A Commitment to Education

Higher education is a key component making up the fabric of Arlington, VA. The Washington, D.C. metro region is home to more than 60 colleges and universities offering unparalleled access to the nation's brightest minds. Graduates from Arlington's own and surrounding universities hold a diverse set of in-demand competencies, including computer science, data science, cybersecurity, cloud computing and engineering. Arlington's one-of-a-kind partnerships with D.C. region universities paired with unprecedented  investment in Virginia's tech talent pipeline has set the stage for strong industry growth and workforce development in the years to come. 

Local Universities

Unparalleled Educational Opportunity

Arlington has the universities that create the talent needed in today's innovation fields. From the top ranked MBA program at UVA Darden School of Business to the specialized tech offerings at the new George Mason University Innovation Center and upcoming Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, Arlington's universities ensure graduates are well-situated for success. Northeastern, based in Boston, even opened a satellite campus in Arlington recognizing the thriving tech ecosystem growing here. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest community colleges in the U.S. NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) serves more than 75,000 students across seven campuses playing an integral role in Arlington's robust talent pool.

Investments & Research

Investments in Education and Research

The Commonwealth of Virginia continues to make significant investments in the development of tech talent to enrich the state's tech ecosystem.

  • Virginia Tech Innovation Campus: An upcoming one million square foot mixed-use campus, instrumental in bolstering the tech talent pipeline for Arlington, VA and the Washington, D.C. metro region.
  • Virginia Tech Talent Investment Program: A historic investment and partnership with 11 universities designed to add more than 32,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science and related fields over the next two decades.
  • Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI): An ecosystem of innovation in cybersecurity and cyber-physical systems security housed at George Mason University that prioritizes cyber workforce development, innovation and research, and industry partnerships.

Industry/University Partnerships

Leveraging Arlington’s Universities

A unique aspect of the educational ecosystem in Arlington is the vast array of opportunities available for partnerships between the public and private sectors.

  • Institute for Digital Innovation (IDIA): A university think tank and incubator at George Mason University to connect corporate and public sector partners with Mason's world-class research and scholars to create opportunities for strategic research and development.
  • Virginia Tech Innovation Campus LINK: The Center for Advancing Partnerships works with industry partners to understand strategic needs and matches them with the university’s extensive network of assets.
  • Virginia Tech LINK+LICENSE+LAUNCH: A team dedicated to supporting all aspects of corporate partnerships, from research collaborations, to corporate giving, to technology commercialization and startups.


55K Graduates per Year


60+ Universities in the Region


$1B in Tech Talent Investments

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Conor Courtney

Strategic Initiatives Manager

Conor is AED's Strategic Initiatives Manager focused on Arlington's workforce and tech talent initiatives and capabilities.

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