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Press Release: Two national corporations open offices in Federal Way

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2009

MEDIA CONTACTS
Patrick Doherty
Economic Development Director
253.835.2612 or 206.854.4300

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications/Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Two national corporations open offices in Federal Way

A global leader in business process and information technology services and the new headquarters for an Alaska Native American-owned government services company are two businesses that have recently opened offices in Federal Way.

Affiliated Computer Services, headquartered in Dallas, has opened a call center that will serve clients nationwide. ACS provides business process outsourcing and IT services to commercial and government clients in more than 100 countries. Plans are to staff ACS's Federal Way office initially with about 250 employees, with the potential for future expansion.

The Doyon Government Group provides security, logistics, transportation, maintenance, construction and telecommunications services to federal agencies. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Doyon Limited -- one of 13 Alaska Native Regional Corporations established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 -- and one of Alaska’s major employers. Doyon Limited, located in Fairbanks, is the largest private landowner in Alaska and one of the largest private landowners in North America.

To attract new businesses such as ACS and Doyon, the City of Federal Way launched a new economic development initiative last fall -- Federal Way: For Businesses on the Move. The outreach relies on a strong public-private partnership involving City staff, the Federal Way
Chamber of Commerce, local building owners and leasing agents.

Businesses on the Move targets companies and organizations in certain key market sectors such as back-office operations, engineering firms, health care and the nonprofit community. These sectors were already well represented among businesses calling Federal Way home. The City mailed materials and produced a print ad and a short video as well as built an online resource center with a database of available office buildings and facilities.

ACS employs 70,000 people worldwide and its clients range from education and energy to government and health care. The company, which is leasing 18,500 square feet of office space in Federal Way, is scheduled to open in second quarter 2009.

Doyon Government Group has contracts with military bases in Washington State and hopes to provide similar services to other federal agencies. Its Federal Way headquarters, located at 33810 Weyerhaeuser Way S., opened its doors last month. Companywide, Doyon Government Group employs about 3,000 people.

"Federal Way is a great location for companies on the move," said Patrick Doherty, Federal Way's economic development director. "We have an ample selection of affordable office space, with many locations in park-like settings--lots of trees and natural light. And with no business-and-occupation tax or employee head tax, the cost of doing business here is one of the lowest in the region."

In addition to affordable office space and a favorable tax environment, the city also offers:

Strategic location. Companies value the city's central Puget Sound location between Seattle and Tacoma. Federal Way offers convenient highway access to I-5, I-90 and SR 18. The city's proximity to the state's capital and to the area's air and sea ports are also key selling points.

Companies that draw a large percentage of their employees from the South Sound and decide to open a Federal Way branch can save money on rent, and their employees get a shorter commute which can affect productivity and job satisfaction over time.

Readily available work force. Although the city is home to more than 55,000 residents of working age, only about two-thirds of those are employed in town, leaving a built-in pool of skilled workers who would be interested in new jobs closer to home.

Affordable housing, great recreational activities. Federal Way is the state’s eighth largest city with a population of 88,040. With more than five miles of Puget Sound shoreline and more than 825 acres of parkland, the city offers a variety of recreational opportunities, from hiking and biking to fishing and walking the beach. Its new community center has great classes and plenty of work-out and recreational amenities, including two pools and a climbing pinnacle.

For more information on Federal Way’s Businesses on the Move campaign, contact Patrick Doherty, 253.835.2612 or bizonthemove@cityoffederalway.com. Additional information can be found at www.cityoffederalway.com/bizonthemove.
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