Washington, D.C., not only serves as the political heart of the United States but also offers a diverse range of business opportunities.
The Washington metropolitan area, often coined the DC, Maryland & Virginia (DMV) area, has a population of 6.2 million, making it the sixth-largest area in the US. The city is most famous for its political position in the world, however, the DC metro area is home to more than 1,000 internationally owned companies. It is a thriving market place for ideas and innovation, due in part to the opportunities for federal contracting and the high percentage of college graduates.
There is a vibrant startup culture in the city and D.C. ranks among the top 20 global startup ecosystems. Cybersecurity startups have increasingly located themselves in the area and can draw on a regional population of cyber-related engineers three times larger than the rest of the country combined.
Many Dutch companies have found their way to DC and have an office that includes their US government relations team, such as Philips, Aegon-Transamerica, Shell, Heineken, and Signify.
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