Fairfax County Receives an Award for its Work to Transform Tysons

May 22, 2013

News Highlights

  • Smart growth group presents Fairfax County staff with an award for their work to turn Tysons into the county's green, walkable, "downtown."
  • County also previously received the prestigious Burnham Award for its work on Tysons.


Fairfax County recently received an award from the Coalition for Smarter Growth for its work to transform Tysons.

The nonprofit group presented the county with the 2013 Sanders-Henn Community Hero Award. This honor was given to county staff because of their ongoing efforts to make Tysons a green, walkable urban center.

In explaining why they gave the award, the Coalition said: “The development and implementation of the new plan to transform Tysons would not have been possible without the expertise and hard-work of dozens of county staff members in planning, revitalization, transportation, housing, parks and public services — work that continues today and will continue for years to come.”

At the ceremony, the award was accepted on behalf of the county by representatives from the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Department of Transportation, Office of Community Revitalization, and Park Authority.

For its work on Tysons, Fairfax County also has received the Daniel Burnham Award from the American Planning Association.

As the county’s “downtown,” Tysons will be home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs by 2050.

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Fairfax County staff who recieved the Sander-Henn Award for their work on Tysons.   

Fairfax County staff who accepted the Sanders-Henn Community Hero Award. Photo courtsey of Kian McKellar, Coalition for Smarter Growth

Photo of the 2013 Sanders-Henn Community Hero Award

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