Partnership leader Tysons finds sense of belonging after announcing retirement plans

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Tysons Partnership President and CEO Sol Glasner to retire at the end of 2021 (courtesy Tysons Partnership)

Tysons Partnership President and CEO Sol Glasner will retire from the organization effective Dec.31, 2021, he confirmed to Tysons Reporter.

Announced publicly yesterday (Thursday) in the Washington Business Journal, his departure will mark the end of a decade-long tenure with the nonprofit tasked with transforming Tysons from an office-dominated suburb into an “urban center.” green and walkable ”envisioned by Fairfax County. Full shot of Tysons.

Originally appointed to lead the Partnership on an interim basis, Glasner says he accepted the role of President and CEO indefinitely because he found it fulfilling, but he still planned to take a step back after four. at five years old to take advantage of his recent professional retirement.

“It’s consistent with what I had intended to do from the start, or from the start of this particular phase of my relationship with the Partnership,” he said. “It was a wonderful experience and I hope to have had a significant impact on Tysons in Fairfax County.”

A longtime general counsel for The MITER Corporation, Glasner represented the McLean-based nonprofit as a founding member of the Tysons Partnership, which was formed in early 2011. He chaired the board of directors of 2012 to 2014 and became Interim President in 2017 after retiring. by MITER.

Glasner says Tysons has become “a huge success story” over the past 10 years, praising Fairfax County leaders for developing a vision for the region ahead of Metro’s arrival with the opening of the Silver Line Phase 1 stations in 2014.

Led by private and not-for-profit stakeholders, the Tysons Partnership is dedicated to establishing and promoting Tysons as a distinct brand by supporting community events and other place-building efforts, economic growth and community-driven development. public transport.

“I think we have evolved tremendously to have a strong and constructive impact on promoting Tysons as a unified place, connecting what would otherwise be … siled real estate projects and bringing them together into a cohesive and unified urban community.” , Glasner said.

Although the partnership was primarily funded by membership dues, it also secured public funds in the form of economic opportunity reserve grants from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, which initially awarded $ 1 million. dollars in matching funds in 2019 for an ongoing rebranding initiative.

A second EOR grant was approved on July 27 to support more branding activities and the installation of a mural outside the former Container Store in Leesburg Pike. The art project is slated for completion in October and will help transform the space into a “stage” for community events and activities in conjunction with Celebrate Fairfax, Glasner said.

However, Glasner says the Tysons partnership will ultimately need a new business model to have long-term stability in terms of governance and funding.

As the Washington Business Journal reported, one option is a business improvement district that would be funded by a tax levied on landowners in the area. If that happens, Tysons would be Fairfax County’s first BID, but the concept has spread elsewhere in the DC area, including neighboring Arlington County.

“Tysons is four square miles. It’s the economic heart of the county, ”Glasner said. “The Partnership as an organization must be built as a more robust, deeper and better performing type. [of] organization.”

During his last four months with the Partnership, Glasner said his main goals were to work with the county on a sustainable business model and to keep the organization active by trying to create a sense of belonging and community in Tysons. , which he said was difficult. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the vaccinations allowed the return of some common activities, like that of last week Tysons Neighborhood Party in the old Container Store, the recent increase in coronavirus cases has reignited the unpredictability that has become familiar since March 2020.

“We’re planning things for the next two or three months, both inside and out, and there’s a lot of uncertainty about what we’re actually going to be able to do, what people will be up to there. ‘comfortable,’ Glasner said. . “It’s a moving target, so there’s no doubt it’s difficult.”



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