Falls Church Business News and Notes

Women leaders receive awards

Virginia Business recognized 42 female executives across the state who “set the standard for leadership” in the second annual Women in Leadership Awards. Applicants must be based in Virginia and hold C-suite or equivalent positions in for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions. They represent large, medium and small workforces and some winners came from traditionally male-dominated industries, including engineering, construction and maritime. Local recipients include Jylinda Johnson, vice president and general manager of government operations, commerce and global citizen services, General Dynamics Information Technology; Kim Roy, CEO, HITT Contracting; and Jennifer Taylor, President and CEP, Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Best Workplace Nominations

Virginia Business Magazine is accepting nominations for 2023 Best Workplaces in Virginia. This comes from Best Companies Group, a research-driven program that examines company practices, programs, and benefits and also surveys employees for their perspective. Organizations must be public or private, can be a for-profit, nonprofit, or government entity, have a facility in Virginia, have a minimum of 15 full-time or part-time employees working in Virginia, and be in business for at least a year. The application deadline is August 26 and more information can be found at BestPlacestoWorkVA.com.

GDI supercomputers support NOAA forecasting models

General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) began processing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast models with two identical supercomputers. Technology website TOP500 ranked Dogwood and Cactus as the 49th and 50th fastest supercomputers in the world. Dogwood, the primary supercomputer, is maintained at a Virginia facility and Cactus is maintained as a backup at an Arizona facility, supporting future updates to National Weather Service models used to make weather forecasts and alerts . This advancement supports next-generation forecasting models for use in agriculture, transportation, air quality monitoring and emergency response management, and energy. They will also contribute to the impacts of space weather on communications, power grids and satellite operations.

Recreation and Hospitality Jobs Return to Virginia

The Virginia Employment Commission reported that the recreation/hospitality sector, hardest hit by Covid and government-mandated economic shutdowns, gained 64,000 jobs from May 2021 to May 2022 for a total of 405,300. That’s more half of the 125,000 net jobs created in Virginia over the past year and an increase of 18.8%. Private sector jobs increased by 3.2%. and the public sector increased by 2%.

Robotic success of BAE Systems

BAE Systems’ Robotic Technology Demonstrator (RTD) successfully fired laser-guided rockets at multiple ground targets, with human decision in the loop, during the U.S. Army Tactical Scenario during Exercise EDGE 22 at the Dugway Proving Ground. This test marked the first time an APKWS laser-guided rocket was fired from a robotic combat vehicle (RCV). The Army has partnered with leading technology companies to build an autonomous vehicle with cutting-edge technology, payloads, and weapon systems to support multiple mission sets for an advanced capability.

Business News & Notes is compiled by Elise Neil Bengtson, Executive Director of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. It can be emailed to [email protected]

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