Arlington Economic Development

Arlington Economic Development (AED) is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of an economically competitive and sustainable community, and the creation of exciting, diverse and amenity-rich places. AED provides visionary leadership and superior services to Arlington’s business, arts, and real estate development communities and its tourism industry.

AED is comprised of the following operating groups:

Arlington Cultural Affairs

Arlington Cultural Affairs creates an environment that encourages innovation and excellence within the Arlington arts community. A national model for regional arts support, Cultural Affairs provides programs and services that build community and transform lives by enhancing enjoyment and understanding of, and participation in, the arts. Home to over 500 individual artists and more than 50 arts organizations, Arlington Cultural Affairs was the first arts program honored with a prestigious Innovations in American Government Award from The Ford Foundation and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. This was for our proactive Arts Incubator approach to regional arts funding, offering low-cost space and services in lieu of large cash grants. A prolific presenter through the years, Cultural Affairs Division’s programming ranges from contemporary visual art, Shakespeare, late-night dance parties and multi-cultural film fests to spoken word, chamber music, family programs and more, the wide array of offerings are as diverse as its audience and are presented in a fresh and less formal environment. For more information, visit

Arlington Convention and Visitors Service

Arlington Convention and Visitors Service (ACVS) promotes Arlington as the best place to stay when visiting the Washington, D.C. region. Positioning Arlington to individual leisure and business travelers, as well as to professional meeting planners, ACVS acts as an information clearinghouse, a meeting management consultant and a destination marketing and promotional agency.

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Business Investment Group

The Business Investment Group (BIG) offers a wide array of services to welcome and support start-ups, relocating and existing businesses and nonprofits. BIG professionals serve as liaisons between businesses, the real estate community and other Arlington County departments to find creative solutions which optimize their experience in Arlington.

Real Estate Development Group

The Real Estate Development Group (REDG) provides technical assistance on commercial office, retail and hotel development opportunities within Arlington. It monitors competitive market conditions and structures and manages a variety of public-private partnerships. REDG also provides advice and assistance on enhancing the appearance of commercial properties and serves as a liaison between the development community and Arlington County government agencies.

Services Provided by AED Include:

  • Community development updates
  • Competitive industry trends and intelligence
  • Economic/demographic trends and business tax and analysis
  • County-sponsored research on emerging business and industry trends
  • Public brand building and exposure
  • Awards nomination and recognition opportunities
  • Meeting and conference location specialists
  • Site location and expansion facilitation
  • Benefits and incentives for eligible businesses
  • Planning, permitting, and zoning liaisons for complex projects
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