Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) plans to establish an office in the Herndon area of Fairfax County to support growth of its public sector and cloud computing work, creating 500 new jobs.
AWS designs and offers cloud computing services to businesses, government and educational organizations.
“Amazon Web Services is a perfect example of a company that can take full advantage of the highly skilled work force and technology community that Fairfax County offers,” Gerald L. Gordon, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), said in a statement. “The company will be able to provide its cloud-based services to a wide variety of clients.”
Gov. Bob McDonnell approved a $500,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to help Fairfax County with the project.
The announcement marks Amazon.com’s third major investment in Virginia. Last year, the online retailer opened warehouse and shipping centers in Dinwiddie and Chesterfield counties.