Fairfax County EDA works with 21 firms adding more than 800 jobs to local economy

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

The St. James, Bechtel, MAG Aerospace showcase economic diversity

Thursday, November 8, 2018

In the third quarter of 2018, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) worked with 21 businesses that announced the addition of 841 jobs to the Fairfax County economy.

Major announcements came from a wide variety of businesses.

The St. James, an indoor sports, wellness and entertainment venue in Springfield, opened its doors with 300 employees.

“The Washington region and Fairfax County in particular were really a fantastic place for us to develop the very first St. James,” said Kendrick Ashton, the company’s co-founder and co-CEO. “As everyone knows, Fairfax County is one of the most dynamic, high-growth, high-impact counties in all of the United States. The scale, density, economic vitality of the county, along with the quality of engagement that citizens have with sports – being generally active – makes this an incredible place to start a business like the St. James.”

Bechtel, one of the world’s leading engineering and construction firms, announced consolidation of its company headquarters in Reston, adding 150 jobs in the process.

“Since relocating our global operational headquarters to Reston in 2011, we have enjoyed immense support from the business community of Fairfax County and the Commonwealth,” said Bechtel CEO Bill Dudley. “Reston has proven to be an ideal location for Bechtel. Conveniently situated between two airports, it facilitates international and domestic travel, which is key to our business, provides access to a highly skilled workforce, and offers an enjoyable work/life environment for our employees.” 

MAG Aerospace also moved facilities to Fairfax County, bringing 120 new jobs in the aerospace and defense industry.

“Fairfax County provides an essential proximity to customers, along with the dedicated and talented workforce to serve those customers,” said Joe Fluet, MAG CEO. “Making Fairfax our new home allows MAG to focus further on its growth and vision of making the world smaller and safer. We're proud to call Fairfax County our home for years to come.”

“The wide range of company expansions and new jobs announced during the quarter highlights the diversity of our economic base,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “It’s also a testament to the diverse talents of the highly-skilled individuals we have available to fill positions at these companies.”

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 to see a list of companies that worked with the FCEDA in July, August and September of 2018 and made location or expansion announcements.