Thursday, April 25, 2013
Speakers hail from streetsense, JBG Rosenfeld, and MRP Realty.
Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) will host a Mixed-Use Summit to discuss mixed-use developments on May 1. Confirmed speakers include Tom Sebastian of real estate development firm JBG Rosenfeld, James McCandless of development and design firm streetsense. and John Begert of real estate development firm MRP Realty. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in SFDC's office at 6677 Richmond Highway in Alexandria. Coffee, a light breakfast, and networking will begin at 8 am. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
All winners will be recognized at the annual gala on April 27.
The Mount Vernon Council of Citizens' Associations (MVCCA) has announced the recipients of its 2013 Citizen of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Student of the Year awards. Citizen of the Year: Becky & Jeff Todd have been stars in the Mount Vernon community for over 30 years. Prior to Jeff Todd’s death in 2011, together they championed those in need and local athletic teams and helped Richmond Highway to revitalize and grow. Since the death of her husband, Becky has continued to work tirelessly, carrying on the work they started. Organization of the Year: Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce (MVLCC) and the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC). Both the SFDC and MVLCC, are under the directorship of Volunteer Boards of …
Friday, March 8, 2013
The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce held a roundtable Thursday about what the across-the-board cuts will mean to the Northern Virginia economy.
What will sequestration's $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts do to the Northern Virginia economy? Specifics are hard to come by, but it doesn't look good. Fairfax County executive Ed Long is hoping that the White House will soon put forward a proposal outlining the 10-year implementation of the cuts. "I think the rest of the world is interested in how we are dealing with this issue," said Long. "We know we are going to take a hit, but tell us what is going to be hit and we'll move forward." Congress triggerred the sequester after failing to meet the March 1 deadline to compromise on $1.2 trillion in debt reduction, and this year the U.S. military will be forced to cut $46 billion and domestic defense spending will be cut by $85 …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Five speakers will discuss government and housing trends in the post-fiscal cliff economy.
Spots are still available for the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) and the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Forum at the Belle Haven Country Club on Thursday. Confirmed speakers include the following: Presentations will highlight local trends in government and housing in a post-fiscal cliff economy. Reservations can be made online at the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber website. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the Belle Haven Country Club.
Edythe Frankel Kelleher is the organization's new Executive Director.
Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation announced Monday that Edythe Frankel Kelleher has been named the organization's new executive director. Kelleher will replace former executive director David Versel. Versel left SFDC in January to work at the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. According to a press release issued by SFDC, Kelleher brings 17 years of experience working in local government, including serving on the staff of Mason District Supervisor Penelope Gross and the Vienna Town Council. Kelleher also serves on the executive committee of the Virginia Municipal League. Before she worked in local government, Kelleher was a property manager and analyst with Legum & Norman, a project administrator with ST …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
After announcing his departure, Southeast Fairfax Executive Director reflects on time at nonprofit organization.
Southeast Fairfax Executive Director David Versel announced his departure from the non-profit on Tuesday. Versel will be leaving SFDC on Jan. 31 to work at the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. During his tenure at SFDC, Versel completed many revitalization projects on the Route 1 corridor, including the Beacon of Groveton apartments and phase two of the Kings Crossing development. Versel has made it a priority to connect with residents of the Route 1 corridor and educate them about revitalization, speaking at many local events. Patch caught up with Versel to discuss his time at SFDC. Patch: What will you be doing in your new role at the Center for Regional Analysis? David Versel: My title will be Senior Research …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
David Versel will leave the non-profit to work at the Center of Regional Analysis.
Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) Executive Director David Versel recently announced he is leaving the non-profit on Jan. 31. Versel will work for Dr. Stephen Fuller at the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. "While my time at SFDC was relatively short, I am very proud of the changes that have occurred in both the organization and the Richmond Highway corridor during my tenure," Versel said in an email sent to SFDC listserv subscribers Tuesday. Versel began his tenure as executive director of SFDC in November 2011. The last year and a half was a banner year for the organization; the longtime efforts of the Board of Directors and staff brought many new projects to the Route 1 corridor including Kings …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Mary Thonen Beautification Awards were distributed at Wednesday's open house.
Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation unveiled its new office and recognized local property owners for their beautification efforts at its open house Wednesday night. Residents turned out in droves at the open house, which was hosted at SFDC's new office in Groveton. "I'm completely floored by the turnout," Versel said. "I was expecting half as many people." The following commercial property owners received Mary Thonen Beautification Awards for making extraordinary efforts to beautify their sites. Montebello was also recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award for its longtime commitment to beautification.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Local economic development corp. invites community to new offices.
The Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation will ring in 2013 Wednesday with an open house. Guests will learn more about SFDC’s new office space and logo, the completion of the Beacon of Groveton and Kings Crossing Phase II, and the approval of new revitalization projects on Richmond Highway. SFDC will also present the 12th annual Mary Thonen Beautification Awards to five properties that have made outstanding efforts to improve the appearance of their business through landscaping and planting. The Montebello condominiums will be recognized for its status as a leader in the beautification of the Route 1 corridor for two years. The SFDC open house is free and open to the public. The open house will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday at 6677 …
Friday, November 9, 2012
SFDC, Fairfax County, and VDOT unveiled the first of 12 wayfinding signs to be installed in November.
The Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC), VDOT, and Fairfax County unveiled the first of 12 new Richmond Highway wayfinding signs in a ceremony on Wednesday. The new wayfinding signs are part of a statewide pilot program and is a collaborative effort between VDOT, SFDC, and Fairfax County. Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland told attendees, "This is a great day for the entire Richmond Highway community." Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay added, “These signs add to the long list of recent improvements to our neighborhoods." The first wayfinding sign is located outside the Potomac Square shopping center on Richmond Highway. The sign marks the Mount Zephyr commercial area. "These high-quality and durable signs help to …