Business News from the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority – October 27

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority Talk of Tysons

NetApp Opens New U.S. Public Sector Headquarters in Tysons

Global cloud-led, data centric software company, NetApp celebrated the grand opening of its new U.S. Public Sector headquarters in the Boro Tower in Tysons on October 18, 2023. NetApp chose to keep its U.S. Public Sector headquarters in Fairfax County, moving into a new, 24,000 square-feet office space. With more than 12,000 employees world-wide, San Jose, California-based NetApp was founded in 1992, with the Fairfax County-based U.S. Public Sector offices opening in 2000.

“We have been in Fairfax County for many years, and we chose it as the headquarters of our U.S. Public Sector organization for about four reasons,” said NetApp’s CEO George Kurian. “The first is talent. It has a large talent pool, both in the private sector as well as, veterans and other public sector employees who form an important part of NetApp workforce. About 12 percent of our workforce are veterans, and we love having that deep talent pool. Second is there is a technology cluster here. So, many of our partner companies work here, operate here, and so it makes doing joint work with them easier. The third, of course, it that it is well-situated geographically with access to both public sector organizations in Washington, D.C., as well as state and local government organizations here. And then the last is, that it is a great place to do business and a great place to live for our employees. So, we are excited to be here. We’re really excited at our new office opening and look forward to many years of productive years here ahead.”

The President of NetApp U.S. Public Sector Michelle Rudnicki added:

“This is a great location for us because of not only access to our customers but the great talent pool that we have in this area. Being a public sector business, we serve the federal government as well as people across the country. But this really is our center of gravity. We have great access to downtown D.C., which is the headquarters for most of the federal agencies. And Fairfax County hosts most of the large systems integrators that work with federal government. So, we have easy access to them,” Rudnicki continued. “Northern Virginia really forms a great ecosystem for us of reseller partners, as well as systems integrator partners and other technology partners where we can really come together, work with our government customers to help them serve their mission.”

A live-work-play development in the heart of Fairfax County, the Boro is located just steps from the Greensboro Metrorail Station along the Silver Line, and just minutes away from the Dulles International Airport. Speaking at the grand opening event, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay said:

“It is great to be here with NetApp celebrating this momentous occasion. And The Boro is a place where people want to come. People want to return to work in environments like this.

McKay added that the strong local economy attracts companies to move to and expand in Fairfax County.

“We at the county-level know what a great economy we have here,” McKay said. “The idea that we are sitting in one of the places in the United States that has more business establishments today than we had before COVID hit speaks to our resilience and speaks to the investments we make in infrastructure, things like the (Metrorail) Silver Line, and a world class public education system, like we have in Fairfax County Public Schools. These are investments that pay dividends and are the reason why companies want to be in Fairfax County.”

Noting Fairfax County’s strategic location next to the U.S. federal government and Department of Defense, McKay added: 

“I am so glad that NetApp has such a strong partnership with our defense industry, with other private sector defense partners, and in supporting our veterans. And so many of the things that they do to support our community.”

With more than 300 employees in Tysons, NetApp U.S. Public Sector is currently growing. Click here to find out about career opportunities, including internships, entry-level careers and opportunities for veterans and military spouses. To find out about NetApp’s diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging program click here.

Pinnacle Financial Partners Celebrates Grand Opening of its Tysons Office

Pinnacle Financial Partners hosted a grand opening celebration on October 3 at the firm’s new full-service office at 1800 Tysons Blvd. in Tysons, Virginia. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, this is the firm’s first location in Virginia. Pinnacle’s story in the National Capital Region has moved quickly, according to the company, with the first associates hired in December 2021, its first permanent space in Tysons opening in Spring 2023, and a retail office in the same building this summer. Additional plans are in process to open more locations in Virginia, as well as in Maryland.

In addressing the guests that evening, Regional President Carolyne Pelton said:

“You can’t get this level of growth without a team of the very best bankers. We are able to attract top talent because Pinnacle is one of the best places to work anywhere. Tonight we also celebrated our clients and nonprofit partners with gratitude. They have followed and honored us with their trust, and we look forward to enjoying long-lasting relationships and mutual success for years to come.”

Pinnacle Financial Partners provides a full range of banking, investment, trust, mortgage and insurance products and services designed for businesses and their owners and individuals. Find out more at www.pnfp.com.

Reaching the Skies in Reston

Clark Construction has officially topped out on the construction of Skymark Reston Town Center, which the company describes as the tallest mixed-use residential tower in the D.C. region, FFXnow reported. Located at the corner of Town Center Parkway and Inspiration Street, the 40-story building will have 464 units when completed. It’s built on a podium with ground-floor retail, 44 loft-style residential units and 80,000 square feet of office space spread over four stories. “Clark thrives on delivering the largest and most complex projects that push the boundaries of engineering and construction,” Terry Simon, Clark Construction Group division president, said. “We look forward to the completion of another successful collaboration with long-time partner BXP to deliver this superstructure.”

Welcome to Tysons tech capital

Houston-based Octaria Software has opened an office in Tysons, innovationmap reported. The company is focused on helping businesses, from the very seedlings of startups to established small and medium-sized ventures, to effectively go digital. “There are so many startups emerging there,” said director of product management Matthew Lowinger. “There is a reason that Tysons is considered the tech capital of D.C. There’s so many companies that are headquartered and launched right in our backyard. There’s some really cool expansion opportunities where we can help out more founders, more entrepreneurs, more small- to medium-sized businesses than ever before.”

Ready to take flight

The long-planned expansion of Washington Dulles International Airport is about to get underway, Washington Business Journal reported. Construction of a 14-gate concourse, which would replace the existing Concourse A, could begin within the next month, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority President and CEO Jack Potter told the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at a transportation committee meeting last week. At about 440,000 square feet, the new concourse — dubbed Tier 2 Concourse East — would be about four times the size of the concourse it’s replacing. It will be built atop the underground C and D concourses and, unlike the existing Concourse A, it would have access to the airport’s underground Aerotrain system and jet bridges. FFXnow has more.

Transformation of connected mobility

Tysons-based roadside assistance tech company Urgent.ly has merged with Israel-based Otonomo Technologies, another vehicle technology business, and the combined company publicly listed its stock on Nasdaq on Oct. 19, Virginia Business reported. “I am thrilled to announce the completion of this transaction, which further strengthens Urgent.ly’s unique market position as a leading roadside assistance software provider,” Matt Booth, CEO of Urgent.ly, said in a statement. “This acquisition is the result of the outstanding contributions of our employees and the support of our powerful ecosystem of customer partners and service provider professionals. We are committed to leading the transformation to connected mobility and we look forward to continuing to improve proactive and preventative customer experiences.”

Missile-warning constellation infrastructure

Falls Church area-based Northrop Grumman and L3Harris Technologies, which has locations in Fairfax County, completed a critical design review of a relay ground station for missile warning and tracking, which will be used by the U.S. Space Systems Command in the Pacific, ExecutiveBiz reported. Northrop said that it is developing Relay Ground Station-Asia under a contract with the U.S. Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, which plans to replace its missile warning system by 2025. “We are on track to revolutionize current Space-Based Infrared System and Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared missile-warning constellation infrastructure with a much-needed capability in the Pacific region,” said Calvin Pennamon, director of operational exploitation systems at Northrop Grumman.

Sweet story

Scientists at the University of California, Davis, in partnership with the McLean-based Mars Advanced Research Institute, have announced a significant breakthrough in the production of low-calorie sugar substitutes, such as allulose. This discovery could help address one of the primary obstacles to the widespread adoption of these alternatives: production costs, according to UC Davis In Focus. Allulose, also known as D-psicose, is a naturally occurring rare sugar that provides a viable alternative to sucrose (table sugar). It has a similar taste, texture and functionality, making it an attractive option for those seeking to reduce their sugar intake, according to the researchers.

New credit facility

Tysons-based Aireon, a  provider of space-based data to the aviation industry, said it has secured a new credit facility that it will use to bolster its data analytic capabilities and visualization tools. The 11-year-old company said the facility, from Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), will help it “create new value-added aviation data products for the industry.” The facility replaces another credit facility that was put in place before Aireon’s service went operational. Air Traffic Management has more.

Cyber connection

Fairfax-based MAG Aerospace, a full-spectrum joint domain command and control services provider, has entered into a partnership with Idaho National Laboratory to secure cyber physical systems like critical infrastructure from cyber threats, with the ultimate aim of enhancing national security, according to ExecutiveBiz. “INL’s Consequence-driven, Cyber-informed Engineering methodology serves as the foundation for our zero-trust solution by identifying mission-essential tasks in order to mitigate high-consequence events to DoD’s critical infrastructure,” said Vincent Mihalik, senior vice president at MAG Aerospace.


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