Amazon Web Services, a business unit within Amazon.com, announced plans to establish a new office in Fairfax County and create 500 new jobs.
The multi-million dollar investment is driven by increased demand for the company’s cloud services business. Amazon Web Services provides a low-cost technology infrastructure platform in the cloud for business, government and start-up customers in more than 190 countries across the globe.
The location in Fairfax County provides Amazon Web Services with close proximity to its government customers as well an extremely advanced IT workforce. Virginia has the highest concentration of technology workers according to Cyberstates 2011.
Amazon.com already has a strong presence in the Commonwealth. In 2011, the company announced it would establish two fulfillment centers in Central Virginia for a total investment of $135 million, creating more than 1,350 new jobs.
The company’s focus on providing cutting edge services for its customers is closely aligned with the innovative, pro-business environment in the Commonwealth. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprising States 2013, Virginia is the No. 1 state in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) job concentration and has the No. 1 share of high-tech businesses. In addition, more than 50 percent of the world’s Internet traffic flows through the Commonwealth each day.
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