Fairfax County Economic Development Authority wins state award

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Fairfax County’s success in landing Northrop Grumman’s headquarters has been cited as the top economic development project in a statewide competition.

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce gave the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority its overall Virginia Torchbearer Award during a Thursday conference at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.

Northrop Grumman Corp., a Fortune 500 company and a major defense contractor, plans to move its headquarters from California to Fairfax next year. Virginia initially competed with Washington, D.C., and Maryland for the deal.

Gerald L. Gordon, the president and CEO of Fairfax EDA , was named Business Person of the Year by Virginia Business in its December issue.

Other Torchbearer Awards were presented to winners in 10 districts plus a statewide category:.

1st District: Economic Development Authority of the City of Newport News

2nd District: Peninsula Council for Workforce Development

3rd District: Hampton University (for its Proton Therapy Institute)

4th District: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Prince George (a collaboration involving the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Rolls-Royce)

5th District: Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville

6th District: Shenandoah Valley Partnership and Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board (for the Shenandoah Valley Energy Partnership)

7th District: Greater Richmond Partnership, Richmond, Chesterfield County, Hanover County and Henrico County (for their Business First existing business project)

8th District: Arlington County Economic Development

9th District: Joint IDA of Wythe County, Wytheville and Rural Retreat

10th District: Leesburg, George Mason University and Loudoun County (for the small-business Enterprise Center)

Statewide: Virginia Department of Business Assistance

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