John P. Holden

Director of Economic Development and Tourism, Stafford County, VA

John joined the Stafford team in May 2018 after spending 25 years in Maine. There, his experience encompassed community and economic development; tourism development and marketing; and international business development and attraction. He helped institute and managed a number of economic development organizations. He also led the expansion of Maine’s entrepreneurship environment into communities he worked.

John was born in Columbus, Oh. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in regional economics from the University of Maine. He enjoys cooking and golf.

Wednesday, October 2
11:00 am - 12:15 pm • The Smart State: Collaboration and Innovation in the Commonwealth of Virginiastage
Join leaders from State and local government, academia and industry in Virginia who will discuss the advanced economic development and P3 opportunities that are driving the smart city movement throughout the state. Virginia has moved from planning to implementation over the past year, and will talk about the impact of 3 specific projects: a Statewide Data Governance effort leading towards a unified data governance policy, smart building/IoT technologies to improve Public Safety,  and the centerpiece of the current Virginia effort, the new Smart Town Center in Stafford County, halfway between Washington and Richmond. Ihrie