This news is aggregated from various sources and is not original to the Tysons Chamber.
Released September 13, 2018
Now hear this: Blame Florence. Due to uncertainty of the path of the hurricane and a state of emergency in the region, the Social Media Week Fairfax event scheduled for Friday in Tysons Corner has been postponed. The difficult decision came down to concern for the safety of everyone involved, including speakers and attendees traveling great distances. The SMWFairfax team is working on a new date and will keep registrants informed via Eventbrite and social media channels. Questions? E-mail SMWFairfax@gmail.com.
Beyond the military: PenFed Credit Union in Tysons Corner announced an employment program aimed at providing career training to members of the military community interested in joining its workforce. Katishi Maake of the Washington Business Journal writes that the program will offer internships, outreach, recruiting, hiring, onboarding, professional development, mentoring and retention training. It is open to veterans, military and surviving spouses, wounded warriors and their caregivers, reservists and National Guardsmen.
More fiber is a good thing: Tysons Corner-based GTT Communications, a global provider of cloud networking services to multinational clients, upgraded its fiber network spanning Central and Eastern Europe. According to a release picked up by Potomac Tech Wire, the company has doubled the optical capacity along routes between its network points of presence in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey.
Released August 28, 2018
Now hear this: Business folk from across the region are chiming in with recollections and accolades after Monday’s announcement that Dr. Gerald L. Gordon will step down after 35 years as head of the FCEDA. The Washington Business Journal, in a story by Katie Arcieri, writes of four ways Gordon turned Fairfax County into an economic powerhouse, including introducing Fairfax County to the world through overseas offices. Aaron Gregg of the Washington Post writes that peers describe Gordon as a “fierce advocate of the county’s business community.”
Top honors: Reggie Aggarwal, founder, CEO and chairman of Tysons Corner-based Cvent heads the list of the SaaS Report’s Top 50 SaaS CEOs of 2018. Nearly 5,000 were nominated with selections based largely on reviews from employees and industry colleagues. Cvent, a cloud-based event management software company, has more than 3,200 employees and more than 28,000 customers around the world.
Next course: The Isabella Eatery at Tysons Galleria has closed. Jessica Sidman and Anna Spiegel of Washingtonian have chef Mike Isabella’s thoughts about why the food hall has been shuttered less than nine months since its grand opening. General Growth Properties, which owns the Galleria told Rebecca Cooper of the Washington Business Journal that it remains committed to the upscale food hall concept and is talking with potential new tenants.
Released August 6, 2018
Now hear this: Social Media Week Fairfax returns to Tysons Corner for its second year, bringing together senior marketers, influencers, entrepreneurs, bloggers and digitally connected consumers for interactive discussions about topics that are changing the shape of business, society and our culture. The FCEDA presents the event in conjunction with Social Media Week Sept. 14 at Capital One headquarters. Visit the SMWFairfax website to register.
Released July 3, 2018
Investment not verboten: Cybersecurity firm Verodin, which moved its headquarters to Tysons Corner in February, has raised $20.7 million from 14 investors. According to Kieran McQuilkin of DC Inno, the company, which raised $10 million during a Series A round of funding in 2016, experienced 400 percent growth in 2017. Verodin touts automated defense analysis, continuously running a variety of test attacks on clients’ cybersecurity infrastructure to determine vulnerabilities and improve efficiency.
Living on the edge: Development Magazine’s summer edition features a cover story by George Washington University professor Christopher B. Leinberger entitled “Retrofitting Tysons: From Edge City to Walkable Urban Place.” The story looks at Tysons Corner’s transition during the last 30 years and its ongoing attempts to enhance livability, affordability and walkability. Leinberger concludes: “If the largest edge city in the country can pull this off, other edge cities will take notice and follow Tysons’ lead.” The national publication is a product of NAIOP, the commercial real estate association located in Herndon.
New player on the Run: Skanska USA Commercial Development bought a vacant site at the Scotts Run project in Tysons Corner from Cityline Partners and plans a mixed-use development with about 350 apartment units, ground-level retail and a public plaza. Jon Banister of Bisnow reports that the company hopes to break ground on its development next year. It would be next to the 200-room Archer Hotel.
Released June 26, 2018
Hot off the press: Appian, soon to move into new Tysons Corner headquarters, is ranked No. 1 among large employers, Acclaim Technical Services (ATS) of Reston is tops among mid-size employers, and Macedon Technologies of Reston is best among small firms on the Washington Post’s 2018 list of Top Workplaces. Survey firm Energage compiled the list based on workers’ rating of their employers. Of 150 ranked companies, at least 40 maintain local operations along the Dulles Tech Corridor. “I don’t know that it’s fair to classify [the Dulles corridor] as a defense contracting mecca…there’s so much more here than that,” said Dave Cerne, CEO of ATS.
The road ahead: Work will begin this week to add a lane on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway. The Washington Business Journal’s Michael Neibauer reports that the project, expected to take two years to complete, will add a third lane eastbound for four miles between the Dulles Connector Road and Fairfax Drive, and a new interchange where Route 66 meets Route 7. Separately, as reported by Max Smith of WTOP, Fairfax County and the state have agreed to split additional costs to widen Route 7 between Reston and Tysons Corner. As reported by InsideNOVA’s Christopher Cole, the Northern Virginia’s regional transportation board recently agreed to fund 44 projects, including widening of sections of Route 1, Route 29 and the Fairfax County Parkway.