FCEDA President and CEO Victor Hoskins wins regional leadership award

Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, will receive the Regional Leadership Award from Leadership Fairfax Inc., to be presented at the 24th Annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards virtual ceremony on Friday, December 18.

“I am humbled with the honor of receiving Leadership Fairfax’s Regional Leadership Award,” said Hoskins. “Collaborating – building a big team — is how this region will succeed at anything, and I am honored that groups such as LFI recognize that.”

“Regional collaboration has helped thousands of Northern Virginia businesses bridge the economic downturn created by the coronavirus,” Hoskins added. “And, in a time when businesses and talent can choose to locate and work from anywhere, regional collaboration and leadership is the only way that Northern Virginia and the entire Washington region will continue to thrive as one of the world’s leading innovation and technology centers.”

To register for the 24th Annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards virtual ceremony on December 18, at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET, please click here.

Karen Cleveland, president and CEO of Leadership Fairfax said Hoskins embodies the tenets of the award – advancing the cause and spirit of regional collaboration and partnership.

“We are thrilled to be able to honor Victor Hoskins with the 2020 Regional Leadership Award,” said Cleveland. “In his relatively short tenure, at the EDA, he has transformed the way the Authority approaches business and has made an indelible mark on our community.”

Leadership Fairfax is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to finding, training and growing leaders in Northern Virginia. Through three programs: LFI Signature, Emerging Leaders Institute, and Lifetime Leaders Program, Leadership Fairfax seeks to educate and develop community trustees who are committed to using their leadership skills to strengthen the Fairfax County community.

Hoskins joined the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority as president and CEO in August 2019. The following month, he spearheaded creation of the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance (NOVA EDA) that includes 10 jurisdictions. NOVA EDA launched a coordinated COVID-19 response that is guiding thousands of businesses through loan and grant programs throughout the region.

Hoskins is leading a Washington, D.C.-region economic development strategy effort being coordinated by Connected DMV. Hoskins and his team also launched a groundbreaking regional talent initiative to help companies attract the workforce they need to succeed in Northern Virginia.

Since Hoskins’ arrival at the FCEDA, Microsoft, Facebook and Google have all announced locations in Fairfax County, and Volkswagen Group of America announced its intention to keep its headquarters in the county. In his first year, he and the FCEDA team easily exceeded office space leasing and job creation goals, and generated more earned media than ever, in spite of coronavirus-related limitations on business activity.

LFI 2020 Leadership Awards winners will also include: Danielle Craddock of Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead and Insight Memory Care Center (nonprofit leader award); Northwest Federal Credit Union (corporate leadership award); Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel (trustee leadership award); and Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke & South County, John Wood, and 29 Diner Fairfax (COVID-19 heroes).

The 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, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains business investment offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore/Mumbai, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

The FCEDA is a member of the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance, which promotes and markets Northern Virginia outside the region and conducts activities and events to build the regional business community. Other members of NOVA EDA are the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Arlington County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park and the Prince William County Department of Economic Development.

December 15, 2020