American Institutes for Research Coming to Crystal City with a Mission of Social Good

The latest trend in Crystal City, known for its thriving technology startups and high-tech prototypes, is going a little simpler. Think businesses with heart.

“Our focus has been to transform Crystal City into a place where future and heart-forward organizations can thrive,” says Angie Fox, President of the Crystal City BID.

That’s quite true with this week’s announcement that the American Institutes for Research, one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research organizations, will bring its operations to Arlington’s Crystal City neighborhood. AIR made the decision to relocate to Arlington from Washington, D.C. and is expected to create 320 jobs over the next three years.

AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. The organization joins more than 300 associations and 81 scientific research institutions, including the American Diabetes Association, PBS and the United Service Organization, that have chosen Arlington as a location of choice.

“Arlington is an ideal fit for AIR due to its proximity to our Federal Government clients as well as the access, amenities and convenience it provides our staff. We are looking forward to being a part of this vibrant, growing business community,” said David Myers, AIR President and Chief Executive Officer.

AIR will lease 91,000 square feet of space at 1400 Crystal Drive. It will join numerous growing technology companies, associations and other prestigious businesses that call the community home, including the Consumer Technology Association and Conservation International, as well as large corporations like Bloomberg BNA and Boeing.

“Lowe is honored that AIR has chosen to relocate to 1400 Crystal Drive,” said Mark Rivers, Managing Director of Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group. “The redevelopment of this property was targeted for just this type of organization, so of course we are very pleased that this lease will bring us to 90% occupancy.  1400 crystal has proven to be a tremendous value in Arlington as tenants continue to optimize their workspace and win the fight for talent.  Through our Property Management Plus program combined with the exciting evolution of Crystal City, we are confident they will find this to be an extremely positive and productive environment to continue their growth and important work.”

And it’s a new sector that’s showing great promise in Arlington overall. Companies and organizations with a research-oriented mission of good are realizing that Arlington, with its emphasis on a highly-skilled Millennial workforce, business climate and that workforce’s overall commitment to social good, is becoming very desirable as a location in which to do business. What’s more, it’s easily accessible and is just steps from the decision makers in D.C.

American Institutes for Research will consolidate existing offices for the move to Crystal City in late 2018, bringing its efforts of using scientific research for productivity and good to Arlington and joining a host of other companies and community with a similar mindset and goals.

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