Google becomes latest global technology giant to expand presence in Northern Virginia

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

Company expands presence in Reston area of Fairfax County

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Fairfax County, Virginia – Google, the global technology and media giant, announced this week that it will expand its presence in Fairfax County, becoming the anchor tenant at the Reston Station office building at 1900 Reston Metro Plaza.

“Google’s decision to increase its investment in Fairfax County illustrates the role that innovative technology plays in our economy and the importance of a skilled workforce in attracting global technology companies,” said Catherine W. Riley, interim president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.

“We thank Google’s leadership and look forward to collaborating with the company further.”

Google will occupy the top floors of the distinctive 16-story tower that overlooks the Dulles Toll Road and Wiehle-Reston East Metro station. The company expects to be in its new home this summer.

“Google first opened a small office in Reston back in 2005 and we’ve since grown to close to 200 employees, working on major projects across engineering, sales and more,” said Liz Schwab, head of external affairs for Google in Virginia, in a release. “We’re confident that Reston Station will be a great new home for us and will provide room for future growth. We’re proud to call Reston home.”

Google’s decision comes five months after the announcement by another tech giant, Amazon, that it will locate a second headquarters elsewhere in Northern Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia is increasing its tech talent pipeline programs to build the workforce that technology companies need to grow.

“We are most thankful for the opportunity to be home to an industry leader like Google,” said Tim Steffan, executive vice president of Comstock, developer of Reston Station. “We had the opportunity to discuss with Google our vision for the Reston Station neighborhood – what it is today and what the future holds – and are very happy that our ideas intersect.”

Google will join office tenant Spaces, and restaurants Founding Farmers, Matchbox, Starbucks and Sweet Leaf in the Reston Station neighborhood.

Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth and innovation help 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.

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