Arlington is well known as an excellent place to locate your business as well as one of the best cities in the country to work. In fact, it has been named one of the best cities for recent college grads, the city where women are most successful and one of the hardest working cities in America.
When deciding where to work in Arlington it helps to understand the two major business corridors that run through the County. There is the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor, or commonly known as the R-B Corridor, which encompasses five of Arlington’s urban villages connected via Metro, each with their own distinct flavor, and the National Landing Corridor which is anchored by Amazon’s new Arlington headquarters and is made up of Arlington’s Crystal City and Pentagon City neighborhoods. Additionally, the Columbia Pike and Shirlington neighborhoods house a variety of successful Arlington businesses.
The core of activity in Arlington, the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor (a.k.a. R-B Corridor) is a stretch of five Arlington urban villages connected via Metro: Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon, Virginia Square and Ballston. In 1960, when a new regional rail system was being planned, County officials conducted extensive studies and gathered community input to design a plan that concentrated the densest development within walking distance of the Metro stations. Once complete, this plan acted as a guide for each urban village, establishing goals for public improvement, urban design, retail locations, infrastructure and open space. The plan has led to a convenient, walkable thoroughfare which includes a business center, government center, center for dining and nightlife, cultural and educational center and a vibrant downtown.
The skyscrapers of Rosslyn define Arlington’s majestic skyline. With towering office buildings and luxury condominiums, this urban village has been at the cutting edge of development. Just across the Key Bridge from Washington, D.C., Rosslyn is the gateway to Arlington and Virginia. Two decades ago planners envisioned Rosslyn as a competitive, first-class urban center with superior architecture and excellent urban design and today that vision has been realized.
Rosslyn is a thriving commercial center and many well-known businesses have offices there. A few key companies doing business in Rosslyn include:
The Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) provides high-quality, customer-oriented services designed to define, enhance and continually improve Rosslyn for those who work, live, visit and do business there. The BID sponsors and coordinates over 200 events every year which range from fitness activities, like the Marine Corps Marathon, to movies in the park, to pop-up beer gardens and concerts.
Courthouse is the center of Arlington County Government which includes the courts, police department, and offices for most County services. Surrounding the urban government center is a mix of residential, office and commercial space and includes many dining and entertainment options.
Although Courthouse began as a center of government, it is now home to a number of new and innovative companies. A few key companies doing business in Courthouse include:
Clarendon is a walkable neighborhood featuring an eclectic mix of upscale businesses and mom-and-pop shops, bars, restaurants, office buildings, public art, open space and quaint residential neighborhoods. With a reputation for its great diversity of dining options and lively nightlife, Clarendon is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
Planning efforts have helped Clarendon to become an easily accessible and attractive community which is appealing to both companies and their employees. A few key companies doing business in Clarendon include:
Virginia Square offers a unique blend of education and arts. Here you’ll find George Mason University’s Arlington campus, the Arlington Arts Center, luxury residential developments, single-family homes and expansive parks, all within walking distance of the Virginia Square Metro.
Seeing the benefit of locating at a center for education and culture, many companies are proud to call Virginia Square home. A few key companies and organizations doing business in Virginia Square include:
Ballston is a thriving neighborhood anchored by Ballston Quarter, a vibrant live-work-play development which combines shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife. In addition, Ballston is a hub for innovation, boasting one of the nation’s highest concentrations of scientific research agencies, as well as, Marymount University, the Virginia Tech Research Center and The George Washington University.
As Arlington’s hub of innovation it is obvious why so many company choose to locate here. A few key companies and organizations doing business in Ballston include:
The Ballston Business Improvement District (BID) imagines and implements innovative programs, partnerships and collaborations that bring people together, create a sense of community and strengthen the economic vitality of Ballston’s businesses and commercial partners. By focusing on impactful placemaking efforts the BID has molded Ballston into the unique, amenity-rich destination that it is.
Overlooking the nation's capital, National Landing is at the heart of the action. This vibrant, transit-rich location spans across three urban villages, Pentagon City and Crystal City in Arlington County and Potomac Yard in the City of Alexandria. National Landing features 3 Metrorail stations, 30 Capital Bikeshare Stations, 60 acres of parks and green space and over 150 restaurants, shops and attractions. It is the ultimate in live, work and play.
Crystal City is a popular place for large employers and technology companies to call home. A few key companies doing business in Crystal City include:
In November 2018, Amazon announced that it would be locating a second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia and, more specifically, in National Landing. Amazon plans to invest $2.5 billion to establish its new headquarters, creating over 25,000 jobs. In addition, Virginia and the local jurisdictions have committed to increased investments in K-12 and higher education, transportation and housing.
In addition to the Metro-accessible R-B Corridor and National Landing Corridor are Arlington's Columbia Pike and Shirlington neighborhoods. Although not directly accessible via Metro, both are centrally located within the County and can be easily reached by alternative public transportation methods or by car.
Columbia Pike reflects Arlington's diversity with its unique blend of businesses, housing, local shops. Often described as Arlington's "Main Street," the Pike stretches for more than three miles across Arlington.
Shirlington is anchored by a lively pedestrian promenade boasting popular cafés, restaurants, shops and entertainment options. Employees in Shirlington enjoy a beautiful setting with several parks, a dog park and a library.