Buddy Rizer Named to Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 List

Buddy Rizer Named to Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 List

ASHBURN, Virginia –Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of Loudoun Economic Development, was named to the Washington Business Journal Power 100 for the third time in the past four years, a testament to his dedication to the region’s rapid and steady economic growth.

Under Rizer’s leadership, Loudoun Economic Development has attracted nearly $50 billion in commercial investment within the county – with a record-setting investment of over $10 billion in fiscal year 2023 – providing direct and significant tax rate reductions for Loudoun residents.

“I am honored and humbled to be included on this esteemed list with some of the most forward-thinking leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region,” stated Rizer. “The path toward continuous and sustainable economic growth in Loudoun County is a concerted group effort and I am inspired to be part of a team of talented individuals who dedicate their time and effort to diversifying the economic environment in Loudoun and across our region.”

The Washington Business Journal noted, “With Loudoun County’s new Silver Line Metro stations open and the world’s biggest data center enclave within its borders, Buddy Rizer has continued to steward one of the region’s fastest-growing counties through attracting new development and businesses. He oversees a department of 26 with an annual budget of more than $5 million. Over his 16-plus-year career with Loudoun, the county has attracted more than $40 billion in investment and more than 50,000 new jobs. This year, Rizer was named chair of the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance, a coalition of 10 jurisdictions that work together on business initiatives. He also sits on the board of Northern Virginia Community College.”

This year’s Power 100 list included other leaders with ties to Loudoun County, including Salamander Hotels & Resorts CEO Sheila Johnson, Commanders owners Josh Harris, Mitchell Rales and Mark Ein, Thompson Hospitality Group Chairman Warren Thompson, Washington Spirit Owner Michele Kang, Comstock Chairman and CEO Chris Clemente, NOVA President Anne Kress, INOVA Health System President Stephen Jones, RTX CEO Gregory Hayes, Northrop Grumman Charman Kathy Warden, Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, and regional economic developers Bill Tompkins of Montgomery County and Victor Hoskins of Fairfax County and Stu Solomon of Connected DMV.

This year’s Power 100 list was assembled based on how each leader influences and leads the revival of the Greater Washington region in the categories of Big Money & Financiers, Advocates & Game Changers, Builders & Dealmakers, and Hospitality Mavens.