Guiding you to find success

The FCEDA has access to resources and connections -- and a proven track record of helping companies thrive. When "business as usual" is anything but, we’re here to help you move forward.

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A community of economic strength

36,000 businesses call Fairfax County home. Companies rest assured knowing Fairfax County is one of the best-managed local governments in the U.S. And, Virginia is the best state to do business, according to CNBC.

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A knowledge-based economy that’s here to last

Cybersecurity. Life Sciences. AI. Our economic fabric is strong thanks to innovators across diverse industries from financial powerhouses like Capital One to federal agencies like the CIA.

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Helping you invest wisely

Companies locate here for a reason -- it’s a smart investment. And, Virginia's Small Business New Jobs Program and retraining programs support (and reward) the creation of new jobs.

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Proximity – perfected

Located minutes from D.C., Fairfax County is part of the powerhouse Northern Virginia region that hosts the largest data-center hub and produces more computer science graduates than any other metro area.

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The world relies on our tech

Our IT infrastructure is unparalleled: 70% of the world’s Internet traffic runs through Northern Virginia. Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are two of the 8,900 technology firms located here.

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Fairfax County in 60 SECONDS

The place to be

We have jobs that matter — and places that matter too. From go-go Tysons to small-town Herndon and everything in between, this is a cosmopolitan, vibrant community that is proud of its diversity.

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Innovation lives here: Welcome to Northern Virginia

In Fairfax County, your company gains access to a population where 60% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher and the region's universities train thousands of highly skilled potential employees. But it doesn’t stop there. The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is aggressively marketing our region’s companies to top talent across the nation, from New York to San Francisco. Whether it's virtual career fairs, digital advertising or media relations, we offer the tools, tactics and messaging your company needs to land talent. And at no cost to you. See what talent sees on our site for living and working. Visit


September 17, 2020

Tysons vision at 10 years: Q&A with Sol Glasner of the Tysons Partnership

[caption id="attachment_12035" align="aligncenter" width="750"] The Tysons skyline. (Photo courtesy of John Lee)[/caption] Created with the mission of “Building America’s Next Great City,” the Tysons Partnership is a group of Tysons stakeholders working together to guide…

September 15, 2020

Fairfax County E-Bird newsletter for September 15, 2020

Pivot in tandem: Tandem Product Academy is recruiting 20 technology businesses in Northern Virginia to go through a free series of classes and one-on-one mentoring to help pivot their business models to address new opportunities.…

September 10, 2020

FCEDA global operations pivot to virtual during pandemic; 2 Fairfax County companies accepted to Virginia export program

With six satellite offices located in important tech centers around the world, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) immediately pivoted its mode of global communications when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March. With air…

September 8, 2020

Fairfax County E-Bird newsletter for September 8, 2020

Livability counts: As tech workers consider relocating from more expensive hubs such as Silicon Valley and New York City, Northern Virginia is stepping up as a welcoming, livable alternative. More than 15,600 technology companies call…

September 3, 2020

FCEDA to host Talent Workshop, demo website to help Northern Virginia employers attract talent

On September 15 the FCEDA will present a virtual workshop to unveil new national research about talent, discuss resources available to employers that want help in attracting talent -- and showcase a new website that…

September 1, 2020

Fairfax County E-Bird newsletter for September 1, 2020

Topping the charts: Fourteen Fairfax County-area employers placed in “Forbes America’s Best Employers by State 2020” in Virginia -- as judged by employees themselves. The local employers: no. 10: Capital One (Tysons); no. 13: Navy…

August 31, 2020

National ‘Best for Vets’ employers list includes 14 Fairfax County-based firms

Fourteen Fairfax County-based companies ranked on Military Times’ 2020 “Best for Vets: Employers” list, an annual ranking of the nation's best employers and organizations with military-connected employment programs, benefits and support efforts. “I am very…

August 26, 2020

FCEDA forum spotlights access to capital for minority-owned businesses

Minority entrepreneurs face challenges in accessing capital to start, grow and sustain businesses, and that problem has worsened during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) and…

August 25, 2020

Fairfax County E-Bird newsletter for August 25, 2020

Best for Vets: Military Times unveiled its annual “Best for Vets: Employers” rankings for 2020, offering a comprehensive look at how in recent years companies nationwide have greatly expanded their support to recruit and retain…

August 18, 2020

Upcoming virtual events: Access to capital for minority-owned businesses; HQ2 subcontracting opportunities

Tomorrow! Prominent D.C.-area minority business leaders and Virginia Sen. Mark R. Warner will be featured in a Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) virtual forum, “Access to Capital for Minority-Owned Businesses” on Friday, August 21,…


Forefront 2020

Date: September 22

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Forefront brings together leading capital sources and industry changemakers working with some of the country’s most innovative startups and who are committed to advancing efforts that build inclusive and diverse entrepreneurial ecosystems.

WALA Creative Entrepreneurs Series: Business Entities Formation

Date: September 22

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Join the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts for this session of the Creative Entrepreneurs Series. This session will feature guest speaker Cynthia Gayton who will be discussing the topic of Business Entities Formation.

TiE DC Diversity: Together, We Strive

Date: September 22

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Inspired by the recent voice, protests and discussions of racism, TiE DC wants to be an active change agent in facilitating the education of and promoting change amongst our business startup community. Please join us for an insightful discussion with successful business leaders from our Black Community as they share their experiences and guide us all through these unprecedented times.

National Small Business Week Virtual Conference: Pride in America’s Small Businesses

Date: September 22

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Join the U.S Small Business Administration for the opening ceremony of National Small Business Week 2020 and presentation of the National Small Business Award Winners, including the National Small Business Person of the Year.

Quick and Easy Tips for Speaking in the Virtual World

Date: September 23

Time: 8:30am to 9:30am

The pandemic of 2020 has thrown us into a virtual world ruled by a myriad of challenges for which we were never prepared. Maybe you’ve been speaking in person for quite some time and doing well. How hard can it be to transfer your speaking to the virtual world? It can be very hard. The virtual world puts a number of restrictions on your speaking and also provides a number of advantages. In this talk, Frank DiBartolomeo will describe the various virtual communication methods (they’re not all video platforms), describe the pros and cons of virtual communication, and provide numerous, practical, and immediately usable tips to enhance your virtual presentations. It is challenging enough to speak in person. However, when your speaking is in the virtual world, it behooves you to think of ways to stand out in your virtual event!

National Small Business Week Virtual Conference: Preparing for a Stronger Tomorrow: Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation

Date: September 23

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Join the U.S Small Business Administration for a variety of educational presentation and panel discussions that help both new and existing businesses to recover, adapt, and innovate in this challenging time.  Attend this free, online conference to meet the U.S SBA's 2020 Small Business winners from across the country, learn new business strategies, meet other businesses owners, and talk with industry experts.