Gov. Kaine joined by state, local, community and business leaders and Stefan Jacoby, president of Volkswagen Group of America, and other Volkswagen Group officials, on Sept. 18 celebrating the grand opening of Volkswagen Group of America's U.S. corporate headquarters in Herndon.
The company has invested more than $100 million and created 400 jobs for the local economy with the move to Herndon, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority reported.
Volkswagen Group's 185,000-square foot building in the Woodland Park business campus, three miles from Washington Dulles International Airport, also is the U.S. headquarters for Audi of America Inc., Audi Financial Services, Volkswagen Credit and other affiliated operations.
At the event, Volkswagen Group of America announced a $2.1 million philanthropic campaign of targeted support for educational entities in the Washington region. The funds will provide financial, educational and other needed resources to George Mason University, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College, Fairfax County Public Schools and the Excel Institute in Washington.
“We are happy to have this chance to give something back to our community. We work here, we live here, and we intend to give here,” Jacoby said.
“Volkswagen Group is a great company to have in Fairfax County, and its announcement today is yet another example of the benefits that economic development creates for our county and our region,” said Gerald Gordon, president of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “VW Group also gives us greater diversity in the economic base, and enhances the county's renown as a world-class business community.”