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Va. helps create 156 new Fairfax jobs

By Fredrick Kunkle

Gov. Bob McDonnell's rolling job-o-meter clicked up a few more notches with the announcement from his staff Wednesday that Virginia would help an IT consulting firm create 156 new jobs in Fairfax County.

Acumen Solutions, which is headquartered in Vienna, said it plans to invest $2.35 million to expand operations.

"Business dictated that we needed to expand," said Donita Prakash, a spokeswoman for the firm. The state stepped in to make sure the jobs were created in the Commonwealth through a job-training and recruiting program subsidized with about $120,000, leveraging about $15 million in new Northern Virginia salaries, she said.

Acumen Solutions, which was founded in 1999, has offices in the U.S. and Europe. It has focused on finding solutions to business and technological problems for corporate and government clients such as Comcast, CIGNA Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Sprint, Time Warner Cable, as well as federal entities such as the U.S. Army, the Census Bureau and the State Department.

Its specialty is cloud computing, which allows users to tap the collective thinking of Internet-based resources such as networks and servers instead of investing in computing infrastructure.

"We continue to experience strong demand in this region for the type of consulting we do around game-changing technologies such as cloud computing in government agencies, telecommunications and cable, healthcare and other other large commercial enterprises," Acumen chief executive David Joubran said in a written statement.

The job expansion, was announced jointly by the firm and the governor's office, involved cooperation with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, which offered funding and other services through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

An estimated 55,000 new jobs have been created in the Commonwealth since McDonnell took office, spokeswoman Stacey Johnson said. She said the governor claims credit for having created 13,217 jobs as a result of direct incentives and other aid from the state.

By Fredrick Kunkle  | November 18, 2010; 9:38 AM ET
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