Nearly 160 employers announced plans to create more than 9,000 jobs in Fairfax County last year.
Companies in the professional services and information technology sectors dominated 2011 economic development announcements, according to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA).
“The companies adding jobs reflect the technology and professional-services base of the county economy but also reflect the growing diversification of the county’s economic base, the increasingly global nature of the economy here and the strong minority business community, too,” Gerald L. Gordon, president and CEO of the FCEDA, said in a statement.
Of the 159 companies working with FCEDA last year, 120 are U.S.-based.
The most prominent announcement during the year came from Bechtel, a giant engineering, construction and projects management company. It will relocate its global operations headquarters to Fairfax County from Frederick, Md., creating 625 jobs.
In addition, ITT Exelis, a spinoff from ITT Corp. established its corporate headquarters in Fairfax County and is adding 70 jobs.
Other announcements came from recruiting and staffing firm Aerotek, which is adding 967 jobs; defense contractor CACI International, 202 jobs; Hilton Worldwide, 100 jobs; and AppAssure Software, 150 jobs.
Thirty-two foreign-owned firms announced expansions last year, including Blue Ally (India), adding 85 jobs; Securitas (Sweden), 35 jobs; Huawei Technologies (China), 23 jobs; and Ascom Network Testing (Switzerland), 20 jobs. More than 370 foreign-owned companies have operations in Fairfax County.
Seven minority-owned companies announced expansions, including TC Associates,creating 100 jobs, and Novel Applications of Vital Information, adding 60 jobs.
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