Reston, VA

In the third quarter of this year, more than a dozen companies in the county brought more than 450 jobs to the county.

Two Information Technology companies based in Herndon added roughly 35 jobs. Learning Tree International, which provides IT training, certification and management courses, is adding 25 jobs. BITS, an IT company that is classified as an Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business, brought 10 jobs to the area.

Ranstand Technologies, which is based in Tysons, topped this list by adding 300 IT jobs in fiscal year 2020.

Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, said most of the companies were highly focused on technology.

“Technology is the backbone of the Fairfax County economy, and we are proud to have companies growing in a wide variety of tech sectors – and throughout many areas of the county too,” Hoskins wrote in a statement. “The diversity of these companies also is keeping Northern Virginia globally competitive.”

Tysons-based companies dominated the list of 14 companies.

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Some of the area’s largest cybersecurity companies are located in Herndon and Reston, according to a ranking by the Washington Business Journal.

Three companies in Reston and Herndon topped WBJ’s list, which ranks the largest cybersecurity companies in the Greater DC area by the number of employees, total revenue last year, and total Metro-area revenue.

More information on the local companies is below:

  • Carahsoft Technology Corp. (Ranked #1): The company, which helps the public sector manage and reduce cybersecurity risks, has 1,282 employees, including 948 in the Metro-area. Last year, the company brought in $5.4 million in total revenue.
  • Iron Bow Technologies LLC (Ranked #2): Located at 2302 Dulles Station Boulevard, the company boasted $1 billion in revenue last year.  It has 680 total employees, 510 of which are based in the Metro-area.
  • ThunderCat Technology LLC (Ranked #3): The company, which is located at 1925 Isaac Newton Square, brought in $503 million last year,  roughly $289 million of which was in the Metro-area. The company has 84 employees.

Overall, 18 of the region’s 25 largest cybersecurity companies are located in Fairfax County.

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A new global performance marketing agency is expanding its US-based operations by opening its fourth global site in Reston.

Sandstorm Digital LLC plans to take up office space at Comstock’s Reston Station. 

The company, which has offices in the Middle East and Europe, is expanding its global footprint to cater to the North American market, company officials wrote in a statement. The location is the company’s first in the United States.

Sandstorm Digital’s clients include Ferrari, Pizza Hut, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Al-Jalila Foundation, FedEx and Sky News.

 “The strategic expansion into the US market marks a new milestone in our growth story. The area has a thriving and innovative tech community and a workforce that is second to none,” wrote Omar Kattan, the company’s global chief strategy officer.

Reston is uniquely positioned to help the country grow in the Dulles Technology Corridor, said Tala Kattan, managing partner of U.S. operations. 

Sandstorm offers digital marketing services, including Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, paid advertising, and content development.

The company will be located at 1900 Reston Metro Plaza, suite 600. 

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Two incoming county board members who won the Democratic nomination launched a policy platform on Tuesday (Oct. 1) to attract and increase technology development in the county.

Walter Alcorn, the Democratic nominee for Hunter Mill District Supervisor, and Rodney Lusk, the Democratic nominee for Lee District Supervisor,  pitched the plan at a public event in Tysons.

In their first year of office, both Democrats say they want to establish a technology accelerator on the historic Richmond Highway Corridor that focuses on creating technology for governments and commercial markets.

They also want to forge partnerships with colleges, universities and governmental research firms to identify emerging technology markets.

By doing so, they hope Fairfax County will become a “test bed” for demonstrating new technologies like last mile delivery systems and self-driving cars.

“Over the years we have done a terrific job of diversifying our economy and ensuring that we remain on the cutting edge of innovation. However, as new technologies continue to emerge at an ever-increasing rate, it’s critical that as a county we not only work to keep pace, but also leverage the economic opportunities created by these developments to address the many needs and challenges that still exist in our region,” Alcorn said.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) lauded the incoming supervisors for their work.

“This is an area that’s new, it’s exciting, and my hope is that through partnering with Walter and Rodney my office can help move this forward,” Warner said.

Both Alcorn and Lusk are running unopposed in the Nov. 5 general election. They expect to release more details on their plans early next year.

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Companies and organizations looking to host events in Northern Virginia have another option for a venue following the opening of a new event center in Herndon.

Trajectory Event Center, which is located at 13665 Dulles Technology Drive, Suite 150, includes meeting spaces for up to 300 people.

The center is designed to host corporate events, training sessions, sales meetings, product launches, receptions, and other events, especially for companies within the Dulles Technology Corridor.

Different packages are available to reserve rooms. Room features include live streaming, duplex video conferencing and polycom phone access.

An open house is set for Wednesday, September 25 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Thursday Morning Notes

Light Shines on ‘Humble Reston Artist’ — “John Charles Koebert of Reston said that when he came home from college in the 1970s, and announced to his parents that he had decided to change his life direction and become an art major, he recalled that they said, “You are making a hard 90 degree turn to nowhere. …You’ll be living with us for the next fifty years.” After college, Koebert embraced his new career teaching art during the day and honing his artistic skills at night.” [The Connection]

ThreatQuotient Banks Millions in Funding — “Reston threat intelligence and security software company ThreatQuotient Inc. has raised $7.86 million in fresh funding — and it aims to double in size in the next year, according to CEO John Czupak.” [Washington Business Journal]

County Companies Top Fastest-Growing Businesses List — “Fairfax County is home to 116 companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 list, which is 37 percent of the 315 companies on the list from the Washington region and more than double the number from any other Washington-area county or city. Fairfax County’s businesses also account for 40 percent of Virginia’s 288 businesses appearing on this year’s list.  [Fairfax County Economic Development Authority]

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Microsoft Corp. is on the hunt for up to 300,000 square feet of office space in Northern Virginia, which could require the company to consolidate offices from two other locations.

The Washington Business Journal reports that the company is working with commercial real estate services firm JLL to find prospects across Northern Virginia. Properties in Reston — including Comstock’s Loudoun and Reston Station projects, Brookfield’s Halley Rise, and Boston Properties’ Reston Gateway.

Currently, Microsoft leases 275,000 square feet at Reston Town Center.

Here’s more from the report:

The search appears to separate from the 332-acre site Microsoft acquired last year in Leesburg for $73 million. The company hasn’t filed development plans for that site yet, but as the WBJ reported in May, the company may have acquired the land at least in part to advance its effort to secure a pair of multi-billion-dollar government contracts. That makes the Leesburg land a more likely play for data center development to service the government cloud computing contracts than for office space of the sort it has at Reston Town Center.

Moving to one of those other development sites might better position Microsoft to bring all of its local employees under one roof.

WBJ also reports that Facebook is also scouting for space in Reston after the social media giant scratched Tysons off its list.

Meanwhile, Google is expected to begin moving its current employee based into Reston Station’s signature office building this summer.

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Two Reston-based companies have secured a $750,000 federal grant to lead the Northern Virginia Smart City Initiative, which aims to bring government, private and nonprofit partners to advance the area’s smart city technology innovation cluster.

Smart City Works, a Reston-based nonprofit business accelerator, and Refraction, a co-working innovation hub that supports startups and high-growth companies, will advance the initiative in order to improve the livability and resilience of cities.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded grants to 26  application from a pool of 183 submission. The Reston companies received the maximum amount of available funding.

Here’s more from the EDA on the initiative:

With the i6 Challenge grant, the Initiative will: 1) accelerate the development and lower the risk profile of companies seeking to provide innovative solutions to infrastructure challenges; 2) grow the number of startups and highly skilled tech talent in the region; (3) accelerate the commercialization of innovative products and 4) strengthen the regional smart city cluster supporting innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization.

Over the three-year grant period, the Northern Virginia Smart Region Initiative will create a stronger innovation cluster that will attract talent and capital to the region, stimulate economic development that benefits the entire community, and help to solve the region’s infrastructure challenges.

More than 45 companies are expected to graduate from the accelerator program, which could launch more than 30 new smart city products. The initiative is expected to generate 90 new jobs.

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Author Tracey Graves Visits Scrawl Books — Graves, who is a New York Times bestselling author, visits the bookstore at 7 p.m. today. She has a new book out called “The Girl He Used to Know.” [Scrawl Books]

Reston-based SyncDog Announces Partnership — The independent software vendor for mobile security and data loss prevention is partnering with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to expand mobile security solutions in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Colombia. [Technical.ly]

Herndon-based Peraton Acquires Solers — The provider of software and technology services will acquire the Arlington-based solutions firm Solers. The purchase is intended to expand the company’s space portfolio for national security and civilian space agency programs. [GovCon Wire]

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FireEye, a publicly-traded cybersecurity company based in Silicon Valley, has acquired a local security company.

The company announced that it has required McLean-based security company Verodin.

A spokesperson for the company wrote the following about the acquisition:

In April, the company announced it was expanding its Reston footprint. Their offices are located at 11955 Freedom Drive… FireEye announced their continued expansion in the Reston area in April and has now taken another step towards establishing its dominance in the growing cyber security industry with the purchase of McLean, VA-based Verodin.  This acquisition will grow FireEye’s footprint in the tech corridor as the region continues to draw top-tier companies.  

Equipped with FireEye’s frontline intelligence, the Verodin platform will measure and test security environments against both known and newly discovered threats, empowering organizations to rapidly adapt their defense.  

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FireEye offers a single platform for organizations struggling to prevent and respond to cyber attacks. Since it was founded in 2004 by Ashar Aziz, the company has filed more than 150 patents for technology related to cyber threat protections.

The company also has offices in Alexandria, where FireEye’s cybersecurity consultants are located. Overall, the company has more than 7,700 clients in 103 countries.

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Cars from Train Near Wiehle-Reston East Detach While Moving — Commuters were appalled Monday night when cars from a train approaching Wiehle-Reston East separated on the track. The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission is now investigating the incident. In a statement, the commission said the first of two cars of a six-car train uncoupled while the train was moving. An investigation is underway.  [Washington Metrorail Safety Commission]

How Reston Became the Place for Tech Expansion — “Sandwiched between major roadways within its close proximity to the nation’s capital, Reston has grown to become a noteworthy technology town in Northern Virginia. Located in an area often dubbed the “Silicon Valley of the East,” Reston continues to see significant growth in the technology sector.” [ICS Blog]

County Responds to Public Record Requests — The volume and complexity of Freedom of Information Act requests continues to increase. Last year, the county received 8,459 FOIA requests, an average of 34 requests per working day. [Fairfax County Government]

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FireEye, a publicly-traded cybersecurity company based in Silicon Valley, has moved into an expanded office in Reston.

The new location at 11955 Freedom Drive in Reston will house the company’s biggest security operations center. More than 300 employees are expected to work at the new site.

Charles Carmakal, the company’s vice president, told Reston Now that FireEye’s new location offers “room for future expansion needs.”

“In line with this, FireEye plans to continue to hire top security professionals for all roles out of Reston, including technology, engineering and consulting,” he said.

FireEye offers a single platform for organizations struggling to prevent and respond to cyber attacks. Since it was founded in 2004 by Ashar Aziz, the company has filed more than 150 patents for technology related to cyber threat protections.

Carmakal also said the company chose Reston to leverage technology security talent present in the Dulles Technology Corridor. The company has had offices in Reston since 2011.

The company also has offices in Alexandria, where FireEye’s cybersecurity consultants are located. Overall, the company has more than 7,700 clients in 103 countries.

Photos via FireEye

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(Updated at 9:15 a.m.) The education technology company Blackboard Inc. announced today (Jan. 2) plans to move its global headquarters from D.C. to Reston this year.

“The new location will combine the company’s existing D.C. and Reston offices into a new modern office in the heart of Northern Virginia’s tech corridor,” according to a press release.

Blackboard, currently headquartered at 1111 19th Street NW, will relocate to the Plaza America complex (11720 Plaza America Drive), where its Reston office is already located, Washington Business Journal reported.

The company’s D.C.-area workforce is currently divided between its D.C. and Reston offices.

“We are excited to bring our Metro D.C. area workforce together into a new global headquarters in the vibrant Northern Virginia tech corridor,” Blackboard Chairman, CEO and President Bill Ballhaus said in the press release.

Ballhaus said that the new office space will offer “convenient access” to dining, shopping and transportation.

“We are delighted that Blackboard chose Fairfax County for its global headquarters and will expand its footprint here,” Catherine Riley, the interim president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, said in a press release.

Riley added that Blackboard’s decision to be based in Northern Virginia’s “technology corridor” is “an additional confirmation of the value of Fairfax County for innovative companies from across the technology spectrum.”

Blackboard joins several other tech companies that have recently decided to move their headquarters to or expand in Reston, including IDEMIA, Refraction and 1901 Group.

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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

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