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Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is here to help businesses start, expand or relocate in Fairfax County.


The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is here to help businesses start, expand or relocate in Fairfax County. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the FCEDA is led by a board of county business leaders and funded by the Fairfax County government to promote the county as one of the world’s best business locations and build the county’s commercial tax base. The Board of Supervisors uses the commercial tax base to fund high-quality public services for a growing and diversifying population.

The FCEDA has three business investment divisions — National, International and Business Diversity — that work with companies interested in starting, expanding and relocating businesses to Fairfax County. The FCEDA also has Market Intelligence, Real Estate Services and Communications Divisions.

Business investment staff members:

  • work with companies looking for office space;
  • assist small, minority-, veteran- and woman-owned companies.
  • help international firms understand how to open a U.S. office.
  • match firms with sources of venture capital.
  • make introductions to business and community organizations; and
  • act as a liaison with county and state regulatory agencies.

The FCEDA real estate, market intelligence and communications divisions:

  • generate location and facility options for companies.
  • provide information on industry sectors and markets; and
  • brainstorm media and public relations opportunities.

In 2020, FCEDA launched a multi-faceted talent initiative aimed at attracting, retaining, retraining and growing the workforce that companies need to succeed in Fairfax County.

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Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast (Specialty)
  • Revitalization (Specialty)
  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Demographic and Census Data (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Government Funding
  • Venture Capital Providers

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training


  • Business Research Resources
  • Consumer Information
  • Demographic / Census Data
  • Industry Data
  • Market Intelligence

Management Issues

  • Recruiting Assistance

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising
  • Award Recognition
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Outreach / Promotion


  • Site / Office / Space Location Assistance

Operations and Logistics

  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Starting a Business

  • Site Location
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance / Support Services

  • Marketing


  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Government Procurement
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • International Trade Education and Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes

Events and Ecosystem Building

  • Markets or Sales Events, including Pop-Ups (Specialty)
  • Networking / Meetups (Specialty)
  • Pitch Events (Specialty)
Contact Information
Karen Smaw
8300 Boone Blvd.
Suite 450
Tysons, VA 22182