Fairfax County Economic Development Authority Business News – September 8


SAIC’s Fairfax County Headquarters location is ideal for advancing technology and innovation

Founded over 50 years ago in San Diego, California, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) moved to Fairfax County in 2009 “to be closer to our customers and leverage Fairfax County business practices,” said Sanjay Sardar, senior vice president, Digital Innovation at SAIC.in an exclusive interview with the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.

With the goal of “advancing the power of technology and innovation to serve and protect our world,” SAIC, headquartered in Reston, employs more than 26,000 people, including 6,000 in Northern Virginia. A Fortune 500 company, SAIC has annual revenue of $7.4 billion.

“We are known for three things at SAIC – extraordinarily smart and passionate people, a commitment to government missions, and bold thinking that innovates cutting-edge technologies,” Sardar said.

Click here to read the full interview.

World-class technology market

The DC Metro region has the third highest density of tech talent in the United States. Add to that the most active data center market in the world; the cradle of the Internet; the headquarters of the national security apparatus; and located next to the world’s largest buyer of goods and services (including technology) – the US government – and you have all the hallmarks of a world-class tech marketplace, according to Cushman & Wakefield. The tech industry is proliferating in several distinct submarkets across the region, according to the report, including the “Dulles Toll Road Corridor” that stretches from Dulles Airport through Herndon and Reston to Tysons.which hosts technology and cybersecurity companies such as AWS, Microsoft, Google, Verisign, MicroStrategy, Appian, Oracle and many more.

Prioritizing employee health and well-being

The new Tysons-based Maximus HQ is bringing the outdoors indoors with a focus on employee health and well-being, WashingtonExec’s Amanda Ziadeh reported in a feature article. When Maximus began planning its new headquarters in early 2020, it couldn’t predict what was to come soon: as the hammers started to swing, COVID ensued. Rather than falter, Maximus has taken a hands-on, laser-focused approach to building its space centered around collaboration, innovation, and well-being. “The focus here is on employee wellness and well-being,” Maximus CEO and director Bruce Caswell told WashingtonExec. And while the goal is to drive innovation and productivity, Caswell said, it’s all about “having a little fun while we’re at it.”

And more about Maximus

Tysons’ government services company, Maximus, has won a 10-year, $6.6 billion contract to support contact center operations at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Washington Business Journal reported. The award has a base period of one year and nine option years. It is the sequel to a work that Maximus is already directing. The company, with a market capitalization of $3.71 billion, has worked on contact center operations at all levels of government while helping administer other government programs such as federal student loans and veterans services.

Another big deal

Reston-based CACI International has won a 10-year, $5.7 billion contract to lead an enterprise IT support services team at the US Air Force, Washington Technology reported. The other nine team members include the following companies based in the Fairfax County area: Bowhead Logistics Management (Springfield); Enhanced Solutions for Veterans (Fairfax); and InSequence (Herndon). The consortium of companies will assume responsibility for IT support and management of a catalog of offerings for 700,000 users worldwide for Wave 1 of the Air Force’s Enterprise IT as a Service initiative. This effort is aimed at helping Air Force and Space Force personnel have more time and energy to research and mitigate network-related issues instead of paying a lot of attention to basic computer functions. .


Reston-based non-profit organization Noblis has received a US patent for a machine learning-based method that generates models that can mimic different security checkpoint configurations and show how each configuration responds to different types threats, ExecutiveBiz reported. Noblis said last week that its iterative modeling system uses algorithms based on rule-based adversarial game concepts. Noblis researchers used the rules of the game of chess to allow the system to determine the possible outcomes of various potential attacks through security checkpoints.

Space Situational Awareness Services

Fairfax County-based space tracking startup Scout Space is partnering with Hawaii-based Privateer Space, a new venture also focused on space situational awareness services for satellite operators, SpaceNews reported. The collaboration focuses on integrating Scout’s systems architecture and data collection capabilities with Privateer’s data solutions, according to a statement. Eric Ingram, co-founder and CEO of Scout, said the collaboration is “in its early stages and we are looking at how best to combine our capabilities. There could very well be joint products in the future, but we are only at the beginning stages of this process.

About the size of a wine bottle

Tysons-based Spire Global is adding propulsion to its constellation of Lemur general-purpose satellites, SpaceNews reported. French startup ThrustMe will supply seven cold-iodine gas propulsion systems for the three-unit Spire cubesats slated for launch later this year on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission. “The integration of propulsion into our satellites will increase the capacity of our constellation and the security of operations,” said Jeroen Cappaert, co-founder and CTO of Spire. Spire operates a constellation of more than 100 sensor-equipped Lemurs cubesats to collect weather data, track ships and aircraft, and provide customers with other space services. As electronics shrink, Spire continues to pack additional sensors and other components into its satellites, which are about the size of a wine bottle.

on a roll

Fairfax digital consulting and services firm ICF International has acquired Blanton & Associates, an Austin, Texas-based environmental consulting firm specializing in infrastructure projects. This is the company’s fourth acquisition to close this year. The two companies have partnered in the past on water conservation and habitat planning projects. Already this year, ICF has secured deals for Herndon’s digital health services company SemanticBits, Rockville, Md., health IT company Enterprise Science and Computing, and Tysons IT services contractor Creative Systems & Consulting, reported the Washington Business Journal and GovConWire.

Accelerated selection process

Idemia North America, based in Reston, has implemented on-site service at five airports as part of a Transportation Security Administration program that allows travelers to determine their eligibility for an expedited screening process, ExecutiveBiz reported. The company said Monday that its team of TSA PreCheck enrollment staff offers the service via mobile carts for demonstration and deployment initiatives. Passengers can register in five minutes or less and have their known traveler number in three to five days.

Facelift : Federal Realty Investment Trust, a real estate investment trust based in Bethesda, Maryland, plans to renovate the Chesterbrook Mall in McLean, according to the Washington Business Journal. The Safeway-anchored center features approximately 90,000 square feet of low-rise retail on nine acres at 6214 and 6246 Old Dominion Drive. Part of it was built in the 1960s, so they’re about to get an $8.5 million facelift.

Deal done

Tysons-based Booz Allen Hamilton has completed the sale of its Middle East and North Africa-focused business to management consultancy Oliver Wyman, ExecutiveBiz reported. Following the completed acquisition agreement, the Booz Allen MENA team will be added to Oliver Wyman’s offices in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Booz Allen’s strategy advisory arm located in the MENA region is expected to strengthen the capabilities of Oliver Wyman’s cyber, climate and sustainability portfolio while enabling it to better serve its financial services, energy and public sector clientele .

Switch to residential

A subsidiary of Bethesda-based Renaissance Centro plans to buy part of Tysons’ massive Arbor Row mixed-use development, the Washington Business Journal reported. The developer has the 2.9-acre parcel at 7925 Westpark Drive under contract with Campbell-Scott Westpark in New York. Renaissance Centro previously acquired an adjacent 2-acre parcel to the west, where it is currently constructing the 300-foot-tall Monarch luxury condo building. If the deal goes through, the new multi-family-turned-office building would stand next to Renaissance’s 25-story monarch at 7913 Westpark Drive, Tysons.

Pitch and Pilot

Fairfax County is calling on innovators to come up with solutions that promote carbon neutrality and clean energy, FFXnow reported. “Pitch and Pilot,” a county-led innovation challenge, aims to find and pilot new projects that improve energy efficiency, increase the use of renewable electricity and encourage the use of electric vehicles. The winning team will have the chance to pilot their proposal in the county. The pitch competition is sponsored by the county, George Mason University and Smart City Works.

First child entrepreneur

Alejandro Buxton, 12, celebrates his first brick-and-mortar store, which opened at Tysons Corner Center last Thursday, WJLA reported. Alejandro started his candle business called Smell of Love Candles in his kitchen during the pandemic. Last Thursday, with her mother and heads of state by her side, they cut the ribbon for her new candle stand opposite Victoria’s Secret on Level 2 of the mall. Alejandro says he will work at the booth after school. “He’s our first kid entrepreneur, kid lease, and it’s amazing to see he’s going to inspire other young entrepreneurs,” said Jessie Benities, chief executive of Tysons.

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The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) promotes Fairfax County, Virginia as a center for business and technology. FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, as well as relationships with county and state government agencies, to help businesses locate and grow in Fairfax County. .

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