The Virginia Chamber of Commerce presented its 2010 Virginia Torchbearer Project of the Year Award to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) for its work to secure the Northrop Grumman headquarters for Fairfax County. The chamber presented FCEDA President and CEO Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., with the award December 2 during the Virginia Economic Summit in Williamsburg.
The Torchbearer Awards highlight “the crucial role that Virginia’s economic development organizations play in our state’s prosperity and unparalleled attractiveness as a business location,” according to the chamber. The FCEDA nomination spotlighted the collaboration involving many elements of the FCEDA, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, many agencies of the county government, Fairfax County Public Schools and ING Clarion Partners, the owner of the building that will be Northrop’s headquarters in the Merrifield area of the county, and the Northrop Grumman relocation team.
“To receive recognition from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce is not only very rewarding but it also signifies the importance of the economic diversity we have in the Commonwealth,” Gordon said. “It is the collaboration between the public and private sectors that make Virginia and our respective communities great places to live and work.”
“We are very excited and proud to present the Torchbearer Awards because they showcase the accomplishments and outstanding contributions that best exemplified the excellence that has made the Commonwealth a top state in the nation for business,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber.
The Virginia Chamber announced the award in the same week that Gordon received two honors. Virginia Business magazine named Gordon its 2010 “Virginia Business Person of the Year,” and the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presented Gordon with its 2010 Economic Development Professional of the Year award.
In 2005, Site Selection magazine named the FCEDA one of the top 10 economic development groups in North America.
Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D. (second from right), president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, accepts the 2010 Virginia Torchbearer Project of the Year Award. Standing with Dr. Gordon (left to right) are Clint Morse, chairman of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce; Bob Sledd, senior economic advisor to Governor Bob McDonnell; and Gary McCollum, senior vice president of Cox Virginia.