Economic Development: CHRISTINA WINN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GAINESVILLE
Winn leads a 20-person economic development team during a time of tremendous growth in the county.
George Mason University is expanding its tech campus, adding a $75 million Life Sciences and Engineering building to anchor the county’s Innovation Park, a 1,500-acre corporate research park.
Though the General Assembly backed out of providing state incentives for the team during the 2022 legislative session, the Ashburn-based Washington Commanders acquired rights to buy 200 acres in Woodbridge in May, a signal that the beleaguered team is considering the location for its new stadium and corporate headquarters.
The county is also becoming a data center hot spot; data centers generated $79 million in county tax revenue in 2021. But a proposal to add 27.6 million square feet of data centers has received pushback from some residents — and filmmaker Ken Burns — partly because of the site’s proximity to the historic Manassas Civil War battlefield.
Before joining Prince William in 2019, Winn directed Arlington Economic Development’s Business Investment Group and was part of the leadership team responsible for attracting Amazon.com Inc. to locate its HQ2 East Coast headquarters there. Winn holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Arizona State University.