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If you have public affairs goals in Virginia, Access Point Public Affairs is the firm to help you achieve them. Access Point's partners provide an exclusive focus on Virginia, where they have more than 40 years of combined experience working to advance and protect the interests of their clients at the state, local and community levels.

Access Point Public Affairs provides a range of specialized strategic services that help businesses and organizations maximize opportunities and minimize challenges in the external environment to directly support their goals and objectives. Our strategic services include: Government Relations Access Point has a proven track record of achieving successful public policy outcomes through advocacy, relationship development and political contributions management at the state and local levels of government in Virginia. Procurement Positioning The Partners at Access Point Public Affairs are uniquely qualified to help position your company to maximize your opportunities to successful do business in Virginia. We have significant experience positioning clients for procurement opportunities at the state and local level of government and enabling them to prepare the strongest proposal possible with intelligence and support not otherwise available. Targeted Community Affairs Access Point is experienced at developing strategies to help businesses target their community involvement in order to strengthen their credibility, brand, impact and influence with key external audiences. Strategic Relationship Development Access Point leverages the strong relationships of its partners to provide clients with valuable exposure to new business opportunities through introductions to potential customers, clients, vendors, strategic partners and government officials. Communications and Media Relations Access Point can help increase a business's or organization's visibility and effectiveness through strategic communications support, including message development, writing, media outreach and marketing strategy development. Access Point Public Affairs can give your organization the competitive edge to achieve increased success, profitability and sustainable growth.

09/08/2015

Great meeting today between client, Resolute.me, and Innovation Health. Working together to reduce stress and increase your ability to manage the stress you have sounds like a homerun to me!

Looking forward to emceeing the first event of the BizVotes: Loudoun Chamber's Election Education Campaign next Wednesda...
09/03/2015
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Looking forward to emceeing the first event of the BizVotes: Loudoun Chamber's Election Education Campaign next Wednesday, September 9, which will feature candidates vying to represent portions of Loudoun County in the Virginia General Assembly. We have close to 100% participation by the candidates so it will be a great chance to hear from them directly on the business issues that matter most to you. Details are below. #LCCCPolicy

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Per some of our previous posts, Mindy Carlin is representing the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce on the Superintenden...
09/02/2015
Fairfax County Public Schools - Save FCPS

Per some of our previous posts, Mindy Carlin is representing the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce on the Superintendent's FCPS Budget Task Force. We have been asked to propose a range of scenarios to reduce the FCPS budget by $100 million, $75 million and $50 million. That being said, community input will be critical to guiding our recommendations. See below for details about two upcoming community engagement meetings that will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about how you can provide input into how our school system spends its money.

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is using an extensive community engagement process in the development of the FY 2017 budget. Because projected costs for items such as enrollment growth, state mandated retirement, health insurance costs, and employee salary increases are increasing more than projected revenues, FCPS anticipates a significant budget shortfall for school year 2016-17 (FY 2017). To balance the budget, FCPS may have to cut, reduce, or redesign current programs.

As part of the budget process, ideas on what to cut, reduce, or redesign as well as how to increase revenue through fees have been developed by the Budget Task Force with input from the community. FCPS invited stakeholders to submit budget suggestions through the FCPS website this summer, and is now asking for their ideas on how to address the projected budget shortfall.

Beginning September 9, community members will be able to submit specific proposals for how to balance the budget using a “Budget Proposal Tool” available at www.fcps.edu/SaveFCPS. The proposals submitted via the Budget Proposal Tool will be shared with the Budget Task Force for their review prior to making a recommendation to the Superintendent in October. The information will also be shared with the Superintendent and School Board.

For those who would like to learn more about the FCPS budget prior to using the Budget Proposal Tool, FCPS has scheduled two Community Information Sessions on the FY 2017 budget. FCPS staff will provide an overview of the budget and demonstrate how to use the Budget Proposal Tool. All the information that will be presented will be available at www.fcps.edu/SaveFCPS.

The format will be as follows:
• Welcome and introductions
• Budget overview
• Demonstration of the Budget Proposal Tool
• Small group discussion to identify clarifying questions
• Opportunity to submit online budget solutions using the Budget Proposal Tool

Information Session Times and Locations
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 7-9 p.m.
South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Dr, Reston, VA, 20191

Saturday, September 12, 2015 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mt Vernon Rd, Alexandria, VA, 22309

For more information and updates about the FY 2017 Budget visit www.fcps.edu/SaveFCPS.

08/31/2015

Lots on the agenda for tomorrow's Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee. See below for details about issues we'll be discussing. If you're a member of the Chamber and are NOT an elected official, join us at 8:30 a.m. at the LCCC offices to join in the discussion.

The Committee is going to discuss the State’s proposal for tolling I-66 inside the Beltway and whether the Chamber should support that proposal. VA Deputy Transportation Secretary Nick Donohue will be in attendance tomorrow to present on the plan and answer Committee members’ questions.

We are also going to discuss joining a business-led effort to support the proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline project.

In addition, the Committee will take up the county’s pending noise ordinance amendment and whether the Chamber should support, oppose, remain neutral or adopt some other unidentified course of action with regard to this proposal. I do not expect a final decision on this issue tomorrow given the complexity of the case and limited time the Committee can devote to the discussion. I do expect to begin a dialogue on the issue that will help formulate a more official resolution or policy position which the Committee can review, and approve, electronically.

Finally, we will review the work schedule for the 2016 Public Policy Agenda review and hear a brief presentation on Go Virginia as a prelude to a larger discussion on the initiative during our work session discussion on Fiscal Policy.

As you can see, we have a very lengthy and weighty agenda for tomorrow. All members of the Committee are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting and lend your expertise to the discussion.

08/31/2015

Hopefully a positive move by the Fairfax County Public Schools School Board. #Fairfax #FairfaxChamber #FairfaxSchools

Monday, August 31, 2015

Fairfax County School Board Hires New Auditor General

Following an extensive nationwide search, the Fairfax County School Board has hired Goli Trump as its new Auditor General, effective September 28.

“Ms. Trump brings over 25 years of experience in diverse audit, accounting and program oversight, and management to Fairfax County Public Schools,” said School Board Chair Pat Hynes. “She has a strong background in risk management and experience in numerous industries including education, employment services, technology, marketing, and transportation. The addition of an Auditor General is the latest step in the Board’s efforts to make the School Board audit function more robust and independent. We have every confidence that her skills will be beneficial to FCPS as we ramp up our efforts to become even more fiscally efficient.”

Most recently Trump served as director of enterprise risk management and assurance for SourceAmerica—a national nonprofit organization that serves as one of the leading sources of job opportunities for individuals with disabilities—where she planned, executed, and performed internal audits, increasing operational and programmatic improvement. She was responsible for driving the audit lifecycle from risk analysis, performing the audits, and developing corrective action plans as well as assessing regulatory compliance. Prior to working for SourceAmerica, Trump was director of finance and strategic planning for ThinkFun, Inc., a global producer of consumer goods, where she managed external audits and directed and performed accounting, finance, and internal reviews.

Trump has also worked as a management consultant for NISH, finance director for ABS Biodiesel, vice president of finance for Memberdrive.com, and project controller and business manager at SAIC.

The School Board has charged the Auditor General with implementing a risk-based audit plan and directing audits of the school division’s offices, departments, schools, and programs to help manage strategic risks, improve or develop efficient and effective business processes, and identify best practices. Trump joins a six-member, independent School Board Audit Office, which she will manage. She will work closely with the School Board Audit Committee, composed of four School Board members and two citizens. As Auditor General, Trump will be responsible for fostering appropriate control levels for business, operating, and financial risks and ensuring conformity with appropriate laws and regulations as well as performing investigative work, if needed. She will report directly to the School Board via its Audit Committee.

Trump earned a master’s in business administration from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Virginia. She has served as a guest speaker at the University of Maryland internal audit masters consortium, for the Association of Government Auditors, and for the Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management.

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