2017 March – The Power of Ideas: Moving Fairfax’s Economy and Communities Forward

Guest Speaker
Gerald Gordon, President and CEO
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority 

The current and future success of Fairfax County’s economy and communities rests on “the power of ideas.”  Employers and professionals are seeking communities where they can be close to a rich mix of creative ideas and experiences. How is Fairfax County working to create these enriching communities and networks?

Join us on March 28 with guest speaker Gerald  Gordon, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. In 2007 Time Magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” But change is constant and Fairfax must continue to evolve. As one of the foremost economic development leaders in the country, Mr. Gordon will provide insights on Fairfax’s future that you won’t want to miss.

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Networking: 7:00 – 7:30 PM
Dinner & Program:  7:30 – 9:00 PM

Amphora Restaurant
377 Maple Avenue, West  Vienna, VA 22180

Dinner Cost:  Members – $39  Non-Members – $49
Payment can be made by credit card in advance — or at the event with check or cash. To pay by credit card, request an invoice in your RSVP message.

Please state your meal preference with your RSVP 
Fish, Chicken, Beef, or Vegetarian

About the speaker:

Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., is the president and CEO of the Economic Development Authority in Fairfax County. He has been with the FCEDA since late 1983, during which time office space in the county grew from 32 million square feet to more than 116 million, and jobs in the county grew from 243,000 to almost 600,000. As a result, the real estate tax rate has decreased from $1.47 to $1.13.

Dr. Gordon has also worked for Arlington County and the US Department of Labor. Dr. Gordon was instrumental in creating the Emerging Business Forum and bringing the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology to Fairfax County. In 2005, the FCEDA was named by Site Selection magazine as one of the Top Ten Economic Development organizations in North America. In 2007, Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” In 2011, the Washington Post said that “Fairfax County remains the economic wunderkind of Virginia and in many ways of the Washington area.”

Dr. Gordon is the author of 12 books on strategic planning and economic development. His most recent book is “The Economic Survival of America’s Isolated Small Towns” (CRC Press, 2015). Other recent books include “The Economic Viability of Micropolitan America” (CRC Press, 2013), “Reinventing Local and Regional Economies” (CRC Press, 2011) and “The Formula for Economic Growth on Main Street America” (CRC Press, 2009).

In 2010, Virginia Business named Dr. Gordon its “Virginia Business Person of the Year.” That year he also received the James Rees Award from the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Virginia Business tapped Dr. Gordon for its “50 Most Influential Virginians” list. Leadership Fairfax, Inc. named Dr. Gordon the recipient of the 2011 Northern Virginia Regional Leadership Award. In 2012, Transwestern, Delta Associates, Baker Tilly and PNC Real Estate honored Dr. Gordon as a TrendLines Trendsetter of the Year for the Washington metropolitan area for his contributions to the commercial real estate industry.

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