The staff at business software company Unanet cut the ribbon on their new Sterling office space Tuesday afternoon. At the same time, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the firm will invest $1.67 million to expand its Loudoun County operations.
Virginia competed against Alabama, California, Florida, Maryland, and Tennessee for the project, the governor’s office said. Sixty more jobs are expected.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership will support Unanet with the training of up to 38 new jobs through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, providing consultating services and funding create jobs and support employee training activities.
“We’re proud of our Loudoun roots and are excited to continue our strong relationship with the county,” stated CEO Fran Craig. “Since Unanet opened its doors, we have had a focus on bringing technology careers to the community. Unlike many others in the space, we are committed to locating all of our software development right here in the United States, specifically Loudoun County.”
“Growing information technology companies like Unanet continue to recognize the benefits of the Commonwealth’s robust tech workforce, cutting-edge training programs, and competitive business climate,” McAuliffe stated. “Loudoun County has become a world-class center for emerging IT and software development, facilitating Unanet’s success since it was founded nearly 30 years ago. As we continue to diversify and build the new Virginia economy, it is vital that we support existing businesses and growth industries, like IT, which help drive the economic vitality of the Commonwealth.”
Unanet’s ERP software allows clients to provide resource management, budgeting and forecasting, project management, timesheets, expense reports, project accounting, billing, workforce collaboration, customer relationship management, and financials in an integrated system. With the expansion, the company will hire additional developers, analysts, marketers, and engineers to continue to serve its growing client base, which currently includes more than 1,000 organizations.
“We congratulate Unanet on growing its workforce by more than 50 percent with the expansion of its operation in Loudoun County,” Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore stated. “Computer systems design and related services account for more than half of the total technology employment in the Commonwealth, and Unanet is an important contributor to this sector. Virginia’s first-rate higher education system will continue to deliver a robust pipeline of talent to Unanet and others creating more jobs and economic opportunities for our citizens.”