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Apple Eyes Fairfax County As Arlington Lands Amazon

by TysonsReporter.com November 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm 12 Comments

There may be even more upside for Fairfax County from Arlington and Alexandria’s Amazon HQ2 win.

With Amazon set to bring tens of thousands of jobs to the Crystal City area, Apple is now looking elsewhere for a large East Coast outpost.

The Washington Post reported in May that Apple was looking at sites in Crystal City, Loudoun County and the planned Scotts Run development in Tysons. The would-be Apple campus would house 20,000 employees, according to the Post.

But Arlington and Crystal City are now out of the running, according to Arlington Economic Development Director Victor Hoskins.

Though the Loudoun option remains, we’re told that Apple is looking “seriously” at Fairfax County.

Gerry Gordon, Fairfax’s top economic development official, declined to comment on the Apple news. Via a spokesman, Gordon told Tysons Reporter that it is his policy not to talk about company moves until it’s made official.

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  • John

    There are so many localities around the country that could really benefit from the economic shot in the arm that either Apple or Amazon could provide. The DC area doesn’t really need a booster shot.

    The Tyson’s area has dozens of Fortune 500 corporate headquarters and other significant corporate presences already.

    I guess the only problem with all those other localities is they’re dominated by Republican politics so they don’t have quite the educated employment base compared to places like the DC area. You can either defund public education to win elections or have an educated work force that attracts world class corporate jobs. One or the other. It’s an easy choice for some, but daunting for others.

  • Two words to describe your post:pompous and condescending. Even though using both words is superfluous, I think it was warranted.

  • THernandez

    Your statement is ironic as it shows you rely on emotion rather than fact and education to form a basis of opinion. Flint Michigan voted Democratic for 84 years, Detroit has been Democratically controlled since the late 50’s and it has one of the highest levels of poverty of any city in the country. In Chicago, the Democrats have controlled our third largest city since the 1920s and it has one of the worst crime and public school systems in the country. St. Louis has elected all Democrats since the 1940s and had the third highest crime rate and 6th for poverty. Democrats have controlled Philly and Baltimore since the 1950s and as I former resident, I can say that no one voluntarily sends their kids to public school. I could keep going but I am sure you see where this is going. Your statement perfectly illustrates why this country is so divided; it is wrong and inaccurate to bucket an entire group of our country (more than half of our citizens) and associate your anger against a political party with their level of intelligence. Public education has been a broken model for decades and it seems to be worse in large cities that Democrats have historically controlled. You can campaign forever about an issue, but actually doing something about it and demonstrating serious improvements takes action and focus…something the Democrats quickly forget the minute they are elected. I also recommend reading some books as to why the government is poorly equipped to manage our educational system and why it would be better privatized.

  • John

    I guess your logic is that the Republicans do not defund education and divert tax dollars from education to private for-profit educational corporations because some Democratic controlled areas have problems with poverty and poorly funded education too.

    Let’s not even consider the fact that the Republican controlled states that those “liberal inner cities” (nudge nudge, wink wink) reside in have more control over the direction of tax dollars into education and poverty mitigation programs than the localities do.

  • John

    I was going for condescending because it is so easy to do with the severely uneducated right wingers.

    Of course, I only ever get called arrogant by insecure people who feel inferior to me.

  • THernandez

    You are confused. No, that is not my logic. My point is simply this: 1) Your comment is ignorant and demonstrates that your hate for another political party outweighs facts and common sense. I would never lump all Democrats or Independents into a broad bucket as you have with Republicans. 2) I believe Democrats and Republicans equally care and want their citizens to be well educated. I’ve never met any reasonable person who believes that an uneducated population is better off than one that is well educated. 3) I believe that your confusion may partially stem from the fact that you falsely believe that public education is the only educational path available and therefore should receive endless amounts of tax dollars. Let’s look at Arlington county, the avg cost/student is approx $ 19,340 as of last year. I have friends who work in the school districts and they tell me story after story about how much money is wasted on programs, software, hardware simply because if they don’t spend it, they are afraid their budgets will be cut. We are talking millions of dollars every year wasted on stuff that isn’t needed and doesn’t benefit the students or the staff. It seems like a lot of politicians are content with raising taxes under the guise of “better education” while Republicans are attacked because they demand accountability and discipline to protect against fraud and waste. Protecting against fraud and waste and expecting the school system to be good stewards of our tax dollars should not be confused with a desire to have an uneducated population. Also, Republicans at the national level are the ones pushing for school choice so parents who suffer from poor public school options can use credits/rebates to send their children to charter schools.

  • John

    You claim that Republicans want accountability and “discipline” and all those other positive things but I have never once seen a Republican policy do that. All I have ever seen from Republican legislation is hamfisted diversions of tax dollars to secular and for-profit education.

    Of course I don’t believe public education is the be-all and end-all. But it should at least be the minimum from which we can have a cohesive society, and private education for those who choose to pay out of their own pockets will always be an option.

    I went to private school. My parents actually had to take out loans to send me and my sister to private schools. I never once heard my parents gripe like the whiny right wingers about how they should either not have to pay taxes for public school because they were paying for their children’s educations, or that they should get some sort of voucher. And my father is a West Pointer, was in 1st Brigade 101st ABN as the first US based ground troops sent to Vietnam in July of 1965 and he served for almost 25 years after that. He shakes his head as the selfishness pervading today’s “conservatives.”

    You don’t pay taxes so your kids can go to school. You pay taxes so your community has a good school so you don’t end up with shiftless reject layabouts committing crimes. If you divide up the school budget per student and then believe that you are entitled to that “per capita” as a voucher to send your kids to a private school, you’re just a greedy selfish prick, basically.

    Republicans simply want to undermine education while enriching the people who run for-profit schools because some of those people donate massively to the Republican party. Some of them donate so much that they get appointed to head the Department of Education, even while they hold shares in for-profit education companies.

  • John

    I stand by my original comment, BTW.

    From Wikipedia’s page at wiki/Dulles_Technology_Corridor

    The Dulles Technology Corridor has access to a highly educated workforce. Of adults aged 25 and over, 58.2% in Fairfax County[10] and 57.6% in Loudoun County[11] have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 28.2% for the U.S. as a whole.[12]

  • John

    I don’t know if you understand that part of the reason some larger “inner city” schools, as well as in places like Fairfax and Arlington Counties, have higher per student costs has more to do with the higher cost burdens in those more expensive areas, not wasteful spending.

    These anecdotes from a couple of Joes talking over beers about how the government is always screwing us, never doing anything right and wasting all our money, aside, Fairfax or Arlington county has to purchase land to build a school just like a school district in El Paso or Des Moines, but the cost per acre could be 2, 5 even 10 times higher in this area.

    They also have to pay their teachers more since it costs more to live around here. We all don’t live in Mayberry. We can’t all pay the Mayberry dime store prices.

  • Ahmed Mobeen

    Very good analysis John.

  • Aaron Rumery

    Don’t feed the troll.

  • Arlington Robin

    Late to the commentary, but this is another reason states and localities need to invest in education. I lived in states that were (and still are) racing to the bottom in their efforts to cut public education (unless it had something to do with the football coach). They were never seriously considered by Amazon (and probably not Googe) and even if they put up $10B in subsidies, they are unable to attract businesses that rely on highly educated and skilled personnel (I know this from direct experience).

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