Loudoun County Department of Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer has been named among the top 50 economic developers in North America, according to consulting firm Consultant Connect.
Rizer credited the award to the economic development program in the county, which he has headed for 10 years, more than himself personally.
“We are a very proactive economic development organization, and we are a very responsive economic development organization,” Rizer said. “When these brokers and site consultants need their information, they need it, and we are very responsive.”
According to its press release, Consultant Connect is an agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants. The economic development professionals selected for the list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.
Rizer said halfway through fiscal year 2017, the county has already seen $1.3 billion in new commercial investment, and can expect another billion by the time the fiscal year closes in July.
“We’re excited,” Rizer said. “Never in the time I’ve been here has our pipeline been bigger or more diverse… We’re seeing a lot of things coming in with office locations that we hadn’t really seen before. The future of having Metro here has really put us in a lot of discussions that we weren’t in before.”
The Loudoun Department of Economic Development was also recognized in September at the annual meeting of the International Economic Development Council, where it was given two Excellence in Economic Development awards for the Farmer Trading Card program and for the DED Annual Report. It was also named the “Top Performing Economic Development Organization” in its population bracket.
Rizer joins only four other people in Virginia named to Consultant Connect’s list, and no others in the Washington, DC, metro area.
“It’s a great little club, and you know, I think it shows that Virginia is really a great place to do business,” Rizer said.