Virginia Business magazine names FCEDA President/CEO Gordon to “Most Influential” list for sixth consecutive year

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Fairfax County, Virginia -- Virginia Business magazine has named Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), to its “Most Influential Virginians” list for the sixth consecutive year.

The list, in the magazine’s March issue, highlights 50 individuals from around the state who are “entrepreneurs, visionaries … people who build structures and communities,” often devoting their efforts to regional and community boards with effort and expertise that extend “beyond the boardroom.”

“There are lots of ways to grow a business community,” Gordon said. “Many of the people recognized on this list are ‘business’ people, but it’s nice to see others in the community who contribute to local economies around the state being recognized.

"Fairfax County is fortunate to be served by elected officials and dedicated citizens who are able to see, understand and appreciate the connection between economic development and the overall long-term health of the community and its citizens. It’s an honor for me to be on the Virginia Business list once again.”

In naming Gordon, the magazine noted that since he came to the FCEDA, Fairfax County has seen the number of jobs in the county increase from 243,000 to more than 600,000. The magazine also pointed out that in 2017 the county was home to nine Fortune 500 headquarters and 132 businesses on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing firms.

“Fairfax County continues to develop and diversify its economy,” the magazine wrote, noting recent developments, including deals with the Transportation Security Administration and Amazon Web Services that are expected to add almost 5,000 jobs to the local economy.

Selected in the Economic Development category, Gordon is one of 17 Fairfax County representatives on the 2017 Virginia Business list. New additions to the list: Terri McClements, managing partner, mid-Atlantic, PwC (Accounting); Ric Edelman, executive chairman, Edelman Financial Services (Banking/Financing); Todd Stottlemyer, CEO, Inova Center for Personalized Health (Health Care/Research); C. Daniel Clemente, chairman and CEO, Clemente Development, Co. (Real Estate/Construction).

Other honorees: Richard D. Fairbank, CEO, Capital One (Banking/Financing); Wesley G. “Wes” Bush, chairman and CEO, Northrop Grumman (Government Contracting); Anthony J. Moraco, CEO, SAIC (Government Contracting); Phebe Novakovic, chairman and CEO, General Dynamics (Government Contracting);  Knox Singleton, CEO, Inova Health System (Health Care/Research); Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton Worldwide (Hospitality and Tourism); Warren Thompson, president and chairman, Thompson Hospitality (Hospitality and Tourism); James W. Dyke Jr., senior adviser, Virginia state government relations, McGuireWoods Consulting (Law); Robert Kettler, CEO, Kettler Inc. (Real Estate/Construction); Jon M. Peterson, CEO,  The Peterson Cos. (Real Estate/Construction); Bobbie Kilberg, president and CEO,  Northern Virginia Technology Council (Technology); Steve Case, chairman and CEO, Revolution LLC (Venture Capital).

Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth and innovation helps Fairfax County fund one of the nation’s most prestigious school systems 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 and 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 six important global business centers: Bangalore, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.