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If you have a passion for supporting Loudoun’s diverse rural industries and would like to give back to your community, please apply for open seats on the Rural Economic Development Council.

The REDC is comprised of Loudoun business owners and stakeholders advising Loudoun Economic Development on promoting the growth and vitality of the county’s agriculture and other rural industries. REDC members are expected to be advocates and liaisons for their specific industries.

“Loudoun County has long been an agricultural leader and we see that extending far into the future. The best way to preserve Loudoun’s farm heritage is to make it economically feasible for landowners,” Loudoun Economic Development’s Executive Director Buddy Rizer said. “We look to the REDC as a solutions-oriented body that helps make rural business success #LoudounPossible.”

There are eight REDC appointments with terms expiring on December 31, 2020. Loudoun County seeks candidates with the following expertise:
--Production agriculture;
--Rural-based business
--Wine industry;
--Equine industry;
--Environmental resources;
--Historic tourism

The most recent USDA Ag Census counted more than 1,200 commercial farms in Loudoun, in addition to hundreds of other businesses supported by agriculture. Following the adoption of the county’s new Comprehensive Plan, now is a crucial time to guide its implementation for farms and rural businesses.

“REDC’s mission is to promote the growth and vitality of Loudoun’s rural industries through recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, offering support and advice to the Department of Economic Development,” said Loudoun’s Business Development Officer of Agriculture and Business Services John Magistro. “In the wake of COVID-19, we expect REDC to play a hands-on role in diversifying and strengthening Loudoun’s economy.”

In order to be considered, applicants must submit:

An online standard application at

A letter of interest and a resume, sent to the Office of the Board of Supervisors AND to the Department of Economic Development, via postal mail or email. Letters of interest and resumes are due by close of business September 1 2020.


Chef Lindell Smith is delighted to share the news from The Board of Directors of the Middleburg Tennis Club. They have announced that Chef Lindell Smith has accepted the position of Executive Chef.

Chef Lindell has extensive experience in the restaurant and hospitality business, primarily in Puerto Rico. His experience in managing both restaurant and hotel banquet functions will be a major asset for the club. In addition, his Caribbean food experience should be a very exciting addition to the menu.

Chef Lindell will be assisted in the transition by consultant, Chef Jason Lage. For information go to: or please contact Interim General Manager Kevin Brundle:


The Town of Middleburg Planning Commission approved a by-right, ministerial preliminary plat application for a proposed subdivision located outside the Town’s corporate boundaries at its meeting on Monday, August 10,. While no portion of this subdivision is within the limits of the Town of Middleburg, part of this subdivision, which is named Banbury Cross Reserve, is within one mile of the town limits and falls under the regulations of the Town’s Subdivision Ordinance, which requires action by the Town’s Planning Commission.

Under Virginia law, a ministerial application
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Big news from the Land Trust of Virginia (LTV). They have received a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award.

The LTV received the award on Friday, August 21, for their Blue Ridge Conservation Initiative. This is an ongoing project to conserve as much land as possible along a 40-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Mountains, extending from Harper’s Ferry south to the Northern tip of Shenandoah National Park.

During the LTV’s initial research of a 200,000-acre study area, they learned that only about 30,000 acres, or roughly 15% of the land, is protected by national or state parks, or by conservation easements donated by landowners. LTV has spent the last five years reaching out to landowners and encouraging them to place their properties in conservation easements. This work has only been made possible because of support from friends and members and the generous grants from the Virginia Environmental Endowment.

The Governor’s program is run by the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Conservation and Recreation. The awards recognize successful and innovative efforts that improve Virginia's environment. For more go to:


Carol Holden and Sam Huff Carol Holden, with West Virginia native and NFL Hall of Famer Sam Huff, co-founded the West Virginia Breeders Classics in 1987 with more than $28 million in purses.
Photo by Tim Jacobsen

In the fall of 1986, Carol Holden and Sam Huff were riding back to Middleburg following an afternoon of racing at Laurel Park Racecourse for the first ever Maryland Million. That event was founded by broadcaster Jim McKay, a horse lover, as was Sam, at the time announcing Washington NFL games on the radio.

“On the way home, Sam asked why we couldn’t do the same in West Virginia,” recalled Carol, a lifelong
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