Amazon expands to Northern Virginia

The web services giant is bringing 1,500 new jobs

HERNDON, Va. - "Economic development is one part reality and one part perception," said Gerald Gordon, President and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.
 
According to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, that perception is now a reality.
 
Fairfax County is home to eight Fortune 500 company headquarters, and now, a new addition makes the cut.
 
"Amazon Web Services brought its headquartered operation here four or five years ago and has been growing and getting additional customers. They are promising to grow in a big way,” said Gordon.
 
Some residents feel Fairfax County is growing too quickly, however, others beg to differ.
 
"Northern Virginia can handle the size of large companies,” said Mohammed Safiani.
 
In April, the Washington Business Journal reported that Amazon Web Services' expansion would be coming to the area and noted that the move would come four years after Amazon expanded to a nearby building.
 
Gordon said there is a lot of excitement regarding the long awaited campus and its opportunities. 
 
"It's almost like the first day of school. You are trying to figure out where you are going to be, who you are going to sit next to, and what you will be working. And that kind of growth in a company is always very exciting internally,” said Gordon. 
 
Going forward, the company will receive $7,000 per new job created, and that's good news for entire state.
 
Virginia competed against Texas and Washington State for the project.
 
Gordon said that, at this point, Amazon is starting to work out space arrangements and is looking to hire employees for their new location.

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