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.
United we stand

More than 200 members of the Washington-area air travel and business communities turned out in Tysons business district of Fairfax County 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 hotel 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 courtesy of MWAA).
Cyber conferences take spotlight

In November, the FCEDA team sponsored the fifth Israel HLS & Cyber International Conference and Exhibition, also held in Tel Aviv.
That event showcased Israel’s unique security and cyber defense capabilities for more than 5,000 attendees from more than 80 countries. Hundreds of Israeli companies were among the participants.

Yair Ephrati, the FCEDA’s Israel director, moderated a panel on Fin Tech Cybersecurity challenges. The FCEDA team met with a significant number of companies working in the fields of homeland security and cybersecurity, many of which expressed an interest in expanding to Fairfax county, a recognized hub for homeland security and cybersecurity industries in the U.S.

The FCEDA was represented at the Cybertech Tel Aviv Conference & Exhibition, January 28-30. The sixth annual Cybertech TLV is the largest event of its kind outside the United States and is considered a prime meeting place for cyber-industry leaders, academics and technology experts to show and share their innovations.
Israeli firms growing in Fairfax County

Several recent announcements have demonstrated Israeli firms’ commitment to and success in Fairfax County. Among them:
Green Vision Systems , an Israel-based company with U.S. Headquarters in the Reston area of Fairfax County, and Davis Paige Management Systems LLC, a Fairfax County veteran-owned company, signed a teaming agreement to facilitate a joint solution toward detecting bio-chemical threats. With active support from the Fairfax County EDA team, GVS and Davis Paige are collaborating with Beth-El Industries, an Israeli company, to provide an integrated solution to handle biochemical threat detection, force protection, and facility management. The joint solution will be deployed to address future and current demands for U.S. agencies including the DoD, DoJ, and DHS.
Israeli cloud security company Avanan, with an office in the Reston area of Fairfax County, announced on December 17 that it hadclosed a $25 million financing round.  The company has raised $41 million since 2014. Avanan'stechnology allows companies to operate existing data security systems on a cloud, even though their systems may have been designedfor use on physical servers.  Fairfax County’s innovation ecosystem enables hundreds of companies in the areawith cybersecurity, cloud, and data center technology to quickly grow their business and leverage the proximity to large federal government agencies.  
Cyren, a leader in cloud security, with U.S. headquarters in the Tysons area of Fairfax County, announced in September that its Cyren Web Security platform won the "Overall Secure Web Gateway Solution of the Year" award, from Cybersecurity Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes top companies, technologies and products in the global information security market.With powerful policy and reporting capabilities, Cyren Web Security protects employees from advanced malware, ransomware andphishing on all devices with real-time visibility. This was the second year in a row that the Cyren platform won this award.
On hand for announcements in Fairfax County were (left to right) Asher Kotz, FCEDA, manager, Israel and cybersecurity, Michael Davis, Avanan CEO, Dr. Gerald L. Gordon, former president and CEO of the FCEDA, Danny Moshe, CEO, Green Vision Systems, Karen Smaw, the FCEDA’s director of business diversity. (Photo, FCEDA)
FCEDA in action

Yair Ephrati, Fairfax County Israel director, and the CEO of Value Base M&A, attended the December 17 America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Gala. Hundreds of member companies and organizations also attended, marking a strong year for the nations’ business ties and strategic initiatives.

On October 15, Bar Shamrich, from the Israei team attended the AUS&R conference in Rishon-Lezion, Israel. The conference hosted Israel’s leading figures from the military, security forces anddefense industries and included live demonstrations of unmannedautonomous systems and a massive exhibition by industry vendors. Shamrich met with several UAV companies with an interest in expanding to the U.S. market and presented the value proposition of Fairfax County and the EDA’s services.
Among those attending the annual America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Gala were (L to R) U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Jim Andrew, vice president, Pepsico, Daniel Birenbiom, CEO SodaStream, Yair Ephrati, Israel Director, FCEDA. (Photo, FCEDA)
Members of the FECDA Israel team (L to R) Bar Shamrich, Yair Ephrati, Asher Kotz, Nadav Zohar. (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, Virginia skyline where high-rise, multi-use projects are creating more jobs and more opportunities for a variety of companies (Photo, FCEDA)
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. 

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