NVTC Hosts Inaugural Virginia Data Center Awards
Event Celebrates Virginia’s Dominance in the Data Center and Cloud Industry
HERNDON, Va. - The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) saluted the enormous growth and contributions of Virginia's data center industry at its first-ever Virginia Data Center Awards event on April 24 at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Va. More than 300 industry executives, economic development professionals and state elected officials attended the sold out event to discuss a strong workforce pipeline and other key factors in maintaining Virginia's competiveness in the industry and to recognize individuals and projects that represent excellence in areas of sustainability, construction, advocacy and community engagement and support.
|The award winners from the 2019 Virginia Data Center Leadership Awards|
- approximately 43,275 jobs
- $3.2 billion in labor income and
- $10.2 billion in economic output in Virginia.
Data Center Community Champion: Erich Sanchack - Digital Realty
Data Center Construction Project Award: Jon Duffey, Bob Shawver, Chris Jewell, Nick Cunningham, and Mark Rainey - representing HITT
Data Center Industry Icon: Bill Stein - Digital Realty
Data Center Sustainable Champion: Dave Smith - Microsoft
Data Center Legislative Champion 2019 Class of Honorees: Virginia State Senator Ryan McDougle, Virginia Delegate Tim Hugo, Prince William Board of County Supervisors Jeanine Lawson and Marty Nohe
NVTC Trailblazer Awards: Buddy Rizer, Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, and James Leach, RagingWire Data Centers
The event featured a panel of Virginia policymakers and leaders who spoke on the policies and investments needed to ensure the Commonwealth continues to maintain a dominant position in attracting and growing data center jobs and investment, along with the related industries that make up its supply chain. Panelists included:
- Virginia Speaker of the House Kirk Cox
- Virginia Senator Janet Howell
- Virginia Economic Development Partnership President and CEO Stephen Moret
- Virginia Senator Frank Ruff
|Guests during the 2019 Virginia Data Center Leadership Awards on April 24|
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The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies from all sectors of the technology industry, as well as service providers, universities, foreign embassies, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 300,000 employees in the region. NVTC is recognized as the nation's leader in providing its technology community with networking and educational events; specialized services and benefits; public policy advocacy; branding of its region as a major global technology center; initiatives in targeted business sectors and in the international, entrepreneurship, workforce and education arenas; and the NVTC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that supports the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative and other priorities within Virginia's technology community. Visit NVTC at http://www.nvtc.org.