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Sep 18

Welcoming new businesses to Vienna

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 11:06 AM by Lynne DeWilde

People often ask me if Vienna is attracting new businesses. The answer is a resounding yes! We have added nine new businesses over the last three months alone, ranging from a running store to an independent bookstore to a spiritual growth center to a frozen custard shop. The Town is welcoming a broad range of interesting new businesses.

How do we support new businesses? The Town Business Liaison Committee (TBLC) is charged with evaluating Town policies that affect the business community and offering recommendations to Council. The TBLC creates surveys, performs studies, and considers ways to promote Town businesses. Both commercial and residential interests are represented in the committee’s membership.

One of my favorite things to do as mayor is perform ribbon cuttings for new businesses or businesses that have moved their location. Since the end of August, the TBLC has performed almost two ribbon cuttings per week!

Ribbon cuttings are a great way for businesses to get their name out in the community. The business space and merchandise or services are open to the public, and food and drinks are often provided.  In addition to staff, family, and friends of the business, TBLC members, Vienna Business Association members, Council members, Town staff, and residents join in the ribbon-cutting festivities. For business owners and staff, the ceremony is an opportunity to meet people who are potential customers and will help support their business.

I am excited to have so many new businesses open in the Town of Vienna. Many of them are local, small-business owners, and I enjoy welcoming them to the Vienna community. I also enjoy hearing their stories about why they decided to start a business in Town.

A vibrant business district is essential to a healthy and prosperous community. If you get an opportunity, join us for a ribbon cutting. It is a fun way to get to know new businesses in Town! To find out when ribbon cuttings are being held, visit https://www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?NID=1276 and remember to shop local!

Mayor Laurie DiRocco

Nov 02

Pondering pedestrian accessibility and thinking about transportation

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 4:44 PM by Lynne DeWilde

One of Vienna’s long-term goals is to improve pedestrian access and safety. The Town is working toward this goal by installing sidewalks, adding traffic-calming measures where appropriate, finding creative solutions to challenging intersections, and educating pedestrians about the importance of making eye contact with drivers when crossing intersections.


Consider these recently completed or ongoing Town initiatives:

  • The Town installed its first mini-roundabout this fall to alleviate traffic along Locust Street and the commercial area of Park Street.
  • Last year, the Town installed its first HAWK signal to provide a pedestrian-activated, traffic-stopping crossing on Maple Avenue.
  • The Town’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC), Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC), and Transportation Safety Commission (TSC) are working to create a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan for Vienna.
  • The Town is starting to work with a consultant who will use new methods of gathering transportation data to better determine how people move around the community, which will help the Town further improve pedestrian access and more effectively address other transportation issues.

The majority of traffic on Maple Avenue is regional commuter traffic to and from Tysons. One of the challenges with this cut-through traffic is that it often leads people to think: “We can’t allow commercial improvements because it might lead to more traffic.” I have to believe that citizens want successful businesses along our main commercial corridors and don’t want to see dilapidated properties that diminish our tax base and vibrancy of our commercial districts. I think we can find solutions to improve pedestrian access so that we don’t give up on the Town’s commercial areas and allow cut-through traffic to deter positive redevelopment along Maple Avenue and Church Street. 


Mayor Laurie DiRocco

Aug 08

All-season gatherings on the Town Green

Posted on August 8, 2016 at 9:43 AM by Lynne DeWilde

The Vienna Town Green was dedicated in May 2007. Since then, it has served as a gathering place for people of all ages. Two years ago, a roof was added to the stage.  The cost was split between the Town and Vienna Rotary. Rotarian Tom Kyllo provided his architectural services, and Tommy Staats provided his building services. The roof has made the acoustics even better, and it has enabled musicians to keep their instruments and themselves dry and in the shade. 

Concerts and events on the Green have been a huge success. Bands vary from national to local and from folk to rock. Families can enjoy a concert while their children dance and play. Wednesdays have been dedicated to children’s activities, Tuesdays to yoga, and some Saturdays to teens.

There are two Friday concerts left this summer. The award-winning, multi-genre Richard Walton Group performs August 12 and one of our local favorites, NRJ, plays August 19. 

At the beginning of the summer in June, the Town Green was abuzz with excitement for the hugely popular Chillin’ on Church.  Look forward to enjoying the end of summer on September 16 with friends and families on the Town Green at another Chillin’ on Church event.  

Looking forward to the fall, the Green will provide a nice reprieve to have a picnic, meet a friend, or borrow a book from the M. Jane Seeman Little Library. In winter months, the trees will be lit, and it will be a lovely time to walk through the Green, sing carols, or enjoy the Holiday Stroll. 

Linda Colbert
Town Councilmember