The November 2005 announcement of construction plans for the Northrop Grumman Technical Call Center in Russell County, Virginia spurred optimism for the immediate contribution it will make to the county of approximately 30,000 citizens through the 433 new jobs it will create. It is anticipated that about 90 percent of these jobs will come from Russell, Wise, Tazewell, Washington, Buchanan and Dickenson counties. More important, this project will help transform a region of Virginia from one traditionally dependent on coal-mining and other natural resources to one built on information technology. The operation will be housed in a new building that will be constructed in the Cumberland Plateau Business/Technology Park at Lebanon. The cost of this facility is estimated at $22.8 million.