2013 to 2020: Director Economic Development,
Fauquier County, Virginia
Responsibilities included:business retention and expansion; facilitating Innovation and entrepreneurship; attracting new investment; increasing business from travel and tourism.
[Now a consultant to Fauquier County, focus on projects and regional ED issues]
-Established three businesses enterprise centers (incubator/accelerators) that help nurture and grow entrepreneurial endeavors, partnering with universities and community colleges.
-Created a partnership with Lord Fairfax Community College that led to a joint workforce development program and a shared Workforce Coordinator.
-Developed a comprehensive economic development “living” strategy
-Led Fauquier County in becoming one of the first communities in the state to institute incentives for environmentally friendly business investments.
-Brought the first major datacenter investments to Fauquier County.
-Generated roughly half a billion dollars in new investment in the county.
-Helped add an average of roughly one million dollars each year to the county tax base.
-Landed the third largest provider of cloud services in the world, OVH, their first US presence.
-Won a state-run veteran care facility in competition with other northern Virginia counties.
-Assisted in the expansion of such local stalwart localfirms such as Smith-Midland and Gaithersburg Cabinetry, and many more.
-Secured grants from state, federal, regional and private organizations.
-Forged and renewed close partnerships with the Fauquier Chamber, community colleges, universities, state and regional groups, local schools, private groups, and VA ED Partnership.
-Partnered with three Virginia Community Colleges, to coordinate cybersecurity training.
-Built a close and mutually beneficial relationship with Marine Corps Base Quantico, which includes working with transitioning Marines to re-enter the civilian economy.
-Helped expand the support system for the county’s businesses andworkers during the COVID-19 crisis, through information, training, grants and loans.
2005 to 2013: Private Consulting, Miles Friedman and Partners
-Highlights included work for state, local and private clients and educational institutions (GMU and NOVA). Helped launch the Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance, which addressed, among other issues, the workforce needs of major contractors and linking employers with employees. Today, the group is heavily focused on the employment needs of veterans and military families. Assisted states and communities in strategic planning, program development, reorganization, business attraction, retention, incubation use of incentives and performance measurement.
1980 to 2005: President, National Association of State Development Agencies
-Worked with 40 states on a full range of economic development issues, including incentives, organization and program building as well as management and marketing. Did pioneering work in performance measurement and public/private partnerships. Helped states explore global markets and with programs designed to better link workforce and economic development efforts.
1977 to 1980: Director of Legislation and Policy, National Council for Urban Economic Development (now the International Economic Development Council)
-Worked with numerous cities and neighborhood groups on a full range of development needs and worked with Congress on federal legislation to support businesses and the workforce.
Founder: Prince William County Workforce Housing Collaborative (2006); Founder and Chair, Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance (2008).
Awarded: U.S. Export Development Award by President Bill Clinton 1996; Best Article, Economic Development Review 1986; Golden Shovel Award, Prince William County, 2007; Elected Chairman, Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance, 2013
BA in Local Government and Public Administration, School of Government, George Washington University1971; Graduate Work in Political Science, including Masters Degree (equivalent, as part of PhD program) George Washington University, School of Public and International Affairs, completed 1975.