Loudoun County seeks applicants for Rural Economic Development Council

By December 9, 2022December 13th, 2022Blog, Rural/Agriculture News

Loudoun County’s Rural Economic Development Council (REDC) has multiple open seats for service and is encouraging anyone passionate about supporting Loudoun’s diverse rural industries to apply.

The REDC is comprised of Loudoun business owners and stakeholders, advising the Board of Supervisors, and supporting Loudoun Economic Development staff in implementing supportive business practices and promoting innovation and collaboration in Western Loudoun County.

“Loudoun County has a rich agricultural tradition that continues to evolve, leveraging our natural resources to bring local food, wine, craft beverages and unique experiences to residents and visitors alike. Supporting our landowners, farmers and rural business leaders is a key strategy in preserving land and the unique culture of Loudoun County,” Loudoun Economic Development’s Executive Director Buddy Rizer said. “REDC plays a key role in supporting today’s businesses while focusing on what is #LoudounPossible well into the future.”

REDC members are expected to be experts, advocates, and liaisons for their specific industries. There are fifteen REDC appointments available with terms expiring on December 31, 2025, that will represent the industry sectors listed below:

  • Horticulture
  • Rural-based Business
  • Protein Production/Processor
  • Plant-based food productions/CSA/Agriculture
  • Fiber/Livestock
  • Equine
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Bed & Breakfast/Lodging
  • Arts & Culture
  • Farm Winery
  • Limited Brewery
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • At-Large/Emerging Opportunities (2)
  • Farm Bureau Representative

“REDC plays a hands-on role in diversifying and strengthening Loudoun’s economy, and we encourage anyone interested in working collaboratively to achieve this goal to apply,” said Loudoun Business Development Officer of Agriculture and Business Services John Magistro.

To be considered, REDC applicants must submit:

  1. An online standard application at https://onboard.loudoun.gov/apply
    Applicants: please include the sector(s) that you are applying for in the Statement of Interest section.

The Board of Supervisors will receive all applications within the County Application system and proceed with nominations and confirmations per the Board’s standard process for advisory boards, commissions, and committees, which can be found here: https://www.loudoun.gov/2474/Appointment-Procedures.

To learn more about the REDC, visit biz.Loudoun.gov/REDC.