Victor Hoskins joined the Fairfax County (Va.) Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) as president and CEO on August 5, 2019. Previously, he was the director of Arlington (Va.) Economic Development since 2015. In that role he is most known for leading the team that successfully attracted Amazon HQ2 to Arlington County, a deal that will bring between 25,000 and 37,850 Amazon jobs to Arlington, stimulate creation of another 75,000 jobs in the Washington region, and generate between $3.2 and $4.8 billion in revenue for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Since he arrived at the FCEDA, Microsoft announced a 400,000-square foot software R&D center that will have 1,500 employees. This was the largest transaction in Northern Virginia for 2020. Google, Facebook, Amazon Web Services, Volkswagen Group of America, Guidehouse, StarKist and the global law firm of King & Spalding also announced locations in Fairfax County.
Under Mr. Hoskins’ leadership, in 2020 the FCEDA launched a multi-faceted talent initiative aimed at attracting, retaining, retraining and growing the workforce that businesses need to succeed in Northern Virginia. In its first year the initiative connected more than 6,000 job-seekers with 170 companies, and the initiative involved more than 100 universities including 40 historically black colleges and universities throughout the mid-Atlantic. Mr. Hoskins is leading the regional economic development strategy initiative at Connected DMV, to create a stronger, equitable, and more resilient Washington, D.C., region. He is also involved in regional economic recovery strategy efforts in Fairfax County and Virginia. Previously, Mr. Hoskins worked in private real estate investment on Wall Street.
He also served as deputy mayor of economic development for the District of Columbia, during which time he led the turnaround of the District’s economy with projects such as The Wharf and City Center. Mr. Hoskins received the 2020 Regional Leadership Award from Leadership Fairfax Inc. He also received the 2019 Ronald Kirby Award for Collaborative Leadership from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Virginia Business magazine named him one of the “100 people to meet in 2020” and its 2021 list of “Heavy Hitters” shaping Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree with honors from Dartmouth College.
Monday, October 18, 2021
Join Kevin Morgan, Director of Technology Sector Attraction and Retention from the WDCEP moderate an amazing panel of three key players of the entrepreneurial ecosystem from DC, VA, and MD: Victor Hoskins, the President, and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, Melissa Bradley, CEO of Ureeka and 1863 Ventures and Allyson Redpath, Director of Entrepreneurship at Maryland Dept of Commerce.
They will kick off DC Startup Week with a lively and important discussion on the state of entrepreneurship in the DMV as we recover from the pandemic, exciting trends they see for growth opportunities in the area, and resources that you all can leverage as you launch and grow your businesses.
These three individuals are key players in helping create a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in our region. You don't want to miss out on this great panel. Add it to your schedule today!