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IT & Emerging Tech

Innovation Thrives in Arlington

Arlington, VA offers important advantages for technology companies looking to launch, locate or grow. With a world-class talent pool of diverse backgrounds and skillsets, top-notch educational institutions producing the workforce of tomorrow, tech partners and resources, access to venture capital, and close proximity to federal government clients, Arlington gives tech companies the tools they need to thrive.

In recent years, Arlington's stable foundation of tech firms supporting government clients has blossomed into a rapidly expanding tech ecosystem. From venture activity yielding over $10 billion across more than 250 deals, to Amazon choosing Arlington for its second headquarters location (HQ2) and creating 25,000 technology jobs by 2030, Arlington has proven itself as one of the leading locations for tech companies to establish a presence.

If you are interested in learning more about Arlington's IT and emerging tech industry, contact Adam Henry to learn more.

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Tech Talent

A Diverse and Qualified Talent Pool

Arlington is the place to be to attract the best and brightest talent, and it is home to the most highly-educated and specialized workforce anywhere in the country - many of which have specialized skills aimed at today's tech industry. Arlington’s median age is just 35, and the county ranks as the fifth best city for young professionals and the second-best place to live in the United States (Niche.com). According to CompTIA’s Cyberstates 2021 report, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked in the top quartile of the diversity index for tech talent compared to other MSA’s in the United States. Arlington's talent pool is exceptionally diverse – 23% of residents are foreign-born and a total of 115 languages are spoken by Arlington Public School students.

The 2021 CBRE Scoring Tech Talent report ranked the Washington, D.C. metro region’s tech talent market third in North America after considering factors such as labor market conditions and cost and quality for highly skilled tech workers. More than 75% of adults in Arlington hold a bachelor's degree or higher, offering employers an abundance of educated professionals (ESMI, 2021).

 

University Access

Unparalleled Access to World-Class Universities

Arlington has unparalleled access to many high-quality colleges and universities in the Metro D.C. region. George Mason University, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, The George Washington University and Marymount University each have campus locations in Arlington. Arlington also has immediate access to one of the largest community colleges in the United States, Northern Virginia Community College, serving more than 75,000 students with six campuses throughout Northern Virginia. Several universities maintain unique partnerships with the local tech industry, notably George Mason University’s Mason Enterprise Center and Virginia Tech’s. Just across the river in Washington, D.C. are Georgetown University, The American University, George Washington University, Catholic University and Howard University.

 

Education Investments

Historic Investments for the Future of Tech Talent

In 2019, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced it would produce 31,000 technology graduates over the next 20 years with agreements from 11 Virginia universities. Through its historic, innovative Tech Talent Investment Program, the Commonwealth of Virginia, donors and corporate partners are investing more than $2 billion to expand Virginia’s tech talent pipeline.

As part of the Tech Talent Innovation Program, George Mason University’s Arlington Campus will undergo a $250 million transformation to become its Institute for Digital Innovation (IDIA), which will serve as a tech catalyst in Arlington and Northern Virginia. Further, Virginia Tech’s $1 billion, 1 million-square-foot graduate Innovation Campus in Alexandria will unite industry, government and academia in dynamic project-based learning and research. The campus will shape the way knowledge and emerging technologies influence society, driving a new era for the D.C. region’s innovation economy.

Venture Capital

Fueling Arlington's Tech Ecosystem

Venture, merger and acquisition activity plays an important role in Arlington's start-up ecosystem and high-growth companies. Since 2015, Arlington-based companies have generated 250 venture capital and merger and acquisition deals totaling over $10 billion covering several industries including software, cybersecurity, fintech, big data, digital media and more.

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Rankings

3

Tech Talent Market in North America

1

Best U.S. City for Women in Tech

1

Quartile Tech Talent Diversity Index

“We are excited to be setting up our U.S. headquarters in Arlington. The region boasts a rich combination of security, engineering, and IT skills that we seek, and its proximity to the nation’s capital positions us close to the policy innovation around digital assets and distributed ledger technology in the U.S.”

Brendan Blumer, CEO, Bullish

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Adam J. Henry, CEcD

Business Development Manager

A Certified Economic Developer, Adam focuses on the emerging and startup technology business community in Arlington. He can help your company become part of Arlington’s innovation ecosystem.

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