Gov. McAuliffe announces 732 new jobs, $8 million investment in Richmond from CoStar

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that CoStar Group, the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces, will invest $8.17 million in a new research and software development center in Richmond.

Virginia successfully competed against states in the Southeast and Midwest for this project, which will create 732 new jobs and have a total economic impact of $250 million via direct local salaries, lease on the property, and capital improvements at the facility, among other factors.

“We are thrilled to welcome CoStar Group to Virginia and to our capital city,” said McAuliffe. “This will be a transformational project for the City of Richmond and the greater metropolitan area, bringing a new, high-profile corporate partner and more than 700 high-paying jobs. With our outstanding technology infrastructure and our unparalleled higher education system, the Commonwealth is a hub for the IT sector and the perfect home for CoStar’s research operation. Today is a huge milestone for Richmond and for our efforts to diversify and build a new Virginia economy.”

“CoStar Group is one of the fastest-growing businesses in the country, and it is an honor that this company chose Virginia to house its research center,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “This project will broaden Richmond’s economy and capitalize on one of the Commonwealth’s greatest strengths—our highly ranked technology workforce, which accounts for more than 172,000 jobs. We look forward to watching CoStar Group’s success and welcome them to Virginia’s corporate roster.”

Founded in 1987, CoStar Group is the leading provider of commercial real estate information and marketplaces combining research, technology and powerful marketing to connect commercial real estate professionals with the data, insights, networking and leads they need to succeed. The company’s suite of brands includes CoStar, Apartments.com, LoopNet, LandsofAmerica and BizBuySell to name a few, and together it serves as the primary source of business intelligence and communities that fuel the real estate industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CoStar maintains offices throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Canada with a staff of approximately 3,000 worldwide, including the industry’s largest professional research organization.

“CoStar is excited to become an essential business partner to the City of Richmond and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Andrew Florance, CoStar Founder, and Chief Executive Officer. “This is an opportunity that allows us to expand our research and software development capabilities in a city that provides a highly educated labor pool, a superior quality of life for our employees and a culture that aligns to our business model.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Richmond and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. McAuliffe approved a $4 million grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Richmond with the project. CoStar Group is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“The fact that CoStar, the world’s leader in commercial real estate information, has chosen the City of Richmond as the location of its new research headquarters, says a lot about the quality of our workforce and our real estate,” said City of Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones. “The company’s 732 new, full-time employees, working in the heart of our central business district along the James River, will bring additional life to an increasingly thriving downtown. We look forward to partnering with CoStar through our Office of Community Wealth Building workforce programs and our multi-modal transportation initiatives to immediately promote new, high-quality jobs to our city’s citizens that will be available early calendar year 2017.”

“This is exciting news for the City of Richmond,” said Del. Jennifer McClellan. “CoStar Group is bringing hundreds of good-paying jobs to downtown and will have a great impact on our local economy. I am confident that with the City’s highly-skilled workforce and strong business climate, CoStar Group will be a fantastic Richmond success story.”

“I am so pleased and excited that CoStar chose Richmond,” said Sen. A. Donald McEachin. “They have made an excellent choice because Richmond is a wonderful city with so much to offer. Moreover, a new company, with hundreds of jobs to offer, will positively impact our community, bringing opportunity and economic development. I am confident that Richmond and CoStar will have a long and thriving relationship.”

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