By Jennifer van der Kleut and Jason Spencer
In the wave of new and expanding businesses that Fairfax County enjoyed between April and June, the largest jobs coup came from the addition of the new Amazon Web Services headquarters in Herndon, which is looking to hire 500 new employees for its cloud-computing division.
A few of the other notable additions include:
- Ampcus, a minority- and woman-owned professional services and IT firm in Chantilly, adding 96 jobs;
- Navigant Consulting, a business consulting services company in Tysons Corner, adding 50 jobs; and,
- Headstrong, an IT, research and risk management service provider whose parent company, Genpact, is based in India, adding 12 jobs in Reston.
Time magazine recently called Fairfax County "one of the great economic success stories of our time," according to the county's Economic Development Authority. Business growth and innovation helps this county fund its school system and other public services that contribute to quality of life.
"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," according to a news release.
The Economic Development Authority works to promote Fairfax County as a business and technology hub. It offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand here.
Fairfax County also stands to benefit from the new Silver Line, which is causing Arlington in particular to brace itself for businesses to migrate down the corridor in search of cheaper office space.
In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, the Economic Development Authority maintains marketing offices in Bangalore, Boston, Munich, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv.