As reported recently in the Washington Business Journal, Val Hawkins, president and CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, will retire effective March 15, according to the partnership. He will be replaced in an acting capacity by Stephanie Landrum, the organization’s chief operating officer.
Under his leadership of the past six years, Hawkins, 73, marketed Alexandria to prospective businesses, located available real estate and nailed down tax and other financial incentives.
“It was my decision and my decision alone,” Hawkins told the Journal. “I’ve lived in Alexandria for 37 years. This is a really special city, and I’m really proud of what we’ve done over the last six years. It’s time for me to leave on a high note.”.
“Val has been the cornerstone of the Partnership’s efforts in the community, and, we are thankful to him for his leadership,” Christopher Hartman, chairman of the AEDP’s board of directors, said in a statement. “While he will be greatly missed, we know he will continue to make meaningful contributions to the city and be successful in all that he does moving forward.”
Under Landrum, Hartman said in the release, “we are confident economic development for the benefit of the entire City won’t miss a beat.” Hawkins, who has become a painter in recent years, referred to Landrum as his “invaluable partner.”