The centerpiece of Virginia’s proposal for HQ2 was a performance-based, statewide investment in computer science and related programs to more than double Virginia’s tech-talent pipeline, which will benefit tech employers across the Commonwealth.
In November 2019, Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia will invest in the Commonwealth’s tech talent pipeline to create 31,000 new computer science graduates over 20 years, under agreements he signed with 11 universities. The Tech Talent Investment Program will benefit students and tech employers in every corner of the Commonwealth. The program is a performance-based initiative designed to create at least 25,000 new bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and related fields over the next 20 years. The agreements with the 11 universities will create 31,000 new degrees in these fields, exceeding the legislative goal.
In conjunction with Amazon's headquarters decision, Virginia Tech announced plans to build a $1 billion innovation campus on the border of Arlington, in the neighboring City of Alexandria. The campus will be a magnet for leading tech talent, research, and education that will support the regional economy.
Virginia Tech and the Commonwealth of Virginia each committed $250 million to seed the project, which is expected to host 500 graduate students within the first five years. Ultimately, the school will enroll 750 master's degree students and train hundreds of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.
Plans for the Innovation Campus' first building were submitted in April 2020, which is a 300,000-square-foot facility that will provide instruction, research, office, and support spaces. The university expects to break ground in 2021 and welcome students, faculty, and staff into the completed building in fall 2024. In the mean time, the Innovation Campus expects to enroll up to 100 graduate students for the fall 2020 semester, who will attend class in a temporary facility until the campus opens.
At full buildout, the Innovation Campus will include:
For more information on the Innovation Campus, please visit Virginia Tech's dedicated website.
As part of the Amazon unveiling, George Mason University (GMU) announced a large-scale expansion of its Arlington Campus to grow its computing programs, advance research in high-tech fields and rapidly increase the number of highly skilled graduates for Amazon and other regional employers.
GMU and the Commonwealth of Virginia committed $250 million to the project, which is expected to grow the university's enrollment in computer science programs to 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students by 2024. A key component of the project is a planned 400,000 square-foot building that will house the new Institute for Digital Innovation, which will house private and public sector entities in tandem with GMU's thriving research and graduate education programs.
In February 2020, George Mason University (GMU) took a major step in the project by issuing a Request for Proposals to find a development partner to design, construct, and operate the Institute for Digital Innovation (IDIA), which will:
GMU anticipates the proposal process will conclude in summer 2020, after which the university will select a short list of development teams to enter the second stage of the process. The IDIA building is scheduled to open in September 2025.
For more information on the Institute for Digital Innovation, please visit George Mason University's dedicate website.