U.S. India SME Council recognizes Fairfax County EDA’s Hoskins for economic development leadership

Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) received the “Outstanding Leadership for Economic Development of the Year Award” from the U.S. India Small Medium Entrepreneurs (SME) Council.

Former Maryland State Sen. Robert Zirkin, Elisha B. Pulivarti, chairman of the U.S. India SME Council, and Sudhakar Gande, president and co-founder of the council, presented the award to Hoskins at the U.S. India Capitol Hill Business Summit, February 12, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

The award recognized Hoskins’ “outstanding leadership to promote the national capital region as the engine that fuels our National Economy,” according to the presenters.

The U.S. India SME Council is a business advocacy organization comprised of small, medium entrepreneurs and small business owners from United States and India to promote their interest in commerce and trade.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Hoskins. “The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is proud to support both Indian companies based in Fairfax County and Indian-American entrepreneurs and business owners with their business initiatives.”

The FCEDA maintains offices in Bangalore and Mumbai, India, to serve as resources for companies interested in expanding into the U.S. market. At least 30 Indian companies are part of the dynamic and diverse business community in Fairfax County, which is minutes away from Washington.

Hoskins participated in a panel discussion on regional economic development with Marc Elrich, the county executive for Montgomery County, Md., and Raymond Gilley, deputy chief administrative officer for economic development in Prince George’s County, Md.

During the panel discussion Hoskins emphasized the importance of regional collaboration for economic development. “I’m a regionalist…I think one of the most significant things that I’ve done in my career is help build a collaboration of 10 jurisdictions in Northern Virginia,” Hoskins said.

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons, 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 Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

The FCEDA is a member of the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance, which jointly markets Northern Virginia outside the region. Other members 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.

February 25, 2020

Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority; Elisha B. Pulivarti, chairman of the U.S. India SME Council (Photo credit: FCEDA)


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