LEBANON, Va., July 17, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Return to Roots and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) have announced a cooperative partnership to enhance Northrop Grumman's recruitment efforts for its Lebanon, Va., facility. Northrop Grumman will advertise all job openings for the Lebanon facility, including the facility manager position, on the Return to Roots web site, www.ReturnToRoots.org .

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine launched the Return to Roots initiative on Sept. 18, 2006. Since then, the non-profit initiative funded by a Tobacco Commission Special Projects grant, has received 500 registrants who want to return to southwest Va. from 26 states, Canada and the Middle East. The web site, www.ReturnToRoots.org , is a resource for businesses and those seeking employment in the area.

"If you work in or are passionate about the IT industry, now is the time to return to southwest Virginia," said Carl E. Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of Virginia Economic Bridge, Inc., the program management organization for Return to Roots. "The Return to Roots organization will strengthen Northrop Grumman's ability to attract and retain quality employees in southwest Virginia."

The full position description for Northrop Grumman's facility manager can be found at www.ReturnToRoots.org . Interested applicants should log in as a career seeker to view the full position description, which is classified as a program manager 3.

"Northrop Grumman is working with Return to Roots by tapping into the large number of people who have an interest in returning to southwest Virginia," said Hugh Taylor, president of the Commercial, State and Local group of Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector. "We are impressed with the level of interest as well as the quality and quantity of resumes we have received thus far."

Www.ReturnToRoots.org allows former residents from the region, employers and those who live locally to access Northrop Grumman's job opportunities in the area.

Anyone interested in a job opportunity with Northrop Grumman is invited to register to the site, upload their resume and follow the directions on applying.

  CONTACT:  Virginia Economic Bridge, Inc.
          Carl Mitchell, CEO & President
            (540) 831-6398 or (540) 357-2489
            cmitchel@VEBInc.org
          Susan Dickerson
            (540) 831-6389
            sdickerson@VEBInc.org

          Jeff Orschel
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
          (703) 336-2630
          Jeffrey.orschel@ngc.com