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                                                                                                 October 2018 Issue 2 


News from the Northern Virginia Chamber 

JUST ANNOUNCED: GovCon Talent for the Next Gen: Recruit, Reward, Retain, Retire
Now is a critical time in the gov con industry to focus on the 4 R’s: Recruit, Retain, Retire, Reward. How can the industry better engage employees, specifically millennials, as a wave of retirement has happened within the gov con industry? Please join us for a crucial discussion regarding the 4 R’s: Recruit, Retain, Retire, Reward on Monday, November 19 from 8:00 – 10:00 AM (registration opens at 7:30) at George Mason University, Arlington Campus. You will hear from a variety of speakers that include CHROs, retired or soon to be retired industry leaders, millennials in the industry, and other stakeholder that have insight on all 4 R’s and how your company can improve their approach. We are looking forward to you joining us on this important and timely topic. To learn more and register, click here.

Capital Region Workforce Summit on 12/5
The Northern Virginia Chamber, in cooperation with the Greater Washington Partnership, invites you to the Capital Region Workforce Summit – a conversation with top leaders in the business community that will address the most pressing issues affecting our region’s workforce on Wednesday, December 5 from 8:30 – 11:00 AM at the Inova Conference Center in Fairfax. Despite the critical role that human capital plays in business outcomes, it has struggled to gain and retain its seat at the executive table. Even with one of the most educated populations in the United States, firms of all sizes in the Capital Region are struggling to recruit, develop, and retain the talent they need. The featured keynote panel, moderated by Jason Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Washington Partnership, includes: Alison Corazzini, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Capital One and Kevin Virostek, Greater Washington Managing Partner, EY. To learn more and register, click here.

Annual State of Healthcare on 11/13
Join the business leaders throughout the region for the Chamber’s Annual State of Healthcare in the Commonwealth event featuring Secretary Daniel Carey, M.D., Virginia’s Secretary of Health & Human Resources and a robust panel of healthcare experts from across the healthcare industry on Tuesday, November 13 from 3:00-5:00PM at the Northern Virginia Chamber. In an eventful year for healthcare both in the Commonwealth and across the country, join the Northern Virginia Chamber for a robust discussion on what these continued changes in the healthcare market mean for your business and for the industry. Learn more and register here.

Northern Virginia Chamber Policy Luncheon Series Continues on November 1st with Senators George Barker and Jeremy McPike

On Thursday, November 1 from 12:00-1:30 PM, the Northern Virginia Chamber will continue its policy luncheon series with two members of the Senate of Virginia - Senator George Barker (D-Fairfax) and Senator Jeremy McPike (D-Prince William). The luncheon will take place at the Chamber’s offices at 7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550 (Fifth Floor) in Tysons. These monthly luncheons are designed to be informal opportunities for Northern Virginia Chamber members to interact with elected leaders from across the region and across the Commonwealth. Senator Barker has represented the 39th Senate District since 2008, which includes parts of Fairfax County, Prince William County, and the City of Alexandria. He sits on the Finance Committee, Education and Health Committee, and the General Laws and Technology Committee. Senator McPike has represented the 29th Senate District since 2016, which includes the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park as well as part of Prince William County. He sits on the General Laws and Technology Committee, Local Government Committee, and the Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee. To RSVP, please reach out directly to Mike Forehand at

Join the Chamber Policy Committee for 2019 Legislative Agenda Development Sessions
Each Fall, the Northern Virginia Chamber Policy Committee hosts a number of policy development sessions where members have the opportunity to set the Chamber’s legislative priorities for the coming year. Led by Policy Chair Kathryn Falk of Cox Communications and Vice Chair Tom Rust of Pennoni, Chamber members are invited to participate in these meetings to craft the Chamber’s 2019 Legislative Agenda. Focused on a broad range of policy areas impacting Northern Virginia’s business climate, the Northern Virginia Chamber Legislative Agenda outlines the business community’s policy priorities that the Chamber’s Government Relations staff will advocate for at the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond and with local governments across the region.

The Northern Virginia Chamber 2019 policy development sessions are scheduled as follows:
• Wednesday, October 24: Education and Workforce
• Tuesday, October 30: Economic Diversification and Business Climate
• Friday, November 9: Healthcare and Energy
• Tuesday, November 13: Wrap Up Session and Other Topics

All meetings will take place from 8:00-9:30 AM at the Northern Virginia Chamber offices, located at 7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550 (Fifth Floor), Tysons, Virginia 22102. If you have questions, or to RSVP for any/all of the above sessions, please reach out directly to Mike Forehand (


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Leadership Fairfax’s 30th Anniversary Celebration
Leadership Fairfax is turning 30! Celebrate 30 years of community partnerships, volunteer projects and leadership development with fellow leaders, colleagues, friends and alumni. the 30th Anniversary event celebrates Leadership Fairfax’s beginnings as a program of the then Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce through its development into an independent community nonprofit that has graduated over 1,800 alumni. The event will feature entertainment, signature cocktails, dancing, an awesome silent auction, and networking, as well as TEDx style talks and much more! The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6:00-9:30PM at the Inova Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax. To learn more and register, click here.

Register for George Mason University’s Annual Business Celebration
Register today for George Mason University’s Annual Business Celebration, hosted by George Mason’s School of Business. The event will take place on Thursday, October 25 from 6:00-10:00PM at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center. The celebration brings together 350+ George Mason University community partners, alumni, faculty, and students. Join the party and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, distinguished success, and generous engagement of George Mason’s School of Business community. Enjoy unlimited hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails, network with alumni and School of Business partners, and much more! Learn more about the event and register here.

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Continues its Nationwide Expansion
Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies announced that Thomas A. Lisk, an attorney and government relations professional who has represented business interests and trade associations before the Virginia General Assembly since 1980, has joined the firm as a managing director of its fast-growing Public Strategies Group in Richmond, VA. Lisk comes to the firm from Eckert Seamans, where he represented a wide range of businesses in regulatory matters before Commonwealth of Virginia agencies, boards, and commissions, including the State Corporation Commission. To read a full press release, click here.

4th Annual Conference on Virginia’s Economic Future
The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has taken effect. What will it mean for the nation's economy? For Virginia's? For you, your business and your employees? Come find out from some of Virginia's top economic analysts at the 4th Annual Conference on Virginia's Economic Future on Monday, Oct. 29 from 8:30AM-12:00PM at “The Hub” at George Mason University in Fairfax. Learn more and register here.

Education Nation at Mason
Join Darrell’s Education Nation at Mason! Send area students, or our hard-working teachers and administrators, to experience a men’s basketball game and you will receive up to FOUR (4) VIP tickets with pre-game hospitality. Learn more here.

Promote Your Business On Television
Did you know that one of the newest members of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce will enable you to promote your business on television, which will not only broadcast throughout their Northern Virginia broadcast footprint, but could also stream on the internet, 24/7 around the world? There are three ways to make this possible: The first and most immediate is to become an Underwriter for the Falls Church Cable Access Television Corporation. This is an opportunity for a business such as yours to support our Non-Profit and the Public Access Producers that we represent, and to directly reach out to potential clients using our own local access television channels. The second way is to come Produce Your Own Program at our FCC-TV station! We will show you how, with state-of-the-art equipment (available free to use for $40 Membership). Finally, you might be able to Pitch Your Own Business Tale about your business, to one of our many producers. To learn more, click here.

5th Annual Joshua Ball to Prevent Teen Suicide
The Josh Anderson Foundation (JAF) will be hosting its 5th Annual Joshua Ball fundraising gala on Friday, November 2nd from 7:00-10:00PM, at the Josephine Butler Parks Center in Washington, DC. JAF is a non-profit organization working toward the day when no teen turns to suicide. Its work has touched a number of local schools - most recently through its signature program, our minds matter, which is currently implemented in fourteen high schools in Northern Virginia. At the event, VA State Senator Creigh Deeds will be sharing his personal story of loss, survival and hope following his son's death by suicide in 2013. To purchase tickets, sponsor the event or donate, please visit this link.

LGS Innovations’ Laser Technology to Bring HD Video from the Moon
LGS Innovations announced that it will be supporting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Orion EM-2 Optical Communications (O2O) project. LGS Innovations will provide an optical modem that will enable broadband data communications to and from the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle designed to take humans into lunar orbit. Laser communications, the next-generation space communications technology, can transmit data over long distances at rates up to 100 times faster than traditional radio frequency systems. To read a full press release, click here.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Honors Ellen and Jim Dyke with the 2018 Community Leadership Award & Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Ellen and Jim Dyke were recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for their history of passionate leadership and philanthropy with the 2018 Community Leadership Award at the Raise the Region Gala held on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The Community Leadership Award is the longest standing community-based recognition award in Northern Virginia. The award is presented annually for outstanding commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life for all Northern Virginians. The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia raised $636,000 and hosted 650 business leaders, philanthropists and community organizers at this year’s event. It also celebrated its 40th anniversary, with more than $50 million in grants and scholarships distributed to respond to critical need and seed innovation in our region and beyond since its inception in 1978. To view photos from the Raise the Region 2018 Gala, click here. To read a full press release, click here.

Get Serious. Get Startup by CENTERFUSE CoWork
We are celebrating the building of our alliances to help your future. That's right, CENTERFUSE, George Mason University, Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI), Griffin Owens, and Leaseweb have partnered to bring workspace and incubator opportunities to entrepreneurs. This FREE event is for you if you are a Tech start-up, a game start-up, or a small business start-up. Come and explore the opportunities to grow your business on Thursday, October 25 from 5:00 – 7:30 PM. Learn more and register here.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Business Networking Reception
Mingle with Mount Vernon Business sponsors and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine at the home of our founding father, George Washington. Experience private tours of the mansion – including a rare peek into the underground cellar, which houses the Washington cornerstone, featured in the movie, National Treasure II. The reception will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Ford Orientation Center. To learn more, click here.

BAE Systems, Inc. to Relocate Headquarters and 350 Jobs to Fairfax County
Following a regional search, BAE Systems Inc. announced October 8 it will move its headquarters to Fairfax County. The global defense, security and aerospace firm said it signed a lease for office space at 2941 Fairview Park Drive in the Falls Church area of the county, and will move about 350 employees to the space in 2020, furthering Fairfax County’s strengths in the aerospace and defense sector. To read a full press release, click here.

Smart Cities Council Workshop October 23-24
The Commonwealth of Virginia invites you to a 2-day Smart Cities Readiness Workshop targeting actionable outcomes to improve the livability, workability, and sustainability of Virginia communities. The Workshop will identify ways to lower the barriers to entry for smart communities across the Commonwealth and make the benefits available to every citizen. Key topics include data governance, energy, public health and safety, broadband and transportation. To learn more and register, click here.

Volunteer Fairfax Names New CEO
The Volunteer Fairfax board of directors has named Steve Mutty as the nonprofit’s new chief executive. Mutty recently served as executive director of the Alexandria (Va.) Seaport Foundation, a nonprofit that serves at-risk youth through adult mentoring and project-based learning. Mutty’s broad volunteer experience includes serving as Chairman of the Board of Best Buddies Capital Region, an organization that supports young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has served as a mentor for disabled young adults transitioning to independent living. He also sat on the fundraising event planning committees of Best Buddies International, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-National Capitol Area and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Real Estate Games. To read a full press release, click here.

BDO Platinum Sponsor of GWSCPA
BDO is proud to be the platinum sponsor of the Greater Washington Society of CPA’s Nonprofit Symposium being held on November 27 – 29, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Register for the conference here.



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Upcoming Regional Member Events

Let's Talk Tax - tax planning for flow-through entities after tax reform
October 18, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Give Hope, Get Connected! Gala
October 19, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

19th Annual Help the Homeless Walk
Pathway Homes, Inc.
October 20, 9:00 AM

Smart Cities Council Workshop
Smart Cities Council
October 23-24

Boot Camp for GSA Schedules
Centre Law and Consulting
October 24-25, 8:30 AM - 3:30PM

George Mason University School of Business Annual Business Celebration
George Mason Univeristy
October 25, 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Leadership Fairfax 30th Anniversary Celebration
Leadership Fairfax
October 25, 6:00 - 9:30 PM

Get Serious. Get Startup
October 25, 5:00 - 7:30 PM

Mid-Atlantic Chapter - 2018 Fall Conference (Chantilly)
The ESOP Association
October 25-26

4th Annual Conference on Virginia's Economic Future
George Mason University
October 29, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Bourbon and Bubbles
Wolf Trap 
November 2, 7:00 PM

5th Annual Joshua Ball to Prevent Teen Suicide
Josh Anderson Foundation (JAF)
November 2, 7:00-10:00PM

Service Contract Act Training
Professional Services Council (PSC)
November 6-7

Data Community DC 
November 7

Board Diversity: The Leadership Foundry Research Launch
The Leadership Foundry 
November 7, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

26th Annual CARE Awards Breakfast

Northern Virginia Family Service
November 8, 7:30AM

An Evening with Mark Rozell, A Post-election Analysis of the Midterm Election
George Mason University
November 14, 7:00PM

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Business Networking Reception
Mount Vernon
November 15, 6:00 - 7:30PM

State of Education Luncheon
The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools
November 27, 11:30AM - 1:30PM


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