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Jun. 12, 2017 12:50 pm

Amazon Web Services is planning a big expansion in Northern Virginia

Plans are in place for hundreds of jobs at the cloud giant's East Coast corporate campus.

Amazon Web Services brings a crowd.

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Amazon Web Services is going to have a bigger presence in the D.C. area.

The cloud subsidiary of Amazon is opening a new East Coast corporate campus at One Dulles Tower in Herndon, Va., according to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.

Virginia beat out Texas and Washington state for the new office. The Washington Business Journal first reported on Amazon’s lease in April.

“Amazon Web Services has quickly established a major presence in Fairfax County, and we are proud that the company has chosen to expand here with an east coast corporate campus that further diversifies our economic base,” Gerald L. Gordon, CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, said in a statement.

It’s an expansion of Amazon Web Services’ presence in northern Virginia, and economic development officials are hoping for hundreds of new jobs. Through a state grant, the company will be eligible to receive incentives of $7,000 per new job created once 600 people are hired. The grant provides funding for up to 1,500 new jobs.

AWS deals in lots of different areas from networking to application services to security. The so-called East operation also includes data centers, as shown by the February S3 outage that was traced to servers in Northern Virginia. However, it wasn’t immediately clear what specific jobs the expansion will bring.

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Stephen Babcock

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