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American Institutes for Research Relocates Operations to Arlington County, Virginia

11/17/2017
American Institutes for Research, one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations, will invest $12.5 million to relocate its major operations from Washington, D.C. to Arlington County, Virginia. The project will create 320 new jobs.

“Arlington is an ideal fit for AIR due to its proximity to our Federal Government clients as well as the access, amenities and convenience it provides our staff. We are looking forward to being a part of this vibrant, growing business community,” said David Myers, AIR President and Chief Executive Officer.

As an incentive, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Arlington County to secure the project. Governor McAuliffe approved a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the county with the project.

“We are honored to welcome the American Institutes for Research to Arlington County and the commonwealth’s growing corporate roster,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “Virginia’s pro-business climate, strategic East Coast location, and talented workforce have attracted business sectors from around the globe. Securing nonprofit partners of AIR’s caliber has been central to our mission to diversify and build the new Virginia economy. Arlington County’s close proximity to many of the nation’s leading colleges and universities will provide access to a pipeline of top talent, and I’m confident AIR will thrive in Virginia.”

“We are thrilled to add the American Institutes for Research to Virginia's roster, and look forward to a successful partnership,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore.

“More than 70 percent of adults in Arlington County have bachelor’s degrees, and over 25 percent of its residents are equipped with advanced degrees, providing fertile ground for AIR’s continued growth. Winning this important project demonstrates the commonwealth’s competitive advantages, and Virginia is committed to maintaining its history of excellence in the 21st century,” he added.

“AIR’s goal is truly to make the world a better place by conducting and applying research to enhance our lives,” said Jay Fisette, Chair of the Arlington County Board. “The company needs a community that has an educated, intelligent workforce, and that’s exactly what we can provide here in Arlington. We look forward to welcoming AIR as a partner in our business community and wholly support the company’s efforts to assist others in helping to create a better world in which to live.”

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