Our Team

Our Team of professionals are committed to Prince William County and in helping those that choose to locate here, by providing dedicated professional support. Together, we work hard as a team to make a difference every day by making sure our business community expands and becomes more competitive. Join us and let us work together, every day.
Our Vision

“Prince William County is a community of choice with a strong, diverse economic base, where individuals and families choose to live & work and businesses choose to locate.” –Strategic Vision Statement, 2013-2016 Prince William County Strategic Plan.

In 1989, the Commission on the Future created a 20 year vision for Prince William County, rich with opportunities for growth and desired community assets.  Today, those opportunities have been realized and the County’s Strategic Plan continues this vision by outlining specific goals, outcomes and strategies that guide us.  We take a targeted approach to meet these goals by attracting and expanding businesses in the Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Information Technology, Specialist Logistics & Supply Chain and Advanced Manufacturing sectors, as well as Federal Agencies & Corporate Facilities.  In order to ensure a diverse economy and promote overall business growth, we also work very closely with existing businesses to identify and address barriers to their expansion.

Our Values

While our vision is to work together to make Prince William County a community of choice, we believe it’s our core values that make and define who we are.   We think they’re so important we want to share them with you.

Respect:  We believe everyone has value and we show consideration for all customers and fellow employees.

Integrity:  We have the courage to consistently do what is right, honest and fair every time.  We do what we say we will do; we honor our commitments.

Creativity:  We are innovative in achieving excellence.  We find better ways to do the right thing.

Teamwork:  We support and encourage others as we work together to achieve our vision.  We value everyone’s contribution and strength.

Excellence:  We set high standards for ourselves and exceed expectations for the quality of our services and our interactions with customers.

Responsibility: We seize the opportunity to do the right thing in carrying out our  commitments and obligations.

Our Story

“Prince William County is one of the leading innovation hubs in the region, if not the nation, with cutting-edge life sciences and technology research leading the way.”  – Real Estate Bisnow

Today, Prince William County is a leader for job growth in Virginia and consistently ranked in the top 10 in the United States.  The County provides access to an outstanding talent pool of highly-skilled, culturally-diverse labor; 41% of the workforce has college degrees.  It is one of the few  more affordable business environments in the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan area that offers a favorable blend of large land parcels, along with multi-use zoned sites, incentives, reliable power and ample fiber optic availability, coupled with the lowest programmable computer taxes in the region.  Put it all together and the significance is that Prince William County provides high-impact business solutions, delivering on a highly competitive workforce at a significant cost advantage.

In recent years, the County’s forward thinking in investing in innovation and entrepreneurship has fostered broader recognition of its “Pro-Business” culture, with the development of two new facilities for small start-up businesses in life sciences and simulation, modelling and gaming – the Prince William Science Accelerator and the Virginia Serious Game Institute.

Prince William County is also home to some of Northern Virginia’s most prized assets, which attracts both businesses and employees alike.  Perhaps what it is most distinguished by is its large Department of Defense (DOD) and other military presence at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, or its vast sum of national and recreational parks, being home to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, or high-quality retail-tourism, with its widely renowned mega outlet mall – Potomac Mills.  However, its Innovation Park, a collaborative epicenter of university-research and technology is gaining international and national attention, centered by one of the top 200 research universities in the world, one of only four in Virginia, George Mason University – Science & Technology Campus in Prince William County.

Christina M. Winn
Executive Director
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Christina Winn joined the Prince William County Department of Economic Development as Executive Director in July 2019. In her new role, Christina will be focusing on building upon the robust life sciences ecosystem to attract additional investment and create new higher paying jobs, catalyzing economic development by creating redevelopment opportunities in Eastern Prince William County, and building capacity for small businesses and entrepreneurial support.  
 
Prior to joining Prince William, she led Arlington’s efforts in business retention, national recruitment, entrepreneur support, and catalyzing the innovation economy. Under her leadership, her team has recruited and retained 200 companies totaling over 14 million square feet of office space and 86,000 jobs. Notable projects include the retention of Corporate Executive Board, Applied Predictive Technologies, and Opower, as well as the recruitment of Amazon’s second Headquarters, Lidl US HQ and Nestle US HQ to Arlington.  
 
With more than 20 years of experience in economic development in Northern Virginia and Arizona; including working in real estate development in the private sector, Christina is well versed in various economic development programs that include development, finance, incentives and marketing.   
 
Christina received her BS in Economics from Arizona State University and a MS in Real Estate Development from Johns Hopkins University.  

 

Debra A. Eustace
Administrative Support Coordinator II
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Debbie joined the Department in December 1997. She provides administrative support to the Executive Director, manages the dissemination of all information to the Economic Advisors Group (EAG), and coordinates the schedules and logistics for EAG quarterly meetings. Debbie also serves as a liaison with the Board of County Supervisors’ offices, County departments, local jurisdictions, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and various other economic development and membership organizations. 

Throughout her career, Debbie has served in senior-level administrative positions at prominent organizations such as: American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), Virginia Economic Development Partnership and American International Group (AIG).

During her spare time, Debbie puts her strong fashion sense to work for others in her part-time retail career at a high-end women’s boutique.

Tom Flynn, CEcD
Business Development & Investment Director
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Tom Flynn joined the Department of Economic Development in November 2013. Today he serves as Director, Business Development and Investment with the primary responsibility of attracting new business and capital investment.

He is a Certified Economic Developer with over 20 years of experience in economic development, public management and public policy. Prior to joining the Department, he worked in economic development positions in Loudoun County, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina. 

During his career, he has successfully attracted investments and jobs from major corporations, including Siemens, IKEA, Raytheon, Bank of America, Time Warner Cable, FedEx and General Dynamics.

Tom earned his Master of Public Administration from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and his B.A. from Kalamazoo College. He is a past Board Member of the International Economic Development Council and currently serves on the IEDC’s Accredited Economic Development Organization Committee. He is an active member of NAIOP, CoreNet and ULI and has served on several ULI Advisory Panels.

James E. Gahres, CEcD, FAICP
Director, Redevelopment and Special Projects
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Jim joined the Department in October 2003 and has played a substantial role in helping the Department achieve the highest levels of investment attraction in its entire history. His work with data centers alone has brought in over $3 billion in investments for the County in the past several years.

Previously, he served as Director of Economic Development for the cities of Falls Church and Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Town of Leesburg, Virginia, where he also served as Assistant Town Manager. Prior to that, Jim was Executive Director of the Loudoun County, Virginia Partnership and Marketing Manager for the City of Alexandria, Virginia Economic Development Program. He has served on over 50 local task forces, boards and commissions in Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jim is past President of the Virginia Downtown Development Association and was Executive Director of the Falls Church Economic Development Authority, Charlottesville Industrial Development Authority and Leesburg Economic Development Commission. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and an alumnus of Leadership Fairfax, Inc., and Leadership Charlottesville.

Jim has a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia, School of Architecture, where he served as a lecturer and taught the University’s first graduate-level course in economic development. He has a B.A. in sociology/anthropology with Departmental Honors, from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Jim is active in a host of extra-curricular activities and has a lifelong passion for community service.

Antje Williams
Administrative Support Coordinator II
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Antje joined the Department in June 2013 as an Administrative Support Coordinator. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to multiple senior-level managers on the Business Development team. In this capacity, she coordinates all calendars; arranges meetings, events and travel; and provides project coordination. Antje also assists in the creation of presentations to existing businesses in the County and those interested in making Prince William their new location. Antje earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Antje collectively, has over 20 years of office administration experience at major publishing and defense contracting companies. 

In her spare time, Antje enjoys travel along with cultural and educational enrichment.

Michelle T. Nguyen
Marketing Communications Specialist
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Michelle joined the Department in May 2018 and oversees the development and production of the Department’s online and print marketing materials. During her brief tenure, she has been heavily involved in revising virtually all print collateral.  In particular, she has been the creative force behind the layout and design of the BioHealth Life Science, NAIOP brochures, advertisement design, tradeshow flyers, etc. She also serves as a web content manager for our Economic Development website.

Michelle has over 15 years of experience working in the federal contracting sector, namely, the United States Army (DoD) and Pentagon.  During that time, she performed the role of senior graphic designer and front-end developer for top-secret projects and dynamic web applications. She was also responsible for the redesign and redevelopment of agencies’ websites, ensuring their up-to-date internet presence and improving search engine optimization.  

Michelle graduated from Marymount University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design. Away from work, Michelle enjoys travel with family and making handcrafted air dried clay floral arrangements.

ALLISHA ABRAHAM
Research Manager
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Allisha joined the Department of Economic Development in October 2012.  As the Research Manager she is responsible for compiling economic data, responding to RFI’s, generating market intelligence and sourcing, for qualitative and quantitative data.

Previously, she worked as a Senior Policy Technician with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, assisting in the restructuring of its portfolio of state enterprises and the implementation and monitoring of its direct investment strategy. Allisha also worked for several years as an Economist with the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, specializing in monetary and financial research, and at the Caribbean Centre for Monetary Studies. 

Allisha is an accomplished economic researcher with over 11 years of economic research, public policy, corporate governance and project management. 

Allisha holds a master’s degree in economics of development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.

In her spare time, Allisha enjoys outdoor activities, reading and spending time with family and friends.

 

Stacie M. Henn
Business Development Manager
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Stacie has over 20 years’ experience in the information management technology industry, management consulting, and public sector industry. An experienced professional in the public sector she has provided extensive technical management and consulting services to clients throughout the US. Her work has spanned both federal and local governments; including states, utilities and water districts, higher education, and school districts.

Among her significant business achievements, she has also served on the Board of Directors for a large ERP software users group and remains active in the community.  Her passion is to bring clients together to collaborate in a way to benefit and share technologies.

Michele H. Weatherly
Director of Existing Business & Engagement
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In May 2019, Michele joined the Department of Economic Development as a Business Development Manager with expertise in Information Technology. Promoted to Director of Business Retention and Engagement in October 2019, she has begun working with local businesses on retention and expansion issues. In this new role, Michele and the Small Business Manager, will be working with Federal, State, Local, and non-profit entities to discuss financial incentives and public/private partnerships to encourage expansion for Prince William businesses. The team is also busy creating a Prince William Small Business Resource Center to provide extensive small business and entrepreneurial resource guidance.