The Worldgate Plaza IV business center is located in Herndon, within a significant hi-tech corridor that stretches from Virginia into Washington DC. The area boasts a dynamic network of leading universities, innovative firms, major research centers and federal technology agencies. It also has a very high quality of life, seen as essential if businesses are to attract and retain the best employees. Its proximity to Washington means that businesses in the area can access foreign embassies, government agencies, international business and financial institutions, and other organizations that can provide vital help in accessing American and other markets. The area attracts overseas investors and there are an estimated 355 foreign-owned firms in the area. The largest number of these investors tend to come from the United Kingdom. Businesses in the center are among more than 1,300 business establishments in this zip code, with a bias towards professional, scientific and technical services.