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About the Dulles Region

Welcome to the Dulles Region!

For at least the last decade, we have given the nod to the Dulles Region as bright with possibilities.  We are pleased to announce that it has now come of age as the economic center of the future for Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth itself.  The Dulles Region extends across western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun Counties, and encompasses a wide circle extending outward eight miles from the new tower at Dulles International Airport.  Within that circle sit Dulles, Herndon, Reston, Chantilly, Sterling, Ashburn, South Riding and parts of Centreville, Fair Oaks and Oakton.  Almost half of the two counties’ foreign companies have settled in the Dulles Region, along with a host of home-grown companies that together yield an economic powerhouse. Read More...

Economic View through the Fairfax Lens
Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., President, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

A recent study documents well the dynamism of the business community of the area surrounding Washington Dulles International Airport. I want to highlight the benefits of the economic transformation of this vital region.

It didn’t seem likely when it opened in 1962, but the airport has become one of the most important assets for generating job growth, wealth creation and a commercial tax base in Fairfax County, which is the economic engine of the Washington area and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Many companies want to be near an international airport because of the connections it offers to markets in this country and around the world. Likewise, northern Virginia companies that want to export their services and goods have far better access to the rest of the world. Read More...

An Economic View through the Loudoun Lens
By Larry Rosenstrauch, Director of Loudoun County Economic Development Commission

Look at the area around Washington Dulles International Airport, radiating outward from the intersection of Routes 28 and 267, and bounded roughly by Wiehle Avenue, and Routes 7, 50, and 772 (the last planned Metrorail stop past Dulles). Within these boundaries, you’ll see landmark businesses, destination retail, nationally acclaimed attractions, and high quality mixed-use communities. Let’s call this place Dulles Crossroads. Could this place, almost like a city with an international airport at its center, be marketed to the world? Well, for the last several years, this is what I have been wondering. Read More...


In assessing net worth, it is advisable to analyze the object as a whole and as the sum of its parts.  When we speak of the Dulles Region, we discover a lot of astonishing facts.  The Dulles Region services 45% of the office market for the two counties combined.  On the retail side, the Dulles Region has at its ready 18,888,053 sf, heavily subscribed with only a 4% vacancy and with a 30% share of the two counties retail. On the industrial side, the area offers 15,052,573 sf of necessary support services, amounting to 25% share of Loudoun and Fairfax. Read More...


The basic building blocks for any kind of measurement are the people themselves.  In terms of population estimates for 2005, the Dulles Region sits second behind Fairfax County as the most populous and over four times as large as the Tysons Corner area. The data also reveals we have the youngest population, averaging 33.5 years. Read More...


The Airport  named for John Foster Dulles, Eisenhower’s Secretary of State, has blossomed into the economic engine of Northern Virginia.  When it opened in the middle of the cow farms back in 1962, it serviced 15,846 domestic travelers that first year. Last year it saw twenty-five million annual travelers make Dulles one of the world’s busiest airports, with travel to 88 domestic routes and 22 international destinations from Berlin to Beijing. Today it services over 18 million domestic and 6 million international passengers, a number that is poised to increase dramatically in the next few years. Read More...


To the south is Centreville, offering a blend of the old and the new with an historic district, modern homes, ethnic shopping malls, Bull Run Regional Park and a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On the eastern edge sit Oakton and Fair Oaks, the latter known for its major shopping mall. Read More...


The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce is proactively engaged in branding the Dulles Region.  That branding has lagged, due to the Region’s split across county lines.  In this branding effort, the Chamber has enlisted the assistance of Dr. Stephen Fuller, Director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. Read the dulles-region-data-book_032210.pdf


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