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Arlington Economic Development

Arlington Economic Development (AED) is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of an economically competitive and sustainable community, and the creation of exciting, diverse and amenity-rich places. AED provides visionary leadership and superior services to Arlington’s business community, its tourism industry and its real estate development.

AED is comprised of the following operating groups:

Arlington Cultural Affairs

Arlington Cultural Affairs creates an environment that encourages innovation and excellence within the Arlington arts community. A national model for regional arts support, Cultural Affairs provides programs and services that build community and transform lives by enhancing enjoyment and understanding of, and participation in, the arts. The unit also includes Artisphere, Arlington’s urban arts center that features four distinct performance venues, three visual art galleries, a 4,000 square foot ballroom, and a free Wi-Fi town square. With intimate co-located spaces and multiple programs occurring simultaneously, Artisphere was designed as a space where people and art collide. With programming ranging from contemporary visual art, Shakespeare, late-night dance parties, and multi-cultural film fests to spoken word, chamber music, family programs and more, the wide array of offerings are as diverse as its audience, and are presented in a fresh and less formal environment. For more information, visit www.arlingtonarts.org and www.artisphere.com.

Arlington Convention & Visitors Service

Arlington Convention and Visitors Service (ACVS) promotes Arlington as the best place to stay when visiting the Washington, D.C. region. Positioning Arlington to individual leisure and business travelers, as well as to professional meeting planners, ACVS acts as an information clearinghouse, a meeting management consultant and a destination marketing and promotional agency.

Visit the Arlington Convention & Visitors Service Web site, www.stayarlington.com.

Business Investment Group

The Business Investment Group (BIG) offers a wide array of services to welcome and support start-ups, relocating and existing businesses and nonprofits. BIG professionals serve as liaisons between business, the real estate community and other Arlington County departments to find creative solutions which optimize their experience in Arlington.

Real Estate Development Group

The Real Estate Development Group (REDG) provides technical assistance on commercial office, retail and hotel development opportunities within Arlington. It monitors competitive market conditions and structures and manages a variety of public-private partnerships. REDG also provides advice and assistance on enhancing the appearance of commercial properties, and serves as a liaison between the development community and Arlington County government agencies.

Services Provided by AED Include:

  • Community development updates
  • Competitive industry trends and intelligence
  • Economic/demographic trends and business tax and analysis
  • County-sponsored research on emerging business and industry trends
  • Public brand building and exposure
  • Awards nomination and recognition opportunities
  • Meeting and conference location specialists
  • Site location and expansion facilitation
  • Benefits and incentives for eligible businesses
  • Planning, permitting, and zoning liaisons for complex projects


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