Decision reflects size, name recognition and effort to build identity of district
Now that the United States Postal Service allows commercial establishments and residences in the 22182 ZIP code to use Tysons Corner and Tysons as well as the long-standing Vienna designation for what is one of the nation’s largest business districts, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) has adopted a Tysons Corner address for its headquarters office.
The new options for mailing addresses are a reflection of the size of Tysons Corner, which has more than 26 million square feet of office space and almost 6 million square feet of retail space. About 110,000 persons work in the area, and 17,000 residents live there. The FCEDA has been located in Tysons Corner for more than 30 years.
The new options also reflect the effort that Fairfax County is making to build the sense of identity for Tysons Corner. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2010 adopted comprehensive plan changes to guide the transformation of Tysons Corner into a walkable, mixed-use urban center. Much of the growth will be concentrated around four Metro stations that are scheduled to open in late 2013. Over time, about 200,000 persons could work in Tysons Corner and about 100,000 could live in the area.
“The Tysons Corner mailing address has gained greater reach and resonance as a business location over the years and we want to capitalize on that,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA. “The option to use Tysons Corner as a formal mailing address also helps the Economic Development Authority market the area as one of the nation’s most dynamic business settings.”
The Postal Service also is allowing commercial establishments and residences in the 22102 ZIP code to use Tysons Corner or Tysons as well as the traditional McLean designation. The Postal Service informed county officials of the changes on March 29, 2011.