Gerald L. Gordon, who helped Fairfax County become an economic powerhouse in the Washington region, announced Monday he will leave in January after 35 years as head of the county’s economic development authority.
Gordon plans to work as a fellow in the College of Charleston’s Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities in South Carolina and teach in that school’s Master of Public Administration program, the economic development authority said in a statement. He will also do consulting work in Northern Virginia and serve on a local board, the statement said.
Sharon Bulova (D), chair of the county Board of Supervisors, said Gordon has put Fairfax on the path of a more diverse economy after decades of heavy dependency on federal government spending. “No one is a fiercer advocate for Fairfax County, and I will personally miss working with him,” Bulova said in a statement.