Imagery satellite operator GeoEye of Dulles, Va., will relocate its headquarters within Virginia next year and plans to add 100 new jobs in the state over the next three years, the company said in an Oct. 12 press release.

GeoEye will invest $10 million to consolidate several Virginia facilities to a single location at the Dulles Corner Office Center in Herndon, the press release said. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell approved an $84,000 grant to assist GeoEye’s move; the company also considered moving its headquarters to Maryland and Colorado, the press release said. GeoEye spokesman Randy Scherago said 230 of the company’s 550 employees are located in Virginia.

The announcements come some two months after GeoEye was awarded a contract worth as much as $3.8 billion over 10 years to continue providing commercial satellite imagery and information products to the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.