I’m not going to lie: It took me about nine hours to come up with that headline today. I lost three clients in the process but I think we can all agree it was worth it. At a Reston Town Center event this morning, Google Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf and Federal Sales head Mike Bradshaw were on hand to announce in fact that the search behemoth has some new turf in Reston – 15,000 square feet of it to be exact.
The Google team has made its mark inside the Beltway since launching the DC office several months ago, and the Reston office signals the extent to which tangible inroads have been made in extending and re-packaging the company’s offerings – which include Google Search Appliance, Google Earth Enterprise and Google Maps for Enterprise – for government users.
For the 30 Googlers who will be working hard in the new Reston office, good news: The popular massage chair that has become a fixture in the DC office will be available in Reston, as will the catered lunches and game room. The new office is another notch in the ‘W’ column for the Fairfax County EDA, which continues to work diligently in attracting the most innovative companies to the region. Google will also reach beyond its office space and into the community through philanthropic partnerships with Fairfax County Public Schools and with Reston Interfaith, a nonprofit social services organization that serves northern Virginia.