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Randstad Technology leads 14 companies adding more than 450 jobs to Fairfax County economy

In the third quarter of 2019, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) worked with 14 companies and organizations that announced the addition of more than 450 jobs to the Fairfax County economy.

The largest announcement came from Randstad North America, an IT recruiting and staffing firm whose parent company is based in the Netherlands.

“Randstad Technologies, one of the world’s largest IT solutions providers and a long-time partner to the FCEDA, plans to add 300 IT jobs in fiscal year 2020,” said Dale Van Wagner, Randstad’s director of sales for the Washington, D.C., market. He noted that Randstad has been in the Tysons area of Fairfax County for more than 30 years.

Other announcements during the quarter:

  • Chenega MIOS, and IT services firm in the Chantilly area, is adding 25 jobs.
  • INADEV, an IT services firm in Tysons, is adding 25 jobs.
  • Learning Tree International, which provides IT training, certification and management courses and is based in the Herndon area, is adding 25 jobs.
  • Bode Cellmark Forensics, which is based in the Lorton area and serves the law enforcement and identification markets with human DNA analysis and DNA collection products, is adding 16 jobs.
  • Global Guardian, which is based in Tysons and developed a global security platform that provides protection for people, infrastructure and communications, is adding 15 jobs.

Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the FCEDA, noted the technology focus of the companies.

“Technology is the backbone of the Fairfax County economy, and we are proud to have companies growing in a wide variety of tech sectors – and throughout many areas of the county too,” Hoskins said. “The diversity of these companies also is keeping Northern Virginia globally competitive.”

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.

Ten localities form economic development alliance

Ten jurisdictions from Northern Virginia have come together to announce the formation of the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance (NOVA EDA). Through the alliance, the localities will jointly market and promote Northern Virginia outside the region.

The Alliance is comprised of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Arlington County, City of Fairfax, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, City of Falls Church, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park, and Prince William County Department of Economic Development.

In recent years, localities in Northern Virginia occasionally have banded together on projects or marketing missions when an opportunity arose. In 2017, when Amazon released a request for proposals for its second headquarters, the company strongly encouraged a regional response, a move that inspired four Northern Virginia jurisdictions and the Commonwealth of Virginia to come together to bid on the project jointly.

Through the proposal process, the four jurisdictions, together with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), created the first Northern Virginia regional brand – “Innovation Lives Here” – that included collateral, a website, and a wealth of information that highlighted the strength of the region.

The regional pitch to Amazon resulted in Northern Virginia winning the biggest economic development project in modern history. It also bolstered the case for creation of a Northern Virginia regional economic development effort that will coordinate closely with the state, said FCEDA President and CEO Victor Hoskins, who was part of the leadership that secured the Amazon headquarters for Northern Virginia.

“Placemaking” is enhancing Fairfax County’s for companies, employees and residents

The landscape around Fairfax County continues to change, with many of the development projects underway focused on a walkable, urban mix of office, residential and retail spaces close to a Metro station. The Washington Business Journal recently listed the top 25 construction projects in the Washington area as estimated by 2019 project cost, and six of the 25 projects are in Fairfax County.

Five of the six are located at a Metro stop, and there is a lot of emphasis on many aspects of placemaking. There is also a laser focus on amenities that will attract companies, employees, residents, shoppers and visitors — and enhance the county’s reputation as a great place to work, live, play and learn. This is what urban planners call “placemaking.”