After closing the books on another stellar fiscal year for economic development in Loudoun County, Executive Director Buddy Rizer again landed on the Virginia Business Magazine’s “Virginia 500: 2021 Power List.”
This is the list’s second year of ranking business powerbrokers in the Commonwealth, and the second time that Rizer made the list. He was one of 23 economic developers on this year’s iteration, which tilts heavily toward Northern Virginia for representation.
Rizer’s influence extends well beyond the borders of Loudoun, where he has overseen the most commercial investment for any county in Virginia each year since 2016. During his tenure, Rizer and his team have attracted more than $35 billion in new commercial investment and tens of thousands of new jobs.
According to the latest U.S. Census figures, Loudoun is Virginia and the D.C. region’s fastest-growing jurisdiction, growing 35% since 2010 and nearly threefold since 2000. Much of that growth can be attributed to the long run of economic prosperity in the county, which has translated to top-notch purchasing power and quality of life for its residents.
Beyond his day job, Rizer serves as the Chair of the Northern Virginia Community College Foundation Board and is the Secretary of the Go Virginia Region 7 Council. He is on the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance.
Asked for his thoughts on one thing he would change about Virginia, Rizer said: “Virginia is its best when we act as one. While my job is to promote Loudoun, I recognize we all have a vested interest in Virginia’s economic development success.”
Rizer has been named a “Tech Titan” five times by Washingtonian Magazine, has been named one of the “50 Most influential Virginians” four times by Virginia Business Magazine, and was named to the Washington Business Journal’s “Power 100” as one of the most influential businesspeople in Washington, D.C. In 2017, Rizer was named one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America Rizer.
Prior to his career in economic development, Rizer spent more than 30 years as a broadcaster. His radio career began at the age 15 at WARK/WARX in his hometown of Hagerstown, Md., where he rose to the rank of station manager and morning show host before heading to Washington, D.C.
For 16 years, Rizer served as program director, music director and on-air host at DC101, earning several national awards, including Billboard Magazine’s “Music Director of the Year.”
From 2004 to 2007, Rizer was a small business owner of WTRI Radio in Frederick County, Md. and its partner newspaper, “The Catoctin Valley Crier.”
In 2007, Rizer joined Loudoun County and helped build “Data Center Alley” into the largest concentration of data centers in the world. He has spoken internationally on the growth of data centers in Virginia, the importance of incentives and business environment to the industry, and the positive impacts data centers have on their communities. He works to market Loudoun’s business advantages nationally, and has extensive international business development experience in Germany, Russia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Finland, France, Ireland, India, UAE and the U.K.