Fairfax County EDA in 2017 worked with 164 businesses adding 8,200 jobs to the local economy

Alan Fogg, afogg@fceda.org, +1 703-790-0600 (o) or +1 571-213-5065 (m)

Information technology companies lead the way, experiencing countywide growth

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

In 2017, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) worked with 164 companies and organizations that announced the addition of 8,200 jobs to the Fairfax County economy.

Information technology led the way in 2017 job creation, and IT companies announced expansions across the county. The largest single announcement came from Amazon Web Services, which is bringing 1,500 jobs to its east coast campus in Herndon. Other IT firms enjoyed major expansions in 2017, including Favor TechConsulting, bringing 800 jobs to Tysons Corner, IOMAXIS adding 555 jobs in Springfield, CACI International bringing more than 400 jobs to Fairfax, and TEK Systems adding 373 jobs in Merrifield.

“The consistent expansion of jobs that we have seen in the information technology arena is a testament to the number of highly skilled tech professionals in the job force and to Fairfax County’s continuing ability to attract the best and brightest in fields that require specific skills and demand continuing innovation,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA. “It’s also a testament to Fairfax County having the kind of assets such as innovative employers having quality-of-life assets such as great schools and cultural and recreation opportunities that attract IT workers and their families.”

Job expansion happened in other industry sectors too. The Boat Owners Association of the U.S., which announced 375 new jobs coming to Springfield, and Aerotek, a global staffing agency with 200 jobs being added in Fairfax, were among those making significant job announcements.

Of the 164 firms that worked with the FCEDA and announced new jobs, 128 are American companies, including 15 that are minority-, woman- or veteran-owned. Thirty-six of the companies announcing job creation are foreign-owned firms.

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.

Click here for a list of companies that worked with the FCEDA in October, November and December 2017 and are adding 1,707 jobs to the Fairfax County economy.