Loudoun County Economic Development’s Executive Director Buddy Rizer has been named a tech titan by Washingtonian magazine. Rizer is credited by the publication for making Loudoun County the world’s top location for data centers, through which an estimated 70 percent of global internet traffic now flows.
When Rizer began his tenure in Loudoun County in 2007, Twitter had just been founded the year before, and Facebook had recently opened up its platform to the general public. Now the web traffic from those tech giants, along with Amazon, Netflix, Google, and a host of other consumer tech, are driving the need for more and more data centers. Loudoun County’s “Data Center Alley,” which is ground zero for the data center industry, has gone from a handful of buildings housing banks of servers in 2007 to more than 10.5 million square feet, hosting 3,000 tech companies today.
Washingtonian says that tech titans is its “biannual survey of the most influential and interesting people in the local tech scene, from start-up founders to government officials to venture capitalists.” The magazine notes that these are the people “shaping the future of not just technology but potentially the city itself.”
Rizer said, “It’s extremely humbling and gratifying to be named to a list that includes tech legends with connections to Loudoun such as AOL alums Steve Case and Ted Leonsis, Orbital ATK’s David Thompson, venture capitalist Fred Schaufeld and tech stars heading up billion-dollar ventures in the nation’s capital.”
Loudoun Economic Development has helped to bring in more than $6 billion in business investment and 5,000 jobs to Loudoun County over the last three years. Loudoun has been recognized as having the #1 economic development organization in America for counties of its size, and was reported to be #3 in job growth in the U.S. by the Department of Labor.