Virginia Business magazine named Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), to its “50 Most Influential Virginians” list for the second straight year. The list, in the magazine’s March issue, tracks “who’s moving up, making a difference and shaping outcomes.”
In placing Gordon on the list for the second time, the magazine described him as a “hard-charging leader who scores deals. Fairfax County continues to rack up success stories with several big announcements in 2013, including a decision by Cvent to remain in the county, moving to a new headquarters at Tysons Corner…Gordon also found time to publish his 13th book and to assume the chairmanship of the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools,” the magazine noted.
Virginia Business also named Dr. Gordon its 2010 “Virginia Business Person of the Year.”
“Being included on a list like this would be gratifying in any state, but being included in Virginia is an exceptional honor,” Gordon said. “It also gives testimony to the importance of how communities prepare for and pursue business growth. I am pleased that Virginia Business has recognized the value of economic development to our cities and counties as well as to the Commonwealth.”
Since Dr. Gordon joined the FCEDA in 1983, office space in the county has grown from 32 million square feet to 114 million square feet. Jobs in the county have jumped from 243,000 to nearly 600,000.
Dr. Gordon in 2013 published “The Economic Viability of Micropolitan America” (CRC Press). His other books include “Reinventing Local and Regional Economies” (CRC Press, 2011) and “The Formula for Economic Growth on Main Street America” (CRC Press, 2009).
Diversification of the Fairfax County economy is one of Dr. Gordon’s priorities. Since 2007, these employers have announced headquarters relocations to the county: automaker Volkswagen Group of America, hotelier Hilton Worldwide, IT services company CSC, research and technology firm SAIC, defense contractor Northrop Grumman, construction and engineering firm Bechtel and satellite services company Intelsat.
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, Munich, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv.