Benefits of Doing Business in Arlington
In Arlington, businesses thrive on the vitality of the region’s most creative and educated workforce in a world-class urban community with a location that can’t be beat.
The following list contains just some of the benefits enjoyed by businesses in Arlington. Click on the benefits listed below for additional information.
|Brainpower: Arlington’s creative, educated workforce
Lots of people are talking about alternative energy and in Arlington the most powerful alternative energy is our brainpower. Smart, creative, well-educated people are the most sought-after, highly prized commodity for any organization.
Arlington boasts the highest concentration of 25-34 year olds in the region. 70% of Arlingtonians hold bachelor degrees and over a quarter hold advanced degrees. As a creative-class community, Arlington tops the charts within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for its creative core of residents, its diversity, its educational attainment, and its technology base. To learn more about Arlington's dynamic workforce, check out:
|An award-winning location with proximity to the nation’s capital
Situated directly across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital, Arlington provides convenient access to the power, prestige, influence, and opportunities of Washington, D.C., the metropolitan region—and within Arlington itself.
Arlington is a compact, urban environment with countless amenities that make it a world-class place to live, work, and play.
An emphasis on mixed-used development means shopping, restaurants, clubs, theatres, and more are located amidst offices and residential buildings. This creates urban energy and a walkable environment that has earned numerous awards and accolades.
|Unparalleled transportation networks and accessibility
Arlington is nationally recognized for land use planning that emphasizes public transportation, bicycling, and walking. The work of Arlington County Commuter Services to promote the use of Arlington's excellent transportation system has earned numerous national awards for leadership, innovation, use of technology, customer service, and marketing.
Those who work and live in Arlington enjoy easy access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, three Metro lines, countless bus routes, commuter trains, carpool options, car sharing programs, 80 miles of bike trails, and pedestrian-friendly streets.
Arlington is an urban departure from gridlocked traffic; its transit-oriented development means fewer cars on its streets and more options for transportation.
|Diverse offering of office and retail space
Arlington is a world-class business and development location offering everything you’d expect from a dynamic urban locale, including unparalleled access to Washington, D.C.
Arlington boasts nearly 40 million square feet of office space and a diverse offering of retail space integrated into the urban environment. Take a moment to explore:
|Competitive tax rates and occupancy costs
Arlington offers locational advantages for a corporation considering relocation or expansion to office space in the Washington region in terms of tax savings. Arlington submarkets are more affordable than the District for corporations, associations, and federal agencies.
Arlington also maintains a competitive position with nearby Tyson’s Corner and the Maryland metro area submarkets.
|Living Lab™ environment for innovation and scientific research
Arlington is strategically positioned in the center of a robust government-industry-university triangle with near limitless opportunity for technological collaboration and innovation. With tremendous assets located in a compact 26 square miles, the County is an ideal Living Lab™ environment for research related to homeland security, science, and technology.
Arlington’s federal assets include over 8,700 workers at the Pentagon, Army National Guard, Ft. Myer, FDIC, State Department, Coast Guard, and Defense-related research agencies. On the corporate side, Arlington is home to key defense contractors (e.g. BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, to name a few), major media outlets, and the highest concentration of science research and IT companies in the nation.
The collocating of these noteworthy public and private sector assets within a compact, urban environment creates tremendous synergy and drives limitless ingenuity that in the words of Dr. Regina Dugan, Former Director of DARPA, “takes the impossible, turns it into the improbable, and makes it inevitable."
|Multifaceted industry base
Arlington’s diverse mix of industries extends well beyond those traditionally driven by government research.
Media organizations, nonprofits, think tanks, and technology firms have flocked to Arlington for its central location within the region, its talented workforce, its distinct energy, and urban vibrancy.
|Superior educational system
Arlington tops the nation in education, and its superior schools are augmented by some 11 colleges and universities, with plans in the works for a major university research campus.
Arlington Public Schools’ richly diverse student body hails from 126 nations and speaks 98 languages. The Newsweek/Washington Post Challenge Index regularly lists all Arlington high schools in the top 2% in the US.