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The high-tech industry in Northern Virginia brought in hundreds of millions in stimulus money.
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The high-tech industry in Northern Virginia brought in hundreds of millions in stimulus money.

According to a database compiled by ProPublica, Northern Virginia's high-tech corridor has brought in hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus money. Contracts have been awarded for companies to create accounting software, database management and a national student loan database.

The board overseeing stimulus spending even hired a contractor to create part of its Web site. Spokesman Edward Pound says, "We retained a company called Smartronics, which developed Recovery 2.0, the second version of Recovery.gov."

Fairfax City and Arlington received the most stimulus money per capita in Northern Virginia, almost twice as much as Fairfax County or Alexandria. Most of the stimulus dollars in Northern Virginia was delivered to Congressman Jim Moran's district.

"I know the folks in my congressional district watch what the government is doing. They believe that stimulus was important. They have positioned themselves in the industries that the economy needs to focus on in the future," Moran says.

The incoming Congress will decide the fate of about $200 billion in stimulus money that has yet to be paid out.

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