The Virginia Economic Development Partnership has selected Prince William County’s economic development director to serve as its new president and chief executive.

Martin Briley, who has been with the county since 1997, will replace Jeffrey Anderson, who served as VEDP president and CEO for six years.

“Selecting a leader that will help the organization continue to bring new jobs to the commonwealth and retain Virginia’s top-rate standing has been the board’s mission throughout this search process,” VEDP Board Chairman Julien G. Patterson said. “ I have utmost confidence that Martin will continue VEDP’s strong legacy of success, and take the partnership to new heights.”

VEDP officials said they conducted a six-month national search, selecting Briley because he has 25 years of experience in both national and international business development and management. He is also a results-driven leader who is nationally recognized as a “consensus builder, skilled negotiator and deal closer.”

During his tenure in Prince William, Briley’s department’s “announced investment” rose from about $20 million a year to $250 million a year, and at-place employment in Prince William has grown 50 percent.

“I am grateful to the VEDP board of directors for their confidence and trust in providing me with this extraordinary opportunity,” Briley said. “I look forward to joining the talented and energetic team of top professionals passionately engaged in advancing the economy of the commonwealth.”

VEDP was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage and stimulate development and business expansion in Virginia. The organization is a state authority that is governed by a 23-member board of directors appointed by the governor and the General Assembly.

“On behalf of Governor McDonnell and his Commerce and Trade team, we welcome Martin to VEDP,” Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng said. “Martin’s résumé, accolades and business experience speaks volumes, and there is no doubt economic development in Virginia will continue its upward trajectory under his leadership.”