We speak to Buddy Rizer of Loudoun County Data Centre during his tour of Europe. We talk data clusters and the opportunities they can bring.
Finally, we speak to Wikimedia Foundation Director Juliet Barbara. We get an insight into how Wikipedia was founded, how it operates and how it is funded.
Buddy Rizer is the executive director for economic development in Loudoun County, Virginia, one of the fastest-growing and wealthiest counties in the nation. He leads the agency responsible for encouraging growth and developing relationships with the county’s business community in both the commercial and agricultural-based business sectors in Loudoun. His personal focus is on the technology arena, including Loudoun’s thriving data center cluster.
Rizer has been a speaker at many regional and national data center events, and was the founding co-chair of the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee. He now serves on the NVTC Board of Directors and is on the Washington Dulles Foreign Trade Zone Board of Directors.
Rizer works with a stable of companies that include Digital Realty Trust, Equinix, Amazon, Verizon Business, Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Orbital ATK, Neustar and the Washington Redskins.
He also works to market the benefits of Loudoun County and its business offerings nationally, and has extensive international business development experience in Germany, Russia, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Finland, France, Ireland and the U.K.
He is a Certified Economic Developer and is a graduate of the Local Government Management Graduate Certificate Program at Virginia Tech