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.
FCEDA CEO’s column appears in International Airport Review

In one of his final international projects prior to his retirement from the FCEDA on January 4, Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., prepared a column for the UK-based  International Airport Review .

Gordon outlines reasons why Fairfax County is the place for emerging aeronautic businesses to be in the piece published November 27. “The advantages that Fairfax County offers are clear, with the proximity to major customers such as the Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Federal Government, and access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport,” Gordon writes.
At the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham
A real force-multiplier for the FCEDA is working with local partners. Here, Rut Erdelyi of the Resilience Advisors Network, a pan-EU organization supporting first responders and security professionals, discusses the advantages of setting up a U.S. operation with a Fairfax County base. Those advantages include proximity to key decision makers such as those at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (Photo, FCEDA)
At the Emergency Services Show (September 20, 2018), Ian Metcalf of the FCEDA’s UK office discusses the benefits of Fairfax County as a location for companies working with first responders and security professionals with Rut Erdelyi of the pan-EU Resilience Advisors Network. (Photo FCEDA)
Unique venues in Blackpool and Bristol

Throughout 2018, the FCEDA in the UK conducted a series of road shows focused on “Doing Business in the USA.” The FCEDA worked closely with local chambers of commerce and speakers such as bankers, lawyers and shipping specialists.

The chambers chose the venues at which the FCEDA spoke and some were quite interesting.

In October, the FCEDA spoke at both Blackpool Football Ground and atthe Aerospace Museum in Bristol.
Blackpool’s Football Ground provided fresh turf for the FCEDA to make its “pitch.” Pictured is the football stadium prior to the information session. Though we didn’t quite fill the stands, about 40 representatives from small- and medium-sized enterprises turned out. (Photo, FCEDA)
Beneath the looming Concorde in Bristol: In Bristol, Ian Metcalf, FCEDA’s UK representative, discussed doing business in Fairfax County from under one of the few surviving nose cones of a Concorde supersonic aircraft. (Photo, FCEDA)
FAC Conference

The FCEDA in the UK works very closely with the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC), the trade body for Aerospace primes, SMEs and professionals in southeast England. 

With representatives of the FCEDA in attendance in November, Jeremy Greaves, head of public affairs for Airbus, discussed the impact of BREXIT and current US-UK trade relations to a packed crowd in the 18 th century surroundings of Tylney Hall, Hampshire.

Jeremy Greaves of Airbus speaks to members of the FAC about the status of US-UK trade. (Photo, FCEDA)
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 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.
Global augmented identity 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 is planning a ribbon-cutting event in the spring to celebrate its new space.

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.
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 .

Offices worldwide: 
Bangalore/Mumbai, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul, Tel Aviv

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