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9 09, 2019

Made in Fairfax Network

MADE IN FAIRFAX NETWORK: Are you a local maker looking to build your business and promote your product? Fairfax County is launching the “Made in Fairfax” Network for Small-Scale Producers- from textiles, hardware, woodworking, and metalworking to breweries and local food production. Goals of the network include: helping to build connections between peer makers; creating [...]

9 09, 2019


By: Edythe Kelleher My son and I were discussing supply and demand the morning he was to take the Social Studies Praxis exam (he wants to teach History). We used housing in the Richmond Highway Corridor for our study and drew some graphs on napkins. Here are some of the things we determined: In the [...]

13 06, 2019

North Gateway Plan Amendment

The proposed North Gateway Plan Amendment was presented to SFDC’s Board of Directors by Sophia Fisher, Fairfax County planner. The presentation covered the main concepts in the proposed plan amendment, existing and planned uses, planned road network, and upcoming milestones and public hearings. Check out the presentation here!  

13 06, 2019

Small Scale Production Initiative

SFDC received a presentation from Fairfax County’s Office of Community Revitalization on the progress of the Small Scale Production Initiative. The Initiative aims to facilitate the location of new types of businesses, focused on small “makers” such as craft breweries or woodworking shops, which reflect changes in the market. In December 2018, a zoning amendment [...]

31 05, 2019

Letter to Supervisor Storck supporting the undergrounding of utilities along Richmond Highway

Dear Supervisor Storck: The Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) believes strongly that existing electric and communications utilities along Richmond Highway should be placed underground, along with associated transformers, during the construction of the project to widen Richmond Highway from Jeff Todd Way to Sherwood Hall Lane. Undergrounding utilities has many benefits: • Improved service reliability [...]

31 05, 2019

Letter to the Commonwealth Transportation Board in support of Smart Scale funding for Richmond Highway

Dear Members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board,   As Executive Director of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC), I write to support funding for the Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. SFDC is a non-profit economic development organization that has taken the lead on revitalization in the Richmond Highway Corridor since 1981. Richmond Highway [...]

24 04, 2019

SFDC 2018 Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report is now available to view! Check it out here!

16 04, 2019

2019’s Economic Outlook Great Success

Last week's Economic Outlook Summit was a great success. Presentations from the event can be viewed by following this link.

26 03, 2019

Richmond Highway Design Guidelines Pop-Up Studios

SFDC is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the Office of Community Revitalization's Pop-Up Studios. As a part of 2018's Embark Comprehensive Plan, this will be an opportunity for members of community to view and weigh in on various pedestrian streetscape designs for the project. This includes elements such as transit plaza designs, paving materials [...]

20 12, 2018

2018 Mary Thonen Awards

The Mary Thonen Richmond Highway Beautification Awards recognize the local property owners and businesses that go above and beyond to make their properties--and, by extension, Richmond Highway--look beautiful. These folks spruce up their store fronts, take extra care of their flowers, plants, and shrubs, and even maintain public spaces in their immediate vicinity. Every summer, [...]