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Amazon Web Services Expands Fairfax County, Virginia, Operations Hub

06/09/2017
Amazon Web Services, Inc., an Amazon.com company, will expand its presence with a new East Coast corporate campus at One Dulles Tower in Fairfax County, Virginia. The project could create up to 1,500 new jobs.

AWS offers cloud computing services to businesses, government, and educational organizations, including web hosting, application hosting, storage and backup, content delivery, and scalable database solutions.

“It is a tremendous honor for Amazon Web Services to select Fairfax County and the Commonwealth for its East Coast corporate campus,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “When one of the world’s most successful companies chooses to expand its footprint across Virginia, it is a testament to our talented workforce and business climate."

“Because it was a priority to win this transformational project, we partnered with Virginia’s Major Employment and Investment Project Approval Commission to ensure that AWS chose the Commonwealth. We have a longstanding relationship with Amazon and are proud that the company will continue to play a key role in building the new Virginia economy,” the Governor added.

“With one of the largest technology workforces in the nation, Northern Virginia is an ideal home for Amazon Web Services’ East Coast corporate campus,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore.

“Nearly 7,000 Virginians already are employed by this global leader, and along with Amazon’s new distribution center in Frederick County, the company will be adding more than 2,000 new jobs over the next several years,” he added. “This major win for Virginia is the culmination of teamwork by Fairfax County, Governor McAuliffe, key General Assembly members, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, demonstrating the Commonwealth’s inclusive approach to economic development.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the General Assembly’s Major Employment and Investment (MEI) Project Approval Commission to secure this project for the Commonwealth.

According to state officials, upon the hiring of 600 new employees, Amazon Web Services will be eligible to receive $7,000 per net new job created, up to 1,500 total jobs, through an MEI custom performance grant, approved by the Governor and the MEI Commission, and subject to approval by the General Assembly.

“Amazon Web Services has quickly established a major presence in Fairfax County, and we are proud that the company has chosen to expand here with its East Coast corporate campus,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “Any community would be thrilled to have this employer and this kind of corporate presence, and I am delighted the county’s diversified IT base, workforce and quality of life offer the right mix for the company.”

“Amazon Web Services’ decision to expand its operations in the Dulles Technology Corridor is a testament to the quality business climate and tech-savvy workforce our area provides,” said Senator Jennifer Wexton. “Amazon Web Services has been an outstanding corporate citizen here in Virginia, and we welcome their new operations.”

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