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IBM to Open Office in Fairfax County, Creating 1,200 Jobs

By Ellen McCarthy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 24, 2004; Page E01

International Business Machines Corp. plans to open a new office in Fairfax County that will create 1,200 government contracting jobs in the county, according to sources familiar with the deal.

The new office, to occupy an existing building in the Fair Lakes area of Fairfax, will be an expansion of IBM's sizable presence in the region. The computer hardware and consulting company had 7,000 employees in the Washington area as of earlier this year, including consultants it gained through its 2002 acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. IBM's government clients include the Department of Defense and NASA.

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It is unclear when the office will open, and an IBM spokesman last night declined to comment on the company's plans. Sources who discussed IBM's plans declined to be identified because the deal was not set to be announced until next week.

Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) is expected to announce the development Monday at the Commonwealth of Virginia's Information Technology Symposium in Norfolk. Warner and Secretary of Technology George C. Newstrom co-host the annual gathering of business and technology leaders in the state.

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