Every Wednesday we'll be bringing you a roundup of news to know in government and politics around Loudoun County. Have a look below.
1. Loudoun County government has been named one of the most technologically advanced in the nation again this year by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.
The annual survey ranked Loudoun third in its population category in a survey, climbing from seventh in 2012.
2. A partnership between Loudoun County and AOL has resulted in a new online map for Washington and Old Dominion trail users. AOL employees took to the trail on bikes in May to collect photos and geographic information on the trail’s amenities, including covered shelters, picnic tables, water fountains and other points of interest.
View the new map on Loudoun County’s website. [Editor’s note: AOL owns Patch.]
3. Loudoun County has announced that properties available through the county’s Affordable Dwelling Unit Program. The Department of Family services gives individuals and families the opportunity to purchase their first home directly from the builder at a lower sales price in emerging communities throughout the county. Applicants are subject to certain income and credit requirements.
Residents can learn more about program eligibility, requirements, the application process and the online application by visiting www.loudoun.gov/adu or calling 703-737-8043, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
4. The Loudoun County Animal Shelter is hosting a cat adoption promotion through Aug. 21. All cats adopted from the shelter will be spayed or neutered for free.
Residents can adopt kittens younger than six months for $40, cats six months to 7 years for $20 and cats older than 7 years for $10.
Residents can find photos of cats and directions to the county animal shelter at www.loudoun.gov/animals.
5. Virginia’s inspector general is officially investigating the attorney general office’s role in a federal lawsuit over natural gas royalties and whether a staff member gave advice to energy company lawyers.