Amidst Silver Line Rail Funding Questions, Top Virginia Leaders Discuss Impact of Rail on Economy at Reston Chamber Event

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VA Secretary of Transportation Joins Chairmen of Fairfax and Loudoun Board of Supervisors, President of MWAA to Discuss Impact of the Silver Line Rail on Dulles Corridor Business Growth

"The local business community does not want the rail to stop in Reston. 72% of area companies want the Silver Line to extend at least to Dulles Airport." - Mark Ingrao, President & CEO, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

Fairfax and Loudoun Counties have entered the 90-day period to decide how they will fund Phase II of the Silver Line Metrorail Project - a decision that will have a major impact on local businesses. The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce announced today that Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton will join other notable panelists on March 28, 2012, including Chairman Sharon Bulova of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Chairman Scott York of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and Jack Potter, President of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to discuss the latest progress and pending funding decisions on the rail project.

The event, Silver Line: On Track to Loudoun, is presented by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Dominion and the Reston Hospital Center. The panelists will also explore the results of a recent survey conducted by the Reston Chamber on the Dulles Corridor business community’s perspective on Rail to Dulles/Loudoun - view the survey results at http://www.restonchamber.org/news/newsarticledisplay.aspx?ArticleID=84.

The full panel will include:

  • The Honorable Sean T. Connaughton, Virginia Secretary of Transportation
  • The Honorable Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • The Honorable Scott York, Chairman, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
  • General John E. (Jack) Potter, President & CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
  • Mark C. Looney Cooley LLP, Panel Moderator

•Mark S. Ingrao, President & CEO, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

WHEN        
March 28, 2012
11:00am - 11:30am: Registration & Networking
11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch & Program

WHERE        
Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20190

TICKETS        
To register please visit http://www.restonchamber.org/silverlineevent
$45 for Current Chamber Members; $60 for Future Chamber Members

DETAILS
In February 2012, over 400 individuals representing approximately 20 industries recently completed a survey presented by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. The respondents showed overwhelming support for the project’s completion through Phase II, among other significant findings. Mark Ingrao, President & CEO of the Reston Chamber, states, “The local business community does not want the rail to stop in Reston - as is evidenced by the fact that 72% of area companies want the Silver Line to extend at least to Dulles Airport. This event provides area business leaders with an exclusive opportunity to hear directly from state and local project leaders at a critical juncture in the project’s timeline.”

ABOUT THE GREATER RESTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Now celebrating our 30th year, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is the catalyst for business growth and entrepreneurship by providing quality programs, education, connections and advocacy for our members and organizations in the Dulles Corridor. Learn more at http://www.RestonChamber.org.

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PRESS

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