Pandemic Flu Business Summit


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

May 8, 2006

Fairfax County to Host Business Summit on Pandemic Flu

“Maintaining Service Levels” is the theme of Fairfax County’s Pandemic Flu Business Summit to be held on Friday, May 26, for Fairfax County businesses and business owners. Leaders from a variety of industries will give presentations and serve on panels as Fairfax County businesses come together to address planning needs in preparation for a possible pandemic.

The summit, requested by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors as a priority initiative, reflects the nationwide effort to prepare and plan now to protect the community later.

“It is estimated that up to 40 percent of the workforce could be affected during a pandemic flu outbreak, creating serious issues for businesses,” said Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “Fairfax County is sponsoring this summit to bring businesses together so they can ensure that their business continuity plans and procedures are in place to respond to and survive a pandemic flu outbreak.”

According to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, nearly 30,000 businesses with payrolls are located in Fairfax County, including 4,900 technology firms, with six Fortune 500 companies headquartered here. Fairfax County is also home to six of the 100 largest African American-owned companies in the United States, 11 of the 500 largest Hispanic-owned businesses and five of the 100 largest Asian-owned companies. Headquartered in the county are 325 foreign-owned firms. More than 600,000 people work in Fairfax County.

To register for the business summit, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/summitreg.htm. Information about pandemic flu and Fairfax County’s planning process is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/pandemicflu.

For more information on the Fairfax County Pandemic Flu Business Summit, contact the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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