Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), has been elected to the board of directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for a one-year term. The chamber announced the appointment at its 2013 annual meeting, held January 15 in Richmond.
The Virginia Chamber is the state’s largest business advocacy organization. As the voice for business, the chamber works in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to act as a catalyst for enhancing Virginia’s economic competitiveness and pro-business climate.
“The Virginia Chamber is privileged to have a Board composed of the best executive leadership for advancing the economic competitiveness of Virginia,” said Chamber President and CEO Barry DuVal. “Jerry Gordon understands the importance of a strong pro-business climate and brings to the Board a level of expertise and knowledge of the northern Virginia region that will strengthen our organization’s impact on growing Virginia’s economy.”
“I am honored to be a member of the Virginia Chamber board,” Gordon said. “Virginia’s reputation as a pro-business state is an important asset for Fairfax County’s business attraction and retention efforts, and the chamber plays an important role in helping guide state policies that make the Commonwealth an attractive business location. I also want to convey the importance of Fairfax County’s business success to business leaders in the rest of the state.”
Gordon has been with the FCEDA since late 1983. In that time Fairfax County has become the second-largest suburban office space market in the nation with more than 113 million square feet, and jobs in the county have climbed from 243,000 to almost 600,000. He is the author of 12 books and numerous articles on strategic planning, economic development, leadership styles and other management topics. His most recent books are Reinventing Local and Regional Economies (CRC Press, 2011) and The Formula for Economic Growth on Main Street America (CRC Press, 2009).
Gordon has taught at the University of Maryland, George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has consulted for numerous county, city and U.S. state governments and national governments around the world as well as for the United States Navy, businesses, non-profit organizations, associations, colleges and universities, and the United Nations.
In 2010, Virginia Business magazine named Dr. Gordon its “2010 Business Person of the Year.” In 2011, Leadership Fairfax, Inc., named Dr. Gordon the recipient of the 2011 Northern Virginia Regional Leadership Award. In 2012, the Transwestern commercial real estate firm honored Dr. Gordon as its “2012 Public Sector TrendSetter of the Year” for the Washington metropolitan area.