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TOL PR 2016-12-06 Kindra HUBZone Council Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release December 6, 2016 Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Leesburg Business Development Manager Selected to Serve on HUBZone Council Economic Development Committee Leesburg, VA (December 6, 2016) – The HUBZone Contractors National Council recently appointed Kindra Harvey, Leesburg’s Business Development Manager, to the Council’s Economic Development Committee. The mission of the Economic Development Committee is to define and promote economic benefits of the HUBZone Program, to reach out to state and local economic development agencies and district SBA offices to promote the HUBZone Program, to develop a toolbox of resources to assist small businesses and agencies in maximizing HUBZone benefits, and to monitor and recommend changes to related programs and services. Ms. Harvey will bring a local economic development agency perspective to the committee. “I believe the spirit of the HUBZone program makes it one of the best programs to benefit small government contractors and the community,” Ms. Harvey commented. “This program helps small business owners grow and expand their company while giving back to the community by helping neighbors to start a new career. I am honored to be a member of the HUBZone Contractors National Council’s Economic Development Committee and to represent my community and communities around the country.” The Leesburg HUBZone was designated by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2013, based on data from the 2010 Census. The HUBZone program promotes economic development and employment growth in distressed areas through federal contracting opportunities. In 2014, the Town of Leesburg’s Economic Development Office was named the HUBZone Contractors National Council’s Economic Development Agency of the Year for their support and promotion of the HUBZone program. Currently, 73 businesses located in the Leesburg HUBZone have received their HUBZone certification. About the HUBZone Contractors National Council: The HUBZone Contractors National Council is a non-profit trade association providing information and support for companies and professionals interested in the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Contracting Program. The Council strives to contribute to the economic development of disadvantag ed communities by reducing unemployment and homelessness by strengthening, improving, and promoting the HUBZone Program and by helping HUBZone-certified companies maximize their success in earning federal contracts. The Council's membership includes HUBZon e-certified small businesses, other small businesses, prime contractors, government agencies, and other organizations interested in the HUBZone Contracting Program. # # #