News from our Los Angeles office Chooses Fairfax County for first office outside Silicon Valley is a Silicon Valley (Santa Clara) provider of an artificial intelligence advanced analytics platform designed to provide solutions for intelligence and national and corporate security. It is backed by several of the Valley’s best-known venture capitalists. A new office in the Reston area of the county – the company’s first office outside Silicon Valley – will serve as the hub for both the federal marketplace as well as the company’s expansion into corporate security.

Fairfax County has become a cornerstone for emerging technologies such as analytics and AI with its ecosystem and culture of innovation. Other Bay Area names such as Oracle, HP, Juniper, Google, VMWare, HP, and Splunk, also have a substantive presence in Fairfax County.

The FCEDA welcomes Percipient to this growing list and looks forward to a close collaboration for many years to come.

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Parsons Corp moves headquarters to Fairfax County

Parsons Corporation, a privately held technology-focused defense, intelligence, security and infrastructure engineering firm with more than 16,000 employees across 24 countries, recently moved its headquarters from Pasadena to the Centreville area of Fairfax County.

Parsons said the primary driver was to be able to support its sizable workforce in the Washington, D.C., area and to be closer to key customers. Parsons employs nearly 500 in Pasadena and 1,400 in California overall. The firm has about 2,400 employees in the Washington area.

“Parsons, with annual revenue of $3.6 billion, focuses on the defense, intelligence and infrastructure sectors, and its “strategic actions over the past 10 years, including acquisitions, have led to the Washington metropolitan area having Parsons’ largest concentration of employees worldwide,” Parsons CEO Chuck Harrington said.

Other industry leaders that have made similar moves include Northrop Grumman, which moved its headquarters to the Falls Church area of Fairfax County from El Segundo; SAIC, which moved its headquarters from La Jolla to Reston; and Bechtel, which consolidated headquarters operations to Reston from San Francisco and Houston.

The FCEDA remains committed in our support of Parsons and is excited about having the corporate headquarters in Fairfax County. 

SAIC Receives $55 M IT services contract extension from Orange County, CA

Reston-based Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) announced in November that it won a contract extension from Orange County, Ca. to continue providing information technology (IT) managed services and solutions to agencies and departments within the county.

The contract has a base period of 53 months and is valued at $55 million with options for two additional one-year options to extend the contract.

Of the companies on Washington Technology’s Top 100 list of government contractors, 77 are based in Fairfax County or have a presence there thanks to a vibrant business-to-government sector, an unparalleled base of business networks and service providers and a workforce that is rich in government sales, contracting and engineering expertise.

FCEDA attends TechDay LA

FCEDA California Director Mark White attended Los Angeles’ premier start-up event, TechDay LA, on September 26. The one-day exhibition is the city’s biggest expo and conference exclusively for the technology start up community. With about 7,500 attendees and 250 start-ups, the show included an exhibition area, fireside chats, community partnering, accelerator alley, and a live demo stage.

The FCEDA has had a West Coast office since 2006. In April 2011, the office relocated to the Los Angeles area because of the region’s enormous business base. The office serves as a resource for California companies that are interested in expanding to the East Coast and want to identity the ideal location for their future growth.

TechDay provides the FCEDA with a platform to network and meet with many of Southern California’s tech community, industry leaders, new startups and investors.

FCEDA West Coast director Mark White at TechDay.