Linking Continental Europe and U.S. in Innovative Ways

European companies looking abroad need to adjust their radars.

New York and Silicon Valley are saturated, but the nation’s bustling tech hub just outside, Washington D.C., is the strategic alternative. With lower costshighly qualified talent and a convenient location, Fairfax County, Virginia, is attracting more and more European businesses looking to succeed in North America.

With just a six-hour difference, Fairfax County offers easy communication with European home offices. It provides direct links to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, serving more than 50 international destinations, and a central location that’s within easy reach of all major U.S. cities.

Geography aside, Fairfax County is also the affordable alternative, allowing for even more innovation across a variety of fields and disciplines. The information and technology sector rivals that of Silicon Valley with more modest price tags.

More than 100 Continental Europe-based companies are already part of the dynamic and diverse business community, taking advantage of the highly skilled workforce in Fairfax County, which includes Tysons and Reston.

Fairfax County’s business community features 11 Fortune 500 headquarters, leading government contractors, a mix of more than 8,900 technology businesses and headquarters for outstanding companies such as Northrop Grumman, Capital One, Leidos, Mars and Hilton Worldwide.

Along with its strength in government and defense technology, Fairfax County’s diverse ecosystem is evident in cybersecurity, data analytics, smart city applications, financial, communications, and healthcare companies based in the region. It’s also a place for innovation to flourish thanks to a high concentration of skilled talent and universities.

Successful European companies that have already selected Fairfax County as their U.S. home of choice include: SAP, Volkswagen, Airbus, Capgemini, Randstad and IDEMIA.

The FCEDA has maintained a European office in Germany since 2000. Now based in Berlin, the office is a go-to resource for companies interested in expanding into the U.S. market and services companies from across the continent including those from France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Scandinavia, Switzerland and beyond.

The ideal setting for international business success in the U.S.

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Markus van Tilburg

Markus van Tilburg


Rankings & Facts


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of the Forbes “Best Employers for Diversity 2020” call Fairfax County home


different countries represented in the region’s employers


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