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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Supervisors give $100,000 to business incubator

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to appropriate $100,000 to create the Leesburg Business Incubator in partnership with Leesburg and George Mason University's Mason Enterprise Center, Loudoun officials said in a statement.

A business incubator consolidates office space for small businesses to encourage collaboration and innovation and reduce costs by combining functions such as reception, copy and fax services and conference rooms, the statement said.

The Mason Enterprise Center will manage the incubator and offer support services, such as training, access to George Mason University resources and business expansion assistance, the county said.

The $100,000 appropriation will fund the first three years of operating costs. Future tax revenue and business growth is anticipated to offset the initial cost, the county said.

The incubator is scheduled to begin operating in a few weeks and will be temporarily housed at 15 N. King St. in Leesburg before moving to 202 Church St. SE in Leesburg.

Temple Hall festival offers area's biggest corn maze

Loudoun County's annual Temple Hall Farm Regional Park Corn Maize and Fall Festival opened Friday in Leesburg and features the largest corn maze in Northern Virginia, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority said.

The festival, which is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 7 and Oct. 11 for Columbus Day, includes a pumpkin launch, camel rides, a paintball shooting gallery, corn cannons, pig races, a pumpkin patch, hayrides and a 24-acre corn maze, the park authority said.

For information, including hours and admission fees, go to http://www.templehallfallfest.com.

Drug treatment program marks 12th graduation

The Loudoun County Adult Drug Treatment Court will hold its 12th graduation ceremony Wednesday at the Loudoun County Courthouse in Leesburg, a county news statement said.

The graduation ceremony will celebrate the success of the program's participants and mark September as the 21st annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

The drug court program is a docket within the court system that focuses on nonviolent substance-abusing offenders, the statement said. The court utilizes immediate sanctions and incentives to promote participant progression through the four-phase program. Participants enter the program voluntarily and are made no promises regarding their probation supervision status after graduation.

"Drug courts across the country have proven to reduce recidivism, increase judicial efficiency, increase treatment retention and are a cost-effective alternative to incarceration," said Michelle White, drug court coordinator. The Loudoun program, begun in June 2004, is one of 30 in Virginia, the county said.

-- Compiled by Caitlin Gibson


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