The room was electric last Wednesday when Governor Terry McAuliffe, Nestlé President of Corporate Affairs Paul Bakus and County Board Chair Jay Fisette took the stage from the 33rd floor of 1812 North Moore to celebrate the announcement that Nestlé USA would be relocating its headquarters from Glendale, California, to Rosslyn.
This major victory for Virginia, Arlington County and Rosslyn was the culmination of more than a year of hard work and negotiating. Arlington County Government (including Arlington Economic Development), the Governor's Office, Virginia's Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Monday Properties and the Rosslyn BID all contributed toward bringing this major global brand to the neighborhood.
Nestlé will bring 750 jobs to the region and become the first tenant of 1812, a trophy-class building that is the tallest in the D.C. area. They will occupy floors 27 through 35, which represent roughly 40 percent of the building.
The news received major positive coverage among local and national media. Read highlights here.
View our Facebook photo album of the day's events here.
It was also a focus of significant attention on social media, where many live-tweeted from the event and offered a warm welcome to Nestlé:
Welcome @NestleUSA! We are thrilled that you chose @ArlingtonVA for your new headquarters!
—Arlington Economic Development (@AEDBizInvest)
The meaning of life *is* chocolate. Welcome, @NestleUSA, to @RosslynVA @ArlingtonVA! Thanks for bringing jobs (and chocolate) to NoVa!
—Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer)
I spoke on the floor today-candy bar in hand-to congratulate @GovernorVA on yesterday's @NestleUSA announcement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rQBNxOu_qY&feature=youtu.be
—Rip Sullivan (@RipSullivan48)
Welcome to Virginia @NestleUSA! #NewVaEconomy
—Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA)
A big thanks for @GovernorVA for the warm welcome to a special state and community!
—Nestle USA (@NestleUSA)