Help Shape Loudoun’s Rural Business Future: Apply for Open REDC Seats

redc call for new members

If you are looking for a way to serve your community and have a passion for supporting Loudoun’s thriving rural economy, please apply for open seats on the Rural Economic Development Council.

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The REDC is comprised of Loudoun business owners and stakeholders, and works with the Department of Economic Development to promote the growth and vitality of Loudoun’s agriculture and other rural industries. REDC members are expected to be advocates and liaisons for their specific industries.

“Loudoun County has a long economic history rooted in agriculture, and we see that extending far into the future. The best way to ensure the preservation of Loudoun’s farmland is to make it financially feasible for landowners,” said Loudoun’s Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer. “We look to the REDC as a solutions-oriented board that can help make rural business success #LoudounPossible.”

There are five REDC appointments with terms expiring on December 31, 2019. Loudoun County seeks candidates with the following expertise:

  • Arts & Culture;
  • At-Large;
  • Bed & Breakfast/Rural Lodging Establishment;
  • Horticulture;
  • Production Agriculture.

The most recent USDA Ag Census counted more than 1,200 commercial farms in Loudoun, in addition to hundreds of other businesses supported by agriculture. With the adoption of the county’s new Comprehensive Plan, this is a crucial time to guide its implementation for farms and rural businesses.

“REDC’s mission is to promote the growth and vitality of Loudoun’s rural industries through recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, and support and advice to the Department of Economic Development,” said Loudoun’s Business Development Officer of Agriculture and Business Services John Magistro.

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Applicants must submit an online standard application, which can be found here, plus a letter of interest and a resume sent to the Office of the Board of Supervisors AND to the Department of Economic Development, via postal mail or email.

Letters of interest and resumes are due by close of business August 2, 2019, to:

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
1 Harrison Street, S.E., Fifth Floor
P.O. Box 7000
Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone: 703-777-0204
Fax: 703-777-0421
Email: bos@loudoun.gov

AND

Department of Economic Development
43777 Central Station Drive, Suite 300
Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone: 703-777-0426
Fax: 703-771-5363
Email: john.magistro@loudoun.gov

The REDC will review applicants and recommend nominees to the Board of Supervisors for appointment. To learn more about the REDC, visit Biz.Loudoun.gov.

 

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