MARCH 2019
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) promotes Fairfax County, Virginia, as one of the world's best business locations, and our offices around the globe work with businesses interested in expanding in the U.S. market. We are delighted to have this opportunity to tell you about some of our recent work at our Tysons headquarters and our satellite offices to help companies.
Global augmented identity ID firm IDEMIA moves North American HQ to Fairfax County

IDEMIA, based in Paris, announced on December 19 that it will relocate its North American headquarters to Reston in Fairfax County from Billerica, Mass., outside of Boston. 

The company, a trusted partner to U.S. government agencies for more than 50 years, is a leading innovator in biometric technology and solutions used by states and many federal agencies, including the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security.

IDEMIA, which will create 90 new jobs in its Fairfax County location, provides 80 percent of all U.S. driver’s licenses and ID-issuance solutions for 37 of 50 U.S. states. 
FCEDA at THE Hague during Security Week 2018

Markus van Tilburg from the FCEDA Europe Office participated at the Cyber Security Week 2018 from Oct. 3-5.

FCEDA partner The Hague Security Delta organized the event which was attended by 4,400 participants from more than 70 countries and took place the same week as the Europol - INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference.

Held at multiple locations in The Hague, the events provided an opportunity to meet key players, discuss the latest developments, share knowledge and to pitch the FCEDA’s value proposition to target companies. FCEDA’s Europe office organized two days of meetings with promising cybersecurity candidates to discuss possible strategies for market entry to the U.S.
FCEDA participates at IT-SA Nürnberg 

The FCEDA Europe team held several meetings with companies at the IT-SA in Nürnberg. 

With more than 14,000 visitors, the event is Europe’s largest expo for IT security. Since 2009, companies with expertise in cloud computing, mobile, cybersecurity, data and network security have attended the exhibition, which offers a unique platform for C-Level experts and IT security officers from industry, services, andadministration to meet developers and providers of products and services for IT security.

The 2018 meetings offered space in three halls for 700 exhibitors from 27 countries to present their latest security solutions. The show also provided an opportunity to follow up with the latestEuropean investors in Fairfax County, including EclecticIQ, which operates its North American headquarters in the Fairfax area of the county.
The IT-SA show drew more than 14,000 visitors to Nürnberg and the FCEDA was there to meet with tech companies interested in expanding to the U.S. (Photos Markus van Tilburg, FCEDA)
FCEDA hosts US2Europe trade meeting

On February 21, the FCEDA hosted a roundtable discussion and video conference about doing business in Europe and being prepared for any Brexit scenario. The event, held at FCEDA headquarters in Tysons, Va., was initiated by the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce’s International Business Committee in collaboration with US2Europe.

US2Europe is, a platform of U.S. and European service specialists based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Its objective is to facilitate trade in Europe for U.S. exporters by focusing on issues such as trade, tax and legal, logistics and compliance.

Peter Sanders, managing partner PSPS Consultants and founder of US2Europe, moderated the program, which included an insightful presentation by Stan de Caluwe, senior manager Supply Chain Solutions for the Holland International Distribution Council.
Spaces finds its space in Fairfax County

Amsterdam-based Spaces, which provides shared office space solutions to entrepreneurs and companies looking for both short-term and long-term solutions opened its new location in the Reston area of Fairfax County in December.

Spaces, an IWG company, has more than 3,000 locations globally, including several in the Washington, D.C., area. The Reston location, situated near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, offers 42,000 square feet of contemporary design with 364 co-working desks.
Business is booming in Fairfax County

The FCEDA reported that it worked with 142 companies, leading to the creation of nearly 8,900 new jobs in the county in 2018. Of those 142 firms, 43 hail from countries outside the U.S.

 “The 2018 announcements reflect Fairfax County’s growing economic diversity, its skilled workforce, and the availability of prime office and tech space that is attractive to major corporations,” said Catherine Riley, interim president of the FCEDA. “Companies have many choices on where to locate and expand, and we are proud that so many firms chose Fairfax County as a base from which to grow and succeed.”

On November 13, Amazon announced that a northern Virginia site would become a destination for its second headquarters (HQ2). That decision will ultimately create tens of thousands of jobs and billions ofdollars of investment in the Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia region.

Having HQ2 in northern Virginia is expected to bring important jobs, business diversity and innovation to Fairfax County. Importantly, it will serve to attract global companies that wish to work with Amazon and create opportunities to build partnerships.  Proximity tothe federal government and Washington Dulles International Airport as well as an exceptional talent base from which to draw continue to be other factors for major companies to select Fairfax County and the northern Virginia region.

Latest numbers place the number of foreign-owned companies in the county at 437, including 64 from the U.K., 64 from Korea, 34 from Israel and 30 from India. European firms with German, French and Dutch ownership account for 74 more firms.
Sign of the times: Construction cranes loom over the Tysons Corner, Virginia skyline where high-rise, multi-use projects are creating more jobs and more opportunities for a variety of companies (Photo, FCEDA)
FCEDA joins in celebration of United’s nonstop service between Dulles and Tel Aviv

More than 200 members of the Washington-area air travel and business communities turned out in Tysons on February 21 to celebrate United Airlines’ upcoming nonstop service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. 

“Our organization is very excited with the conclusion of a project that started about 10 years ago,” said Jan Mul, international marketing director of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), which collaborated with United Airlines and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) in organizing the gala. “From an economic development perspective, I cannot stress enough the importance of Dulles International Airport in our region.
“It is not for nothing that companies such as Amazon, Volkswagen, Hilton and many more have selected this region as home for their headquarters. When you read about the rationale for their decision, you hear [about] the high-qualify workforce, diversity and the proximity to an international airport.”

Dulles International sits at the western edge of Fairfax County, about 25 miles from Washington, D.C.  The airport serves as a hub for United Airlines, which will begin its Dulles-to-Tel Aviv service on May 22.

Jack Potter, president and CEO of MWAA, and Steve Morrissey, United’s vice president of international regulatory and policy, agreed that they’d like nothing more than to see the service, which will initially operate three times a week, expand to daily service in short order.

“The Washington-Tel Aviv air travel market has grown by more than 40 percent in the past five years, showing clear demand for this important route,” Potter said.

“I am very excited for the direct flights,” said Yifat Alon-Perel, minister for economic and trade affairs at the Israeli Embassy. “I think it will be wonderful for the business community. I foresee more and more Israeli companies coming to this area and, hopefully, more American businessmen from the Fairfax County area engaging with Israel.”
Among those attending the February 21 United Airlines gala at the Hyatt in Tysons, Virginia were (l tor) Yil Surehan, vice president, business development for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA); Steve Morrissey, United Airlines vice president, regulatory and policy; Yifat Alon-Perel, minister for economic and trade affairs, Embassy of Israel; Jan Mul, international marketing director, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA); Jack Potter, president and CEO of the MWAA.  (Photo, MWAA).
KPMG makes major commitment to Fairfax County

KPMG LLP is headquartered globally in Amstelveen, Netherlands, but it’s growing by leaps and bounds in Fairfax County.

The company, one of the world’s largest professional services firms, recently announced it will invest more than $30 million to expand its Tysons Corner operations in Fairfax County with a project that will create more than 500 new jobs.

KPMG will occupy up to seven floors of the 20-story Boro Tower which is nearing completion. 

“We’re committed to Fairfax County and are excited about the growth that we’re seeing here in world-class innovation and leading-edge technology – two areas that align with our own core services and strategic approach” said Jerry Carlson, who oversees KPMG professionals in the Washington Metro area. KPMG, which specializes in financial, tax and advisory services, has more than 200,000 worldwide employees and will have close to 2,000 in Fairfax County.
Find FCEDA on Instagram!

As part of the larger mission of promoting Fairfax County as one of the world’s best business locations, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) has launched an Instagram account, adding this platform to its social media portfolio. 

The FCEDA Instagram account ( ) will provide updates and information on Fairfax County business news, announcements along with facts and statistics highlighting the Fairfax County economy.  

The FCEDA can also be found on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) 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. 

Want to know more about the services of the FCEDA, or how economic development helps Fairfax County? Visit the  FCEDA  website or e-mail us at .

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Fairfax County: "One of the great economic success stories of our time" -- Time magazine

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority - Headquarters
8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 450
Tysons, Virginia 22182
Telephone: +1 703-790-0600
Fax: +1 703-893-1269