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Rizer tabbed as permanent director of Economic Development

Loudoun County has a new permanent Director of Economic Development.

County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced Dec. 18 that Buddy Rizer has been selected as the new Director of the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development.

Rizer has been serving as acting director of the department since Aug. 1 after previous director Tom Flynn resigned unexpectedly.

“We conducted a nationwide search for this position and had a very strong and competitive applicant pool. Buddy stood out as an exceptional strategic thinker and manager,” Hemstreet said in the news release. “I am confident that under his leadership, the Department of Economic Development will succeed in carrying out the Board of Supervisors’ strategic plan, organizational goals and priorities as they relate to economic development.”

Rizer says he is looking forward to his new position.

“I’ve always said that this is one of the great economic development jobs anywhere in the country. Loudoun County has a supportive Board of Supervisors, a very involved business community and a great team of economic development professionals on staff. I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead Loudoun’s economic development’s efforts,” Rizer said.

Under the direction of the County Administrator, the director of Economic Development is responsible for economic development strategies for attracting new business, reinvestment, job creation, retention of existing businesses and rural economic development.

Rizer will also be in charge of ensuring that those strategies reflect the Board of Supervisors’ strategic plan, organizational goals and priorities.

Rizer has worked for Loudoun County since April 2007 and was named assistant director in February 2012.

While at the DED, he has been instrumental in the growth and development of the data center cluster in Loudoun.

A man of many talents, Rizer worked in radio, including positions as an owner and operator, program director, brand manager and on-air personality before coming to the Loudoun County government.

In 2012, Rizer earned a prestigious national certification in economic development, the Certified Economic Developer designation.

Issued by the International Economic Development Council, the award recognizes a mastery of and professional excellence in the field of economic development.

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