Windward Consulting to expand in Fairfax County, create 97 new jobs in IT services sector

Alan Fogg, FCEDA, afogg@fceda.org, +1 703-790-0600 (o) or +1 571-213-5065 (m); ); Michele Darwin (Windward Consulting), michele.darwin@windward.com or +1 214-952-9793   

Company based in the Herndon area has worked with hundreds of clients

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fairfax County, Virginia – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Windward Consulting, an information technology consultancy helping large organizations manage their data centers and networks, will invest $825,000 to expand its headquarters in Fairfax County. The project will also create 97 new jobs.

“Windward Consulting is a growing part of the IT cluster that is the backbone of the Fairfax County economy, and I am delighted to see the company taking advantage of the IT markets and workforce here,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA).

Based in the Herndon area of Fairfax County and in business since 1997, Windward has worked with more than 500 clients around the globe and more than 2,000 projects. With initial roots in the communications service provider sector, Windward has diversified to provide solutions to commercial sectors, such as financial services, and other large enterprises.

“We have found that the caliber of a highly educated workforce, combined with the strength of the economy, have made Fairfax County an excellent location for us,” said Sean McDermott, founder and CEO of Windward Consulting Group. “The close proximity to Washington, D.C., and the continued growth in the Dulles Technology Corridor have been instrumental in our growth over the past 20 years.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership will support Windward Consulting’s new job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. State-funded VJIP provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change to support employee training activities.

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 six important global business centers: Bangalore, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.