Loudoun development panelis looking for new members

Loudoun County’s Economic Development Commission is seeking business leaders from all sectors of the community to apply for terms to begin in January.

The commission was established in 1995 by the Board of Supervisors to bring together business and government leaders to discuss business growth in Loudoun.

The commission’s responsibilities include making program and policy recommendations to the supervisors; updating the community’s Economic Development Strategic Plan; and coordinating economic development and marketing activities.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and a résumé to the Department of Economic Development by 5 p.m. Aug. 10. They can be e-mailed to edc@loudoun.gov or mailed to 1 Harrison St. SE, Mail Stop No. 63, Leesburg, Va., 20175. Interviews will be scheduled in September.

For information about the commission, go to www.biz.loudoun.gov/edc.

Residents can get informationon Route 7 traffic flow project

Loudoun County is hosting an information meeting on Route 7 traffic flow improvements from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls.

Loudoun officials and representatives of the county’s engineering consultant on the project, A. Morton Thomas & Associates, and the contractor, General Excavation, will provide updates. Information will include the scope of the project; planned operations, such as lane shifts; starting and ending locations; hours of operation; the project schedule; and potential effects on the community. A question-and-answer period will be included.

For information on the project, go to www.loudoun.gov/route7project.

Leesburg to break groundon next downtown improvements

Leesburg will host a groundbreaking for phases 1A and 1B of the town’s Downtown Improvement Project at 6:30 p.m. July 9 at the northern walkway behind Caulkins Jewelers, 11 S. King St.

The Leesburg Town Council approved phases I and 2 of the project in September 2010. Phase 1A will include improvements to the alley between Loudoun and Market streets, as well as work on two walkways from the town parking garage to King Street. The work will include better storm drainage, new landscaping, lighting in the walkways, crosswalks and raised pedestrian walkways by the garage.

Phase 1B will focus on the East End Triangle, where Market and Loudoun streets converge. Planned Improvements include removal of the Dominion Power pole at the intersection, a new curb and gutter, a stone retaining wall, landscaping, brick walkways and decorative lighting. Phases 1A and 1B are scheduled to be completed in early fall.

In the event of rain, the groundbreaking will be at 6:30 p.m. July 10.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson