment,” said Matt Schuyler, chief human resources officer at Hilton.

Three other locally-based companies are on this year’s list.

Vienna-based Navy Federal Credit Union ranks No. 9 this year. Of its 16,000 employees, 67% are women and 42% hold executive manager positions.

Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott International is No. 19 on this year’s list. Of its 133,000 employees, 54% are women and 35% hold executive and executive manger positions.

McLean-based Capital One ranks No. 65 on the list. Of its 48,000 employees, 53% are women and 7% hold executive manager positions. Women hold 40% of its nonexecutive management positions.

Fortune’s annual list is based on an anonymous survey of large company employees and includes 60 questions covering everything from company values to effectiveness of leadership and how well women are represented in the workforce and in management.

Check out Fortune’s full list of 75 Best Large Workplaces for Women.


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Change of plan. Fairfax County weighs what should replace Topgolf Alexandria.

The first Topgolf in the United States could be replaced with a couple hundred townhomes under a proposed amendment to Fairfax County’s comprehensive plan.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors first authorized a plan amendment review for the roughly 17.4-acre Kingstowne site, fronting South Van Dorn Street, in October 2015. Nearly four years later, staff is back with a recommendation to change the long-range land-use guide to allow for up to 12 units per acre plus 20,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail.

The property owner filed an application in early 2018 to redevelop the site, currently home to Topgolf Alexandria, with 74 townhomes, 164 multifamily stacked units and a 20,000-square-foot commercial building. That proposal was later reduced to 212 townhomes plus a modicum of retail and some area of “developed recreation.” At 12 units per acre, the owner (an LLC tied to a Leesburg single-family address) would be allowed roughly 209 units.

The Ruby Tuesday on the property…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.


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Zaxby’s brings its wings and tenders to Chantilly

Zaxby’s, a popular fried chicken and wings chain in the South, is opening its first D.C.-area location in Chantilly, with plans for several more.

The Zaxby’s, at Shoppes at Eastgate Center, will open Sept. 16, complete with a ribbon cutting attended by members of the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development.

The 3,500-square-foot Zaxby’s will open next to the recently-opened Royal Farms convenience store at 43820 Eastgate Shoppes Drive.

While new to the D.C. area, Zaxby’s is not new to chicken. The Athens, Georgia-based chain was founded in 1990 and has more than 900 locations in 17 states.

The fast-casual restaurant’s made-to-order menu plays the Z in Zaxby’s heavily, with chicken fingerz, zalads and zappatizers. Its wings come with a choice of nine different sauces.

The new Chantilly location has created between 50 and 60 jobs, according to franchise licensees Duran and Felipa Lawson, who plan to open an additional five Zaxby’s locations in Loudoun County in the future, though locations and timing weren’t disclosed.

Check out the Zaxby’s menu ahead of the grand opening.


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Neustar will move its headquarters to Reston Station

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Sterling-based Neustar will move its headquarters to one of three buildings developed by Comstock Holding Cos. at Reston Station. (Courtesy Comstock)

Sterling, Virginia-based information technology company Neustar will move its headquarters and more than 400 employees to a new building under development at Reston Station.

Neustar will anchor one of three office towers being developed by Reston-based Comstock Holding Cos. on Reston Metro Plaza, at 1906 Reston Metro Plaza, consolidating from two current headquarters buildings at its Sterling campus.

“This is a big investment that addresses both our current and future requirements,” said Neustar President and CEO Charlie Gottdiener in a statement.

“The new office will also enhance Neustar’s ability to attract and retain emerging tech talent, address current workspace needs and foster future growth in a sustainably-minded environment,” Gottdiener said.

Reston Station is currently one of the largest mixed-use transit-oriented developments in the D.C. region, covering 40 acres from the Dulles Toll Road and surrounding the Wiehle Reston-East Metro station.

About 2 million square feet of office and residential building is already completed with 2 million more in development. More than 1,000 people already live there.


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New Wawa in Vienna will include Tesla chargers

This article was written by WTOP’s news partner TysonsReporter.com and republished with permission.

The new Wawa in Vienna, Virginia, may not be a gas station, but it will have a bank of electric car chargers.

The Wawa will be located at 465 Maple Ave. W, formerly a Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage that has sat vacant for over a year.

The store will include eight 250 kilowatt Tesla charging posts and two 430 kilowatt Tesla charging cabinets, according to permits filed with Fairfax County.

The chargers will be the first Tesla chargers in Vienna. There are currently three in Tysons with a fourth listed as opening somewhere near the Greensboro Metro station sometime in 2019.

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Wawa also received permits for new signage around the building.

The new location is part of a new series of Wawas throughout the D.C. area, including locations in Columbia Heights, Tenleytown and Adams Morgan.


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Lack of affordable housing in new developments near future Herndon Metro station sparks debate

Within the last five years, more than 500 residential units have been proposed at the door of the future Herndon Metro Station, which is on track to open by the end of 2020. In all three place-making projects that were recently approved by town officials, there are no affordable or workforce housing units.

Comstock’s downtown Herndon redevelopment project — which has 273 apartments — and Penzance’s mixed-use development less than one-tenth of a mile from the future station — which has 455 residential units — will not have any ADU or WDU units. Stanley Martin’s Metro Square project — which has 64 two-over-two condos — also has none. Prices for those units start at $679,990.

Newly elected town council members Cesar del Aguila and Pradip Dhakal are currently mulling ways to create more new affordable and workforce housing. They plan to discuss policy instruments with the county’s Board of Supervisors, the town’s legal staff, and other town and county officials to decide next steps.

“If we do not interfere now and talk to builders, it will be very difficult to manage later. This is the time for the change,” Dhakal said. “We need to work with the county and work independently as a town to see what we can do.”

It’s unclear if the town has enough workforce housing to meet the demands of people who work within or near the town’s borders. The number of residential units in Herndon is expected to increase by 30 percent over the next 25 years, according to county data. Major growth is anticipated in Herndon’s transit station areas.

Unlike Fairfax County, the Town of Herndon does not the statutory authority to mandate the inclusion of workforce or affordable housing units. But now, as the Silver Line trains approach, some local elected officials are pushing for the town to explore ways to include workforce units in new developments at a critical juncture in the town’s history.

Policy options could include seeking state-enabling legislation to create an ADU and WDU program for the town — likely modeled after the county’s program.

Others are looking to dip more into the county’s penny fund — which includes tax dollars from town of Herndon residents and has historically been used to preserve and promote affordable.

But some caution that a WDU and ADU program managed by the town could be too cost-inhibitive.

Melissa Jonas, chairwoman of the Town of Herndon’s Planning Commission, said seeking such a change would likely require a town charter amendment, state-enabling legislation, the creation of a housing office, and other administrative requirements that could result in a “net zero” win for the town.

“It’s not easy and it’s not cheap,” Jonas said.

Jonas, who has worked with the county on numerous affordable housing initiatives, notes that affordable housing is a region-wide challenge that cannot be addressed in isolation of other issues and initiatives.

In the past, the town has leveraged its relationship with the county — which has the administrative and financial resources to maintain and preserve older affordable housings units — to ensure inclusion and housing affordability are a priority in the town. Town officials have also made an effort to educate the town’s planning commissioners about housing affordability issues as new applications cross their desk.

The town’s comparative advantage lies in finding other ways to ensure projects are affordable — including working with places of worship to pursue creative new projects on unused land, increased transparency about development approval timelines, and decreased the cost of doing business in the town.

The county currently provides most of the funding for the town’s housing rehabilitation specialist, who finds ways to preserve and rehabilitate current affordable and workforce housing units. The county also provides administrative support for housing vouchers and other federal programs.

Projects like the units set aside for lower-income households at Herndon Harbor House II are a good start to ensure housing affordable is a central part of community planning. That retirement community was partly financed by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

Dhakal says that’s not enough and Del Aguila says that a town-led ADU or WDU program is “the right thing to do.”

“This initiative will provide several benefits: positively impact the future of many people [and] families by providing an option for home ownership in Northern Virginia,  improve the quality of life for people in our town… and create opportunities for financial security for more residents,”  he said.

Not everyone on the council is convinced of the need to enable the town to regulate affordable housing, including town councilmember Signe Friedrichs.

Friedrichs says there is a lack of consensus on whether or not there is enough affordable housing in the town and that the county is better positioned to manage housing affordability programs. Instead of managing its own program, the town should work with the county to maintain and improve affordable housing options.

“I moved to Herndon partly because it was affordable, and I hope it can stay that way while also improving its housing stock. But I also hope we can maintain, improve and possibly expand our workforce and affordable housing without also increasing our budget, the cost of which would cause people to move out of town,” Friedrichs said.


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Plane tracking company Aireon expands in Tysons

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An infographic shows how Aireon’s plane-tracking satellite system works. (Courtesy Aireon LLC)

Aireon LLC — a company that’s satellite-based aircraft tracking and surveillance system became fully operational earlier this year — is expanding to a new Tysons, Virginia headquarters and will add 50 jobs over the next three years.

The company currently has about 75 employees.

Aireon’s new headquarters at 8484 Westpark Drive is 26,000 square feet, more than double the size of its 1750 Tysons Blvd. location. The company officially made the move July 18.

“Aireon chose to remain in Fairfax County and expand the headquarters due to its proximity to downtown Washington, D.C., the Federal Aviation Administration and the area’s regional and international airports,” said Rich Nyren, chief financial officer of Aireon.

Aireon will receive assistance from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, which provides consulting and funding to companies expanding or relocating in the state.

Aireon, founded in 2011, is a joint venture between Iridium Communications, NAV Canada, Naviair and the Irish Aviation Authority.

Its constellation of satellites piggybacks on Iridium’s communications satellites and provides fully global coverage of air traffic superior to ground based tracking technology.


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