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Governor Northam Announces 25 New Jobs in the City of Covington

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Aeronyde Corporation, an industry leader in integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) into a safe and secure full-service commercial drone system, will invest $350,000 to establish a new drone operations command and control center in the City of Covington. Virginia successfully competed with California and Florida for the project, which will create 25 new jobs.

“Aeronyde Corporation’s new facility in the City of Covington is a welcome addition to the Roanoke region’s growing unmanned systems industry, which continues to create high-quality, 21st-century job opportunities for Virginia citizens,” said Governor Northam. “Our Commonwealth has the second-highest concentration of technology workers in the country and close proximity to major defense contractors in Washington, D.C. We are thrilled that Aeronyde has chosen Virginia as its launchpad for future innovation and have great confidence that the company will thrive in our Commonwealth.”

Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, Aeronyde Corporation is an aerial informatics solutions provider focused on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-based data acquisition and machine learning analysis technologies. The company provides aerial informatics to the energy, infrastructure, agriculture and forestry, and public safety industries using a drone nesting system. Aeronyde is one of only 14 companies in the United States approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). The company was also one of five North American Regional Finalists for the IBM Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge, a worldwide developer competition that seeks technology solutions for natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

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