WASHINGTON ‚Äď A top economic development official is leaving the nation‚Äôs capital to come to Prince George‚Äôs County to oversee economic development and leadership, County Executive Rushern Baker III announced last week.
Victor Hoskins, who has more than 25 years of experience in economic and community development, has been appointed by Baker to become county‚Äôs deputy chief administrative officer for economic development and public infrastructure effective June 16.
‚ÄúI am confident that Victor Hoskins will help us build on the foundation we laid over the past few years,‚ÄĚ Baker III said. ‚ÄúHis experience and expertise in economic development will help us to expand our commercial tax base and attract more jobs and investments in Prince George‚Äôs County.‚ÄĚ
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray thanked Hoskins for his service after the announcement.
‚ÄúOur loss is Prince George‚Äôs County‚Äôs gain as Victor has done an extraordinary job in moving the district‚Äôs economy forward by leaps and bounds,‚ÄĚ Gray said. ‚ÄúI am grateful for his service to our city.‚ÄĚ
In his new capacity, Hoskins will manage $50 million from the Prince George‚Äôs County economic development incentive fund and work with other departments to make the county become the economic engine of the Washington metropolitan region and the state of Maryland,‚ÄĚ Baker said.
Hoskins will work with assistant deputy chief administrative officers David Iannucci and Bradley Frome to oversee the county‚Äôs public works and transportation department, the Department of Environmental Resources, and the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement.
Hoskins formerly served in D.C. overseeing Mayor Vincent Gray‚Äôs plans for workforce growth and economic development. He headed the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, where he coordinated policies and initiatives to promote affordable housing and encourage businesses to move to and stay in the D.C. area.
Hoskins is the second official to leave the Gray administration in Washington for Prince George‚Äôs County this year, confirmed Scott Peterson, press secretary for Prince George‚Äôs County. Former director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Nicholas Majett, who occupied the position for more than three years, moved to Prince George‚Äôs County in early May to become chief administrative officer. Both left after Gray lost the Democratic primary elections on April 1.
Before serving in D.C., Hoskins served as secretary of Maryland‚Äôs Department of Housing and Community Development. He worked in a similar position in Baltimore and was senior vice president at Urban America, LP, early in his career.
Hoskins is a member of the American Planning Association and the International Economic Development Council. He graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also studied development finance at Harvard University‚Äôs Kennedy School of Government.
Hoskins did not respond to multiple phone calls and emails for comment.