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By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, Governor Tim Kaine visited Fairfax to announce hundreds of high-paying jobs coming the county's way.

The jobs, 415 of them, will come from a new non-profit medical research center called the Ignite Institute. Geneticist Dr. Dietrich Stephan is the company's founder and CEO. He told a crowd of hundreds inside Fairfax County's Government Center that Fairfax, with its well-educated workforce and proximity to the federal government, was really the only place for a facility like Ignite.

Governor Kaine pointed out that Virginia already leads the country in technology jobs per capita, but he says Ignite's decision to come to Fairfax marks a new era.

Governor-Elect McDonnell says he's confident the state's $25 million incentive grant to the Ignite Institute is an excellent investment.

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