Fairfax County, Virginia USA, Tuesday, February 8, 2011 -
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today honored Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) for being recognized as the 2010 Virginia Business Person of the Year by Virginia Business magazine.
The Board of Supervisors presented Gordon with a resolution sponsored by Chairman Sharon Bulova. In the resolution, the board thanked and commended Gordon’s “sustained efforts and noteworthy contributions to the economic development of Fairfax County” and congratulated him for the recognition by Virginia Business magazine.
The resolution notes that during Gordon’s tenure, Fairfax County has become the second-largest suburban office market in the United States and that the number of jobs in the county has more than doubled. The resolution calls Gordon “instrumental in the relocation of the headquarters of Volkswagen Group of America, CSC, Hilton Worldwide, SAIC and Northrop Grumman, as well as bringing the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology to Fairfax County.”
In his remarks to supervisors, Gordon said the Virginia Business honor served as recognition of the decades of close collaboration of the public and private sectors to build and diversify the county economy, business community and the commercial tax base, which the Board of Supervisors uses to fund high-quality public services. He thanked the board or its consistent recognition of the value of economic development.
Time magazine called Fairfax County, “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth and innovation helps Fairfax County fund the nation’s top-rated school system and other public services that contribute to the quality of life of residents. Fairfax County offers businesses a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, a vibrant investment capital community and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.
The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in seven important global business centers: Bangalore, Boston, Munich, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow @FairfaxEBird for FCEDA and Fairfax County business news.
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