Department of Economic Development
Title: Executive Director
Buddy Rizer is the executive director for economic development in Loudoun County, Virginia, one of the fastest-growing and wealthiest counties in the nation. He leads the agency responsible for encouraging growth and developing relationships with the county’s business community in both the commercial and agricultural-based business sectors in Loudoun.
Rizer’s personal focus is on the technology arena, including Loudoun’s thriving data center cluster. He has been named one of the “50 Most Influential Virginians” by Virginia Business Magazine in 2018; one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for 2017, and was honored as a Tech Titan in 2017 and 2018 by the Washington Business Journal.
Rizer has been a speaker at many regional and national data center events, and was the founding co-chair of the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee. He serves on the NVTC Board of Directors and is on the Washington Dulles Foreign Trade Zone Board of Directors.
Rizer works with a stable of companies that include Digital Realty Trust, Equinix, Amazon, Verizon Business, Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Northrop Grumman, Neustar and the Washington Redskins.
He also works to market the benefits of Loudoun County and its business offerings nationally and has extensive international business development experience in Germany, Russia, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Finland, France, Ireland and the U.K.
He is a Certified Economic Developer and is a graduate of the Local Government Management Graduate Certificate Program at Virginia Tech.