Speaker

 

Buddy Rizer
Buddy
Rizer
Executive Director, Loudoun County
Virginia Economic Development

Buddy Rizer is the Executive Director for economic development in Loudoun County, Virginia. He leads the agency responsible for encouraging growth and developing relationships with Loudoun’s business community in both the commercial and agricultural-based business sectors. During his tenure, Rizer and his team have attracted more than $20 billion in new investment and tens of thousands of new jobs.

In 2007, Mr. 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. In 2017, Rizer was named one of the top 50 Economic Developers in North America, he was named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine in 2017 and 2018, and has been named one of the 50 most influential Virginians for 2018 and 2019 by Virginia Business Magazine.

Rizer is a certified economic developer and a graduate of Virginia Tech's Local Government Management Graduate Certificate Program.