Buddy RizerExecutive Director, Loudoun County Department of Economic Development
Buddy Rizer serves as 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 $25 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 also has extensive international business development experience in China, France, Germany, Russia, Ireland, United Kingdom, Finland, Taiwan, Japan, India, Korea and United Arab Emirates.
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, 2018 and 2019, has been named one of the 50 most influential Virginians for 2018, 2019 and 2020 by Virginia Business Magazine, and was named to the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 as one of the most influential business people in Washington, DC in 2019. In 2020, he was named to the Virginia 500, a list of the commonwealth’s “most powerful and influential leaders.”
Rizer is a certified economic developer and a graduate of Virginia Tech's Local Government Management Graduate Certificate Program.