International Business

Situated just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington’s strategic location offers unparalleled access to major U.S. cities as well as destinations around the globe. Arlington is home to many of the fastest growing, most innovative companies in the region. From high-tech startups to internationally recognized corporations, companies choose Arlington because of the in-place digital infrastructure, a vast pool of talent and the tangible benefits of being within sight of the nation’s Capital.

Why International Companies Choose Arlington

  • Strategic East Coast location within two hours flight time to major business centers in the United States

  • Easy access to three international airports (Washington Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport, Baltimore-Washington International Airport) that connect to markets representing 80% of the world’s economy

  • Closest proximity of any Virginia jurisdiction to U.S. federal government, international organizations and institutions

  • Highest percentage of 25 to 34 year olds in the country, with the majority working in the professional, scientific and technical services industry

  • One of the most highly-educated counties in the U.S. with 73% of adults holding a Bachelor’s degree and 39% having achieved an advanced degree

  • An abundance of cultural amenities, arts venues, festivals and cuisines from around the world

  • Arlington’s residents are diverse, sophisticated, and highly educated. School children in Arlington Public Schools hail from 96 countries and speak a total of 81 languages. Learn more about international education in Arlington.

Business Services

Arlington Economic Development (AED) assists international companies that are interested in expanding or relocating their business to Arlington by providing a range of free services and customized information specifically targeted toward foreign-owned firms. The professional staff members at AED are fluent in Spanish, Chinese Mandarin, Russian and French.

How We Can Help

  • Business site location assistance

  • Market overviews and business intelligence

  • Tax and incentive information

  • Employee orientation and site tours

  • Networking resources and targeted introductions

  • Business-County liaison

Foreign-Owned Firms

Approximately 50 foreign-owned companies have already selected Arlington as their base, representing everything from global headquarters for multinational firms to smaller companies opening a first U.S. office. These companies chose Arlington for its safe neighborhoods, pro-business government, and its unique proximity to federal agencies, foreign embassies, defense and security companies and others in the ICT industry.

Over the last five years, foreign-owned businesses represented $190 million in new capital investments in Arlington.

See a listing of select foreign-owned firms in Arlington

Case Studies

With its many unique attributes, Arlington is the perfect place to locate a U.S. headquarters. Find out more about how both European grocer, Lidl, and the world's largest food and beverage company, Nestlé, decided to locate their U.S. headquarters in Arlington. 

Learn More

For more information on international business in Arlington, contact Sindy Yeh, Senior Business Ambassador at (703) 228-0858 or [email protected].

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