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Virginians take center stage at Republican convention

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, McLean-area Del. Barabara Comstock and local businesswoman Bev Gray were among the party leaders selected to deliver remarks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this week. All three spoke Tuesday.

Gray’s business, Exhibit Edge in Chantilly, hosted a campaign event for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the GOP primary campaign. Comstock is leading Romney’s Virginia campaign.

McDonnell’s speech focused on the lack of national progress on reducing unemployment, and credited Republican governors, including himself, for bringing their states out of the Great Recession faster.

“While the president talks, Republican governors lead,” McDonnell said. “Conservative fiscal policies are working, and so are more Americans in states with Republican governors.”

He then introduced Gray, who spoke about how she grew her business and why she is backing Romney.

Earlier in the day, Comstock highlighted ways in which Virginia policies differ from those backed by President Barack Obama, and highlighted the potential defense job losses that could come to Virginia if Congress fails to pass a budget by the end of this year.

“Over the past four years, we in Virginia have kept the American Dream alive by observing the president’s policies — and doing the opposite,” she said.

County surveys residents about emergency communications

Following the communications challenges caused by the June derecho, Fairfax County officials are gathering input from residents about how they can better communicate with them during an emergency.

“We’re asking for every resident to provide input, as well as business owners,” said David McKernan, coordinator for the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management in a statement. “It’s important for us as emergency planners to learn how this storm affected our residents, businesses and infrastructure so that we can implement corrective measures and plans for a better response for future storms.”

To take the survey, visit

New turf field for Great Falls

Great Falls soon will have a new sythetic turf field. The Fairfax County Park Authority announced last week it will begin converting grass field No. 4 at Great Falls Nike Park to a turf field. The project also includes field lighting, a new trail and improved storm drainage facilities at the park on Utterback Store Road.

The project will get started in early September and is anticipated to be completed by November. The Great Falls Lacrosse Association, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and the Fairfax County Park Authority are working in partnership to provide funding for the $1 million project.