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Government software company Cloudpermit is making NoVa its new home

The digital permit company is making Reston home to its North American headquarters, and intends to hire 10 people by the end of 2021. CEO Jan Pawli credited the region's tech talent and the warm welcome from Virginia officials.

Members of the Cloudpermit team in Reston. (Courtesy photo)

Put another win down for NoVa in the books, because it scored yet another company making the region its headquarters (Other recent transplants include Starkist Tuna, SimilarWeb and, oh yeah, Amazon).

Software company Cloudpermit announced last week that Reston, Virginia, would be the home of its North American headquarters. The company, which was founded in Finland but hosts additional offices in Toronto and Chicago, develops cloud-based, e-permitting software for local government building departments.

“Virginia has the highest concentration of tech talent in the U.S. and thousands of tech companies have made Fairfax County home, so we are delighted to join this incredible and growing business hub,” said Jan Pawli, Cloudpermit’s CEO, in a statement. “We are proud to have our North American headquarters in Reston as it is a fantastic opportunity for Cloudpermit to expand and help even more local governments digitalize development processes.”

Cloudpermit said that the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the state’s development authority, and Fairfax County Economic Development Authority were a key part of its decision to move. Although it currently has 10 employees working out of the Reston office, Cloudpermit said it plans to double its team by the end of the year in conjunction with this announcement.

“Virginia is a leader in tech jobs, and we’re happy to announce it has brought another company to the Commonwealth as Cloudpermit, a global leader in e-permitting software, has chosen to establish its U.S. headquarters here,” said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in a statement. “Virginia’s continued growth in the software sector creates jobs, spurs innovation, and supports our booming economy. Virginia and Fairfax County have a diverse roster of international companies, and we are pleased to welcome Cloudpermit to their new home in Virginia.”

According to Cloudpermit, it works with close to 500 local governments in the US and Europe to help smooth the digital permitting process, and uses tech to encourage collaboration among the permit applicants and government officials.

The Cloudpermit team met Northam and a delegation this spring in Germany.

“The personal involvement from key leaders in Virginia and learning how other businesses are thriving in Fairfax County from the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority gave us the confidence we needed to choose Reston as the base for our growing team,” Pawli said.


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