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Amazon, Other Big Business Announcements in Reston and Herndon

by Dave Emke June 9, 2017 at 11:30 am 7 Comments

Amazon Web Services will use the One Dulles Tower (13200 Woodland Park Road, Herndon) as a new East Coast corporate campus, bringing up to 1,500 new jobs to the area.

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority announced the news Thursday. According to the FCEDA:

“The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the General Assembly’s Major Employment and Investment (MEI) Commission to secure this project for Virginia. Upon the hiring of 600 new employees, AWS will be eligible to receive $7,000 per net new job created, up to 1,500 total jobs, through a custom performance state grant approved by the governor and the MEI Commission.”

“Any community would be thrilled to have this employer and this kind of corporate presence,” said Gerald L. Gordon, president and CEO of the FCEDA. “I am delighted the county’s IT base, workforce and quality of life offer the right mix for the company.”

Also Thursday, Ellucian — a global provider of higher education software and services — announced its new corporate headquarters at 2003 Edmund Halley Drive.

“The growth of the greater Reston area is due in no small part to the innovative technology companies that make up our community,” said Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax) during the grand-opening ceremony. “The addition of Ellucian’s headquarters to the Dulles Technology Corridor continues this growth and brings a great value to Reston and the broader economy in Virginia. We welcome Ellucian’s expansion and thank them for their valued partnership.”

In addition, government defense contractor SAIC has announced that it will be moving its headquarters to the building it leases at 12010 Sunset Hills Road. The transition of its home base from McLean to Reston will be effective July 1.

Image at top via OneDullesTower.com; image at bottom courtesy Ellucian

  • Guest

    Amazon Web Services already has a strong presence in NoVa. So why are we subsidizing a wealthy and prosperous company like Amazon to hire more people that they would likely have hired anyway? I guess Jeff Bezos’ greed has no end.

    • Jenny Gibbers

      Thats the trouble with those greeks; they dont realize for 2000 years they no longer top of the food chain. Now its China Russia and the Trump family; maybe some inlaws.

      Better get used to it no sense crying. Unless maybe you want Meso-Americas. Also, update your cook books. Hot dogs are in, souvlaki is out.

    • Bookoo

      …because maybe they wouldn’t have opened the office in the area and thus not need to hire more people in the area.

      • They already have an office in Herndon across from Worldgate. Just moving from Town to County. Plus, the location is still close to the datacenters in Loudoun.

        • 40yearsinreston

          They don’t need to be close to data centers
          They need to be closer to talented software professionals and bandwidth

          They have been here since the telecom boom (1990 – 2007)
          when the infrastructure was built by MCI and others

    • NormVA

      There is competition for these companies. It is how the free enterprise system works. Why wouldn’t Jeff Bezo negotiate the best deal for his company?

  • 40yearsinreston

    i see Ken Plum has awakened from his slumber for a photo op

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