Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Sharon Bulova visited an Introduction to Business class at the Annandale Campus. She provided students with information on a variety of topics including the differences and similarities inherent in running governments and for-profit businesses and how the Commonwealth of Virginia developed its approach to bidding for Amazon’s second headquarters, ultimately nabbed by Crystal City in Arlington.
With a long list of accomplishments to her credit, including helping to bring Metro’s Silver Line to Dulles Airport and bringing more farmers markets to the county, Chairman Bulova is now in her third term as leader of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. After decades as a supervisor for the Braddock District, home to the Annandale Campus, Bulova ran for the top spot after Gerry Connolly vacated the role due to his election to the U.S. House as Representative for Virginia’s 11th District.
Bulova shared how she started her education at NOVA’s Annandale Campus, where she took classes ranging from art to business. At the time, she was not sure in what direction she wanted her career to go. The political leader reminded students that it is okay to take time to figure out the educational path that best suits them.
Bulova explained to students the importance of budgeting in business, stating that a budget is not just a series of numbers, but also a statement of priorities that mean a lot to a great many people. To develop such a document, she noted the value of listening — such that stakeholders affected by the budget or any organizational effort can feel respected, heard and thus more accepting of the final product.
The Chairman also discussed the benefit of the county diversifying its portfolio of businesses to avoid being less dependent on the federal government and gave examples of how the jurisdiction has achieved a greater variety in recent years. In addition, Bulova expounded on matters including revitalization along the Route 1 corridor, the challenges of traffic congestion, and concerns about the need for more affordable housing.