Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova discusses the issues she sees taking center stage in the county in the coming year.
“The following items are on my radar screen for the year ahead:
The Silver Line, Phase 1, will open for passenger service through Tysons Corner to Wiehle Avenue in Reston. Construction for Phase 2, extending Metrorail from Wiehle Avenue to Reston Town Center, Route 28, Herndon, Dulles Airport and to the Ashburn area of Loudoun County will begin.
Construction associated with rezonings in Tysons will take place throughout 2014. ‘Pop-up’ activities and uses will provide vibrancy to Tysons while permanent uses are beginning to fill in.
The newly redeveloped Springfield Town Center in the old Springfield Mall area will open in fall of 2014.
A new state administration will begin as Gov. Terry McAuliffe is sworn in as the 72nd governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Fairfax County has asked the General Assembly to prioritize Medicaid expansion and state funding for pre-K through 12th-grade education when they meet this winter.
During 2014, Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) will be advancing transportation priorities in Northern Virginia, putting new state transportation funding to work in order to address congestion and traffic safety.
On Monday evening, June 9, my office will be hosting a new Evolution program: Evolution of the Workplace. We will trace the trends and expectation of workers in Fairfax County, beginning when Fairfax was one of the largest producers of dairy products in the commonwealth through the modern, ‘work/lifestyle’ balance younger workers look for.
Back by popular demand will be our second season of Evenings on the Ellipse Concerts in the Government Center’s “back yard.” Concerts and wine tastings are free, thanks to corporate sponsors. I’m looking forward to balmy nights and great music already.”
NOTE: Bulova’s State of the County address will debut Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. It will air on Channel 16 and may be watched online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/chairman/ starting Jan. 16. The address will immediately follow her annual Chairman’s New Year Reception, on Jan. 15, from 4:30- 6:30 p.m., at the Government Center.
“The Chairman’s Reception is my opportunity to say thank you to the many county employees, volunteers and active neighbors who help make Fairfax County the exceptional place it is to live, work and play,” she said. “All active/engaged constituents are welcome to attend.”