Fairfax County Information technology firms continue to do well in a sluggish economy, according to a new report from the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA). During the second quarter of 2012, the FCEDA provided services and resources to 33 businesses that are adding almost 800 jobs in Fairfax County.
Most of these businesses are in the information technology and professional services sectors and four are foreign-based firms using a Fairfax County location to expand in North America.
One of the most prominent announcements during the quarter came from Engility, a government services company that established its headquarters in the Chantilly area of Fairfax County after spinning off from L-3 Communications. Engility will add 50 jobs in addition to its current workforce of 300. Another announcement came from Kaztronix, a staffing company that specializes in the health care, scientific technology and telecommunications sectors and is creating 57 jobs in the Tysons Corner area of the county.
"We can attribute our success in Fairfax County to multiple factors," said Michael Kasmir, co-founder and president of Kaztronix. "First and foremost, Fairfax County has a high density of evolving technology companies seeking the best and brightest talent, which the county's proximity to major universities makes easily identifiable … From a recruiting perspective, qualified job candidates have no problem relocating to Fairfax County, given its reputation as a desirable place to live."
"While much of the country and the world is suffering from a weak economy, the FCEDA continues to work with a wide variety of companies that are creating jobs, diversifying Fairfax County’s economic base and contributing to the local tax base," said Gerald L. Gordon, president and CEO of the FCEDA.