The year was 1979. “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” was one of the biggest hits on the radio, and in few places was that truer than Loudoun County, Virginia. To attract opportunities for a rapidly growing workforce, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors approved the creation of a Department of Economic Development.
In the 40 years since, Loudoun County has welcomed thousands of businesses to the community, from farm businesses and home-grown startups to multinational corporations. Loudoun Economic Development has played a leading role in those efforts, attracting tens of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars in commercial investment.
“Loudoun County is internationally-recognized for business-friendliness and quality of life. It starts with an entrepreneurial ecosystem and proactive business attraction, and continues long after grand openings,” said Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer. “Despite our growth, we believe that personal touch still matters.”
Rapid business growth has catapulted Loudoun from a one-time bedroom community into a world-class place to live, work, play and learn.
In the last decade alone, the commercial tax base has grown from providing 19 percent of the county’s budget to 34 percent. Over the same time, Loudoun has been recognized as one of the nation’s safest, healthiest and most educated communities.
“Businesses have helped Loudoun shape its identity, from the Dulles Tech Corridor to the fertile farmlands in the West. By strategically diversifying our industries, we’ve grown an economy that best serves our residents,” Rizer added. “When it comes to #LoudounPossible success, we believe what’s past is prologue.”
Between August and October 2019, Loudoun will celebrate economic and workforce stories that contributed to 40 years of business success. The community is also encouraged to share their favorite business moments on social media using the hashtag #LoudounPossible.