Amazon HQ2: What does it mean for our companies and communities?

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With Amazon’s recent choice of Northern Virginia as the site of one of two major new headquarters and with the prospect of 25,000 new jobs, how will all this change affect the DC region? How will this impact tech hiring and tech wages, startups and secondary businesses in the area? How can tech leaders embrace these changes and thrive?

SIMCAC welcomes all current and eligible prospective members to join us for an evening of networking, cocktails, heavy appetizers, and a lively panel discussion at Virginia Tech's Research Center Arlington.

Event underwritten by Huntington Technology Finance, Inc.

Our Moderator:

Mike Cannon

Mike Cannon - Mike has over 30 years of information technology experience. He is a SIMCAC board member and is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Stafford County, Virginia, where his team of 18 supports a community of 144,000 residents and 1,000 users. Previously, he was an independent consultant providing services to local governments, nonprofits and for-profit organizations. Mike also recently served as the Chief Information Officer for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining ICMA, Mike was the Chief Information Officer for the City of Rockville, Maryland, a community of 70,000. He served as the head of the IT department for 14 years and lead a team of 20 IT professionals. Prior to working for the City of Rockville, Mike was the Director of Management Information Systems for the Council on Foundations, a national nonprofit organization serving 1,800 foundations throughout the world.

Our Panelists:

Victor Hoskins

Victor Hoskins - Victor Hoskins became the Arlington Economic Development (AED) Director in 2015 and is most known for leading the team that successfully attracted Amazon HQ2 to Arlington County, VA, a deal that will bring 25,000 high tech jobs, invest $2.5 billion and occupy four million square feet of commercial office space. This is one of the largest economic development deals in North American history. It is estimated it will generate $3.2 billion in revenue for the State of Virginia and over $315 million for the County.

Since joining AED, he has led efforts that have resulted in approximately 229 deals, representing 11.5 million square feet in new and retained office leases and the creation or retention of more than 67,000 jobs. The diversification strategy he designed resulted the in the expansions and attractions of companies such as Nestlé, Grant Thornton, Lidl, Deloitte, Oracle/OPower, Applied Predictive Technologies, Amazon Web Services Innovation Center, March of Dimes and Phone2Action. Previously, Mr. Hoskins served as Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development for Washington, D.C., where his achievements included the creation of 52,600 jobs through public private partnership projects and the groundbreaking and/or completion of 87 mixed use projects totaling $7.5 billion in 3 1⁄2 years. Projects included the Southwest Waterfront and City Center. Mr. Hoskins repositioned the District to emerge as a “tech town” and a global city with a booming economy and growing population.

Mr. Hoskins holds a Master’s degree in City Planning: Real Estate Finance/ Economic Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors: Psychology/Urban Studies from Dartmouth College. He also studied Development Finance at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.

Jack Belcher

Jack Belcher - Mr. Belcher has been the Chief Information Officer of Arlington County since 2000. Mr. Belcher previously held senior technology roles at the United States House of Representatives, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and the International Monetary Fund.

Jack has been awarded the Top 100 Federal Executive award, the CIO 100 award by CIO Magazine, and under his leadership Arlington County was recognized as the number one digital county in 2016.

Mr. Belcher holds a PhD in International Affairs and Computation Analytics from Georgetown University.

Christie Struckman

Christie Struckman - Christie Struckman covers the complex challenges of organizational change and digital business transformation with a focus on the people perspective. Her areas of focus include IT management, the role of the CIO, organizational change, cultural change and leadership practices. Ms. Struckman is a member of Gartner's Leadership, Culture and People team in the CIO Research group.

Prior to joining the Research team, Ms. Struckman worked as an Executive Partner in Gartner's Executive Program providing guidance and advice to CIOs in multiple industries on most technology and strategy initiatives. Before joining Gartner, she had 10 years of experience in organizational and leadership development in the high-tech industry and public sector. She worked for nine years in customer service, backroom IT services, IT change management and strategic programs in the IT department at Intel. She worked for 10 years consulting on program metric design, survey validation and analysis. She also was a professor focused on the business school topics of organizational behavior, change and leadership.

Steve Hartell

Steve Hartell - Steve is a Director of Public Policy at Amazon and leads the Congressional Affairs team in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Steve leads Amazon’s public policy engagement on a number of corporate policy priorities including intellectual property, workforce, and corporate taxation. Before joining Amazon, Steve worked in similar positions at Cisco Systems, Inc. and EMC Corporation.

Prior to joining the private sector, Steve worked for Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC) and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He continues in service to Senator Hollings through his Board seat on the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to fostering dialogue between the United States and countries with predominantly Muslim populations in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Eurasia and Europe.

Steve is married and has three daughters. The Hartells reside in Alexandria, VA where Steve is active in the community. Steve recently served as the President of the Board of New Hope Housing, an organization that provides shelter and transitional housing to homeless individuals and families in Northern Virginia.

Steve received his BA from the University of South Carolina and his MA from George Washington University.

Brandy Salmon

Brandy Salmon - With over 20 years of experience at the intersection of research and business, Brandy came to Virginia Tech as Executive Director for LINK, supporting a wide range of industry engagements. In her current position, Salmon continues in her leadership role at LINK while also guiding the university’s newest enterprise, LAUNCH, The Center for New Ventures.

Prior to standing up LINK at Virginia Tech, Brandy was a director with RTI’s Innovation Advisors, where she led strategic consulting engagements for federal and corporate clients and served as program manager for a global technology testing and commercialization accelerator on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Brandy joined RTI from Duke University, where she led a full spectrum of commercialization and technology transfer activities within the Office of Licensing and Ventures.

Brandy earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Charles Clancy

Charles ClancyDr. Charles Clancy is the Executive Director of Virginia Tech's Hume Center for National Security and Technology and is the Bradley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. With 85 faculty and staff, the Hume Center engages over 400 students annually in research and experiential learning focused in national security and technology. Dr. Clancy is an internationally-recognized expert at the intersection of wireless, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2010, he served as a researcher at the National Security Agency. Dr. Clancy received his BS in Computer Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has over 200 peer-reviewed technical publications and patents, is co-author to five books, and co-founder to four venture-backed startup companies.

When & Where
Jan 23
23rd January 2019
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Arlington, VA
2019-01-23 05:30 PM 2019-01-23 08:00 PM America/New_York Amazon HQ2: What does it mean for our companies and communities? 950 North Glebe Road Arlington, VA, United States 22203

Virginia Tech Research Center Arlington

Walking directions from the Ballston-MU Metro Station:

  • VT's building is about a five minute walk from the Ballston-MU Metro Station on the Orange and Silver lines. Exit the station and turn west on Fairfax Drive. Cross N. Glebe Road, the make an immediate left. The building is mid-block.

  • The Executive Briefing Center is on the 2nd floor.


  • A parking garage is located beneath the Virginia Tech Research Center (900 N. Glebe Road). The garage entrance is off Ninth Street at the corner of Glebe Road. The garage is managed by Laz Parking (703-243-7281).

  • The Executive Briefing Center is on the 2nd floor