Economic Success Indicators & Performance Measures


Fairfax County is developing a set of 35 performance indicators to measure progress on the Economic Success Strategic Plan. When finalized, these indicators will be published in a more detailed report

In the long run, the indicators are intended to provide goals, targets and priorities to shape the work on this plan. Initially, however, progress will be measured by identifying historical trends or initiating the collection of new data.

The Indicators

The indicators are organized around three main themes, along with their associated sub-themes, that link to the plan’s six goals:

  • Innovation and Equity: the health of the county’s economy, its innovation ecosystem, and how residents access economic success.
    • Economic Innovation and Sustainability
    • Education, Housing, Health
  • Place and Infrastructure: the interconnectedness of land use, infrastructure, and transportation in creating places and environments that are accessible and positively contribute to quality of life.
    • Mobility
    • Activity Centers and Creating Value
    • Environment and Infrastructure
  • Governance and Financial Stewardship: efforts made by the county government to improve transparency, stakeholder engagement, internal processes, and accountability.
    • Communication and Culture
    • Regulatory Processes
    • Sound Financial Decisions

How the Indicators Were Developed

The county worked with Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs to identify a set of performance indicators as comprehensive as the plan itself. This process was extensive, and it involved engagement with internal and external stakeholders, including a survey of 200 people and 60 in-person meetings.

Data Sources

Some of the data sources for the indicators include:


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