Fairfax County has a vigorous economy, and health-related companies have been big contributors in keeping the county in the pink. According to recently released numbers from the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, Inova Health System, which has hospitals in Falls Church and Fair Oaks, as well as other hospitals and outpatient clinics throughout Northern Virginia, added more than 670 jobs in the second quarter of this year.
The not-for-profit is already Fairfax County's largest private employer.
Given Inova's plans to build another health care facility in the Lorton area, the company will likely continue to add jobs over the next few years.
Other companies working with the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority that experienced significant growth in the second quarter include Ciber, a software consultant with offices in McLean, and Omniplex World Services, an information technology company with headquarters in Chantilly, which each added 250 jobs. Defense contractor BAE Systems boosted its local workforce by 200 jobs.
Another firm with large growth in the second quarter was Dulles Transit Partners LLC, which is providing engineering, design and construction services for the proposed Metrorail extension to Dulles. Even with the project still in the planning stages, Dulles Transit Partners added 184 jobs in the second quarter, according to the economic development authority.
County Gets Three A's
Moody's Investors Service is still bullish on Fairfax County: The Wall Street raters reaffirmed the county's AAA bond rating last week.
"Moody's expects the county's substantial growth rates will be sustained given its favorable location, expanding high-end employment base and strong wealth levels," read the company's analysis. "Moody's anticipates the county will continue to benefit from operating flexibility and satisfactory reserve levels given an expectation of sustained revenue growth and strong budgetary control."
Mall to Expand Food Court Options
Tysons Corner Center has been a destination for local shoppers with refined tastes. But for those who also have a sophisticated palate, the mall's food court options of Sbarro and McDonald's have been less than satisfying.
Soon, though, hungry shoppers will have a more eclectic lineup to choose from. In a 350,000-square-foot expansion set to open this fall, the mall will add 10 food stalls, including Grill Kabob; Desert Moon, which features Mexican and Southwestern cuisine; Taka Grille, which will serve sushi and other Japanese fare; and Famous Famiglia, the "official" pizza of the New York Yankees.
The addition will also include new full-service restaurants, including Brio Tuscan Grill, Coastal Flats, Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. and Pauli Moto's Asian Bistro.
Movers and Shakers
* John M. Gilligan has been appointed by Fairfax-based SRA International to be a vice president and deputy director for the company's defense division. The former chief information officer for the U.S. Air Force will oversee the company's work with the Department of Defense and related agencies.
* Surajit Chatterjee has been named chief technology officer and vice president of engineering at McLean-based Brabeion software. He previously served tours of duty at Vienna's BNX Systems and Herndon's Treev LLC.
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