Help Lead Loudoun’s Economic Recovery: Apply for EDAC

Loudoun County’s business community is poised to rebound from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, and needs leaders to help guide the way.

Loudoun Economic Development is seeking candidates to serve on the Economic Development Advisory Commission, a body of business leaders tasked with advising the Board of Supervisors on shaping the economic environment.

Members of the Loudoun business community who are interested in volunteering their time and expertise to promote the economic growth of the county should submit an application online by Friday, September 18, 2020. Applications submitted after this date will not be eligible for recommendation to the Board of Supervisors from EDAC leadership.

Seven seats on the commission are open, with several current members eligible to re-apply. Although not a requirement to serve, EDAC seeks applicants with expertise and experience in the following fields:

  • Diversity;
  • Banking and venture capital/financial support;
  • Small business and entrepreneurship.

Loudoun leads all Virginia counties in new commercial investment since 2016, thanks in large part to the world’s largest data center hub. Economic analysis shows Loudoun is primed for growth in the health IT, highly-specialized manufacturing and logistics industries, and can build on its agricultural success.

With four Metro Silver Line stations serving Loudoun expected to open in 2021, the economic future is bright.

“It’s never been more important to build a #LoudounPossible economy that serves everyone. Our department is committed to diversifying our industries and developing inclusive resources for existing businesses,” Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer said. “EDAC members with diverse backgrounds and fresh perspectives will play an influential role in achieving those goals.”

Commission members may serve two three-year terms, meeting six times per year, every other month starting in January.

The meetings are free and open to the public; interested parties can check the county calendar for upcoming meeting dates, times, locations and agendas.

EDAC leadership will review applicants and recommend nominees to the Board of Supervisors for appointment. The commission’s members, bylaws, agendas and other documents are available at biz.loudoun.gov.

 

Photo credit: Jay Tamangan.

 

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