Vienna gets $800,000 grant from FHA for sidewalks

The Federal Highway Administration has awarded an $800,000 grant to install sidewalks to provide better access from neighborhoods to downtown Vienna. The sidewalks will connect neighborhood streets to Maple Avenue (Route 123).

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) made the request for the federal funding in a December letter to FHA administrator Victor Mendez, at the urging of Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman.

“These improvements are of particular importance because Maple Avenue experiences severe congestion on a daily basis, and any pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements will be well-utilized and relieve congestion and auto pollution,” Connolly said.

Fairfax firefighters aim to ‘Fill the Boot’ to help MDA

City of Fairfax residents can expect to see firefighters at intersections asking for donations from drivers and pedestrians from Aug. 23 to 31. The annual “Fill the Boot” campaign raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The International Association of Firefighters has supported the MDA through campaigns nationwide for more then 50 years. The campaign has firefighters at several different intersections within the city asking for donations.

Fairfax firefighters have a long tradition of raising money for MDA through the annual drive for more than 54 years.

Several businesses noted for diverse ownership

Fairfax County companies owned by Hispanics, African Americans and women were recognized in the most recent national rankings for the largest or fastest-growing companies in their respective groups.

Eleven county-based companies are among the 500 largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the nation based on revenue, according to The largest in the county was MicroTech in Tysons Corner, ranked No. 21 on the list.

In addition, five county-based companies are on the 2012 Black Enterprise magazine list of the 100 largest black-owned U.S. companies. The largest is Thompson Hospitality in Herndon, at No. 8.

GCS Inc. and Ampcus Inc. made a list of the 50 fastest-growing women-owned and women-led companies by the Women Presidents’ Organization, a peer advisory group for multimillion-dollar women-owned businesses, and American Express OPEN.

— Fairfax County Times