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Governor Tim Kaine and governor-elect Bob McDonnell at the Fairfax County Government Center for the announcement that 415 high paying, biotech jobs are coming to Fairfax.
Jonathan Wilson
Governor Tim Kaine and governor-elect Bob McDonnell at the Fairfax County Government Center for the announcement that 415 high paying, biotech jobs are coming to Fairfax.

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia Governor Tim Kaine says Fairfax County will get 415 new jobs starting in January. This comes after a year that saw the states unemployment rate hit a 17 year high.

Governor Kaine joined local politicians in front of a large crowd inside the Fairfax County Government Center to announce 415 high paying, biotech jobs coming to Fairfax.

They'll come from the Ignite Institute, a new non-profit medical research center closely linked with Inova Health Systems.

Jerry Gordon, president of Fairfax County's Economic Development Authority calls Ignite's $200 million investment in Fairfax an economy changer.

"This is something that is going to create jobs, wealth, tax base, and renown for Fairfax County as this organization gets off the ground," Gordon said.

Also on hand was the governor-elect, Bob McDonnell. He says luring companies like Ignite help the state move away from its current 6.7 percent unemployment rate.

"Obviously, the best thing that we can do for all of our citizens is to find more projects like this to bring to VA to bring jobs and opportunity," McDonnell says.

The state gave the company 25 million dollars in incentive grants.

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