Ballston Business Improvement District (BID)

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Photo: Tina Leone
Tina Leone, Executive Director

With experience that includes President/CEO of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and Lorton Arts Foundation, Tina Leone slid easily into her role as Executive Director of the newly established Ballston Business Improvement District (BID) this past December.

That's because she enjoys a challenge and working to strengthen communities. She described the change as an opportunity to design a new canvas for a whole new community.

"I take it very much to heart," she said. "When you work for nonprofits, you're working with other people's money; you need to take good care, use it wisely, and be accountable."

Raising the bar from "a good place" to a "great place" is one of the key charges when the Ballston BID was launched. Leone is enthusiastic about upcoming improvements in making Ballston a premier live-work-play community.

"One example of something we want to improve is pedestrian walkways," says Leone who understands that mobility can come in many forms. "We're looking at transit not just [in terms of] cars, but also buses, or bikes, or walking."

The BID's Placemaking Plan is in full swing as they review options of integrating transportation and mobility along with the parks, landscaping, and gateways into Ballston. They are working with the county to see how they can improve intersections. "We want to make sure people feel safe crossing the street," she says.

At the time of this interview Leone was preparing to move from Alexandria where she has resided for 11 years to the Ballston area, a welcome change to better connect with her new community.

And what better way to learn about your neighbors than walking the beat with a couple of furry, four-legged friends? Connecting to neighbors is nothing new to Leone who regularly strolls the local neighborhoods with her two Brittany spaniels, Rita and Cathy.

In addition to walking to do errands, Leone has made a concerted effort to combine car trips whenever possible to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on the road.

"Yesterday I had to go to four places so I combined it all into one trip," said Leone of her trip to the dry cleaner, pet store, pharmacy, and grocery store.

As an employer, she champions telecommuting as a positive Car-Free Diet option for business partners.

"Telecommuting is important. You give people flexibility and an opportunity to spend more time with their family," said Leone. "You build employee loyalty, a great relationship, and higher retention rate." Her advice to employers weighing the benefits is to think of the long-term gains. Telecommuting also reduces the congestion and frees up parking availability.

What's coming up for the busy new executive director? She recently hired an Information Specialist, will be working with the Capital Bikeshare Program, and is excited about the Taste of Arlington which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year on Sunday, May 20.

Ballston BID
901 N Glebe Rd., Ste. 806
Arlington, VA 22203
703.786.6037
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Bikes counted

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14th Street Bridge
1918
Ballston Connector
337
Bluemont Connector
204
CC Connector
717
Clarendon EB bike lane
199
Crystal SB bike lane
109
Custis Bon Air Park
1058
Custis Rosslyn
1329
Fairfax EB bike lane
150
Joyce St NB
36
Joyce St SB
29
Key Bridge East
1124
Key Bridge West
763
Military NB bike lane
36
Military SB bike lane
31
MVT Airport South
2089
Quincy NB bike lane
57
Quincy SB bike lane
77
Roosevelt Bridge
424
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1266
TR Island Bridge
1330
WOD Bon Air Park
832
WOD Bon Air West
1405
WOD Columbia Pike
628
WOD East Falls Church
0
Wilson WB bike lane
254

Peds counted

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14th Street Bridge
191
Ballston Connector
391
Bluemont Connector
368
CC Connector
545
Custis Bon Air Park
485
Custis Rosslyn
340
Joyce St NB
58
Joyce St SB
87
Key Bridge East
2306
Key Bridge West
1079
MVT Airport South
10307
Roosevelt Bridge
121
TR Island Bridge
466
WOD Bon Air Park
43409
WOD Bon Air West
617
WOD Columbia Pike
591
WOD East Falls Church
0

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Year to Date
4857287
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