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WASHINGTON — plans to add 500 employees to its Web Services business in Northern Virginia’s Fairfax County, further cementing the region’s Dulles corridor as a center for information technology and big data-storage companies.

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell made the announcement, highlighting the Seattle-based online retail giant’s growing role as a computer-storage provider through its Amazon Web Services (AWS) division, which the company established in 2006.

In a news release, McDonnell said Amazon will create a Herndon, Va. area office “to support engineering and services for commercial and government customers of AWS cloud services.”

The jobs are expected to pay an average of at least $100,000 a year.

A $500,000 state grant will assist Amazon’s recruitment and training, and Fairfax County will match the state contribution to improve roadways near the firm’s new headquarters.