Power Moves: Meet Arlington’s New Director of Economic Development

Following a nationwide search, Arlington County ended up not looking too far for its new director of economic development.

Starting Nov. 28, Ryan Touhill will take on the role of building economic opportunities in the Virginia community. Touhill comes to the post from the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, where he helped out with the Amazon HQ2 project and the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus. Before this, Touhill held government roles for the City of Alexandria in budget and human resources. He’ll be taking over from Shannon Flanagan-Watson, the interim director.

“Arlington is a dynamic and innovative community that has proven it can achieve smart, sustainable growth for businesses and residents alike,” said Touhill in a statement. “I am excited about this opportunity to bring my passion of service to ensure that Arlington County is a top business destination.”