Professional services company ICF International plans to open an operations center in Henry County, creating 539 jobs.
ICF, based in Fairfax, will spend $15 million to open the business process management center in the Patriot Centre Industrial Park. Virginia competed against Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee and West Virginia for the project.
ICF, which has 3,700 employees, provides professional and technology services to government and commercial clients around the world.
“As a professional services firm, ICF International maintains its global headquarters here, which offers the best combination of a robust economy, a pro-business climate, a high-quality workforce, and an outstanding quality of life for ICF employees,” ICF Chairman and CEO Sudhakar Kesavan said in a statement. “We are pleased to open this new operations center in Henry County and to build our workforce from local residents.”
Gov. Bob McDonnell approved a $500,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to help Henry with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $2.1 million in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project.
The news is welcome for Henry, which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. The county’s unemployment rate was 11.6 percent in February.