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Fairfax County EDA in 2013 worked with 195 businesses adding almost 7,500 jobs to the local economy

In 2013, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) worked with 195 businesses adding 7,490 jobs to the Fairfax County economy. Companies in the professional services and information technology sectors dominated the year’s announcements.

“It speaks volumes about the value of a Fairfax County location to have nearly 200 companies making job announcements in the midst of a sluggish regional, national and international economy,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA. “These companies are taking advantage of our high-quality workforce, location near Washington, D.C., and the quality of life that includes one of the best public school systems anywhere.”

One of the most prominent announcements during the year came from Amazon Web Services, Inc., (AWS) an Amazon.com company. AWS expanded operations in the town of Herndon, bringing 500 jobs to support IT engineering and services for commercial and government customers. Another high-profile announcement came from Cvent, an event management software firm that will relocate and expand its headquarters operation in the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County, creating 400 new jobs and retaining 451 jobs.

Of the 195 companies making job announcements in 2013, 136 are U.S.-based businesses. Announcements in 2013 came from Salient Federal Solutions, which provides information technology and engineering services, adding 530 jobs; FrontPoint Security Solutions, adding 179 jobs; Aerotek, a recruiting and staffing firm, adding 127 jobs; and comScore, an Internet research outfit, adding 75 jobs.

Twenty-four minority-owned or veteran-owned companies are among the U.S.-based expansions. They include TCoombs & Associates, LLC, a minority-owned, service disabled veteran-owned business, adding 100 jobs; Ampcus, a minority- and woman-owned professional services and IT firm, adding 96 jobs; and OBXtek, Inc., a service-disabled-veteran-owned small business providing IT engineering and support, adding 65 jobs.

Thirty-five companies with headquarters or parent companies overseas announced expansions in 2013, including Dimension Data (Japan), adding 85 jobs; Tatum (Netherlands), a professional services firm, adding 30 jobs; and Capgemini Government Solutions (France), adding 20 jobs. More than 400 foreign-owned firms from 42 countries maintain operations in Fairfax County.

Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth and innovation helps Fairfax County fund the nation’s top-rated school system and other public services that contribute to the quality of life of residents. Fairfax County offers businesses a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, a vibrant investment capital community and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.

The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in seven important global business centers: Bangalore, Boston, Munich, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv.

A list of selected announcements for 2013 is on the FCEDA Web site.

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