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Fairfax County Opens Office To Outside Business

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By Kate Sheehy

In Virginia, the government in Fairfax County is looking to rent empty office space to a private business as a way to raise money during a budget crunch.

Fairfax county has a multimillion dollar budget gap to close, so they're thinking a dry cleaner, convenience store, or mail service could help pay the rent in one of their empty offices.

Authorities tell the Washington Post this would be the first time a private business has set up shop in a government center in the Washington region. Supporters of the idea say it would make the complex more welcoming to the public.

The space is about 1,200 square feet and used to be the offices of the county's maps and publications department before budget cuts.

A request for interested businesses was sent out Friday; the deadline for bids is tomorrow.

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