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Va. officials welcome Northrop Grumman to Falls Church

Anita Kumar

Virginia officials in Richmond and Washington cheered Northrop Grumman's announcement Monday that it had selected a 333,000-square-foot building in Falls Church for its global headquarters.

"This is great news for Falls Church, Fairfax County, all of Northern Virginia and our entire Commonwealth,'' Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said in a statement. "Northrop Grumman's move to Virginia will mean 300 new, high-paying jobs for our citizens and it will have a positive impact across our economy."

The defense giant ended a competition among Virginia, Maryland and the District in April when it picked Northern Virginia for its headquarters. But it took months more to choose between Fairfax and Arlington counties.

"At their new location, Northrop Grumman will be able to draw on northern Virginia's talented workforce while at the same time enjoy close proximity to their primary customer: the federal government and the Department of Defense,'' said U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).

The company will move to 2980 Fairview Park Dr., into a 14-story building that was owned by Verizon. Verizon still occupies a small portion of the building but is expected to move out by September. Northrop Grumman will move to Falls Church from Los Angeles by next summer.

"This decision by Northrop Grumman was not an accident,'' U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said. "It is the product of the strong economic growth, low taxes, educated workforce, and robust pro-business environment that I and other Northern Virginia leaders have always championed in Fairfax and other Northern Virginia jurisdictions."

By Anita Kumar  |  July 12, 2010; 6:52 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Gerald E. Connolly , James P. Moran Jr. , Robert F. McDonnell  
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