Event at Volkswagen Group of America headquarters draws 100 executives
At a business networking event that drew 100 business executives, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe last night spotlighted the county and the state as a successful international business location and the FCEDA’s unique program to attract foreign-owned firms to the county.
Volkswagen Group of America hosted the April 30 event, “Fairfax County: Where International Companies Do Business in the U.S.,” at its headquarters in the Fairfax County community of Herndon. Global bank Citi, the McGladrey accounting services firm and the Williams Mullen law firm also sponsored the event.
In his address, McAuliffe, the 72nd governor of the Commonwealth, highlighted his efforts to attract more international investment in Virginia and diversify the state economy. “I am competing with 49 governors and more than 200 nations for jobs,” he said. “Forbes magazine named Virginia the number one state for business in 2013, and I want that to continue.” He noted the state’s assets for international investment and trade, including Washington Dulles International Airport.
Fairfax County is home to more than 400 foreign-owned firms from 45 countries – more companies than any other jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C. area – and those companies have more than 20,000 employees in the county. Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA, noted the FCEDA’s program to market the county around the world as a business location. That program includes employing representatives in seven other key technology centers – two in the U.S. and five in other countries – to work with companies interested in having a presence in Fairfax County.
“Fairfax County is very fortunate to have these offices to work with companies that come here, create jobs and build the commercial tax base,” Gordon said. He noted that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors uses that tax base to provide high-quality public services to those who live and work in the county.
In addition to Volkswagen, foreign-based companies with a major presence in Fairfax County include Software AG and SAP of Germany; Capgemini of France; QinetiQ, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce of the United Kingdom; Gate Gourmet of Switzerland; Verint and CYREN of Israel; Tata Communications and Newgen Software of India; iDirect of Singapore, NTT Data of Japan and Samsung of South Korea.
Anna Schneider, vice president of Industry-Government Relations for Volkswagen Group of America, spoke at the event. She noted that the company chose Fairfax County in 2007 for its U.S. headquarters because of its skilled workforce, quality of life and better access to its customer base. She called the FCEDA a great partner in establishing a successful headquarters operation and building its presence here.
PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT:
Governor McAuliffe addresses the audience at
the Volkswagen Group of America headquarters in Herndon.
Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America (left), and Anna Schneider, vice president for Industry-GovernmentRelations for Volkswagen Group of America, meet GovernorMcAuliffe as he arrives for the event.
Governor McAuliffe listens as Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA, addresses the crowd.
Governor McAuliffe poses with FCEDA representatives from around the world. From left, Stefan Pommer of the Munich office, Ross Clarke of the London office, FCEDA President and CEO Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., Governor McAuliffe, Yair Ephrati of the Tel Aviv office, Charles Kim of the Seoul office and Satish Naidu of the Bangalore office.
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, Munich, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv.