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Terry Holzheimer, Director of Economic Development, Suffers Fatal Heart Attack

His wife, Mary Benedette Pelletter-Holzheimer, died six weeks ago.

Terry Holzheimer, Director of Economic Development, Suffers Fatal Heart Attack
Terry Holzheimer, director of Arlington Economic Development (AED) since 2005, died over the weekend, according to the county.

"Terry's family has informed me that Terry died today of a heart attack," Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan said Saturday. "I am deeply saddened by this tragic news. Our hearts go out to Terry's family.

"Arlington has lost a dedicated public servant and a leader who worked for decades to build one of our nation's most successful and stable communities," Donnellan said. "Terry was respected across this region as a leader in economic development. His many accomplishments can be seen and felt across our County."

"This is a double tragedy for Terry's family," Donnellan said. "Just six weeks ago, his wife of 34 years, Mary Benedette Pelletter-Holzheimer, died after a long illness."  Terry is survived by his daughter, Francesca, and her husband, Joseph Hammerstrom.

The family has not yet announced funeral arrangements.

A veteran of the department since 1996, Holzheimer previously headed AED’s Business Investment Group, focusing on business retention, recruitment, and economic research. He also was responsible for Arlington’s small business development efforts through AED’s BizLaunch Center. 

Before coming to Arlington, Holzheimer served as Loudoun County’s director of economic development from 1989-96. His career also includes heading a management consulting firm, Development Advisory Service, Inc., that provided services to local governments throughout the country in housing and economic development. Earlier, he worked for the National League of Cities, consulting with city and county governments on redevelopment and rehabilitation programs. 

Holzheimer had a Ph.D. from George Mason University in public policy, with a specialization in regional development. He held a B.A. in economics from the University of Florida. He was a member of American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows and was certified in economic development by the International Economic Development Council. He was a member of the adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech, teaching in Urban Affairs and Planning.

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