The Power of Ideas drives the success of Fairfax County’s $120 billion economy. Fairfax County’s business community is at the forefront of one of the strongest economies in the world. Along with its well-known strengths in government and defense technology, the county has large and growing numbers of commercial IT, financial, software, communications and technology management service providers. This attracts a large number of growing, successful minority and woman-owned businesses.
Time magazine called Fairfax County "one the great economic success stories of our time." Companies come to Fairfax County for its ideal mid-Atlantic location, proximity to the federal government in neighboring Washington, D.C., well-educated workforce and the high quality of life that attracts the best and brightest. Fairfax County is a highly desirable business location for companies of all industries and sizes. An attractive international business location, Fairfax County has more than 400 foreign-owned firms, as well as 10 Fortune 500 companies. However, the vast majority of the county’s business establishments are small and locally owned.