Leaders Seek to Bring FBI HQ to Maryland

Maryland Chamber Chairman Thomas Graham of Pepco Holdings Inc. and President/CEO Kathy Snyder joined Maryland’s top elected leaders this week to lend the Chamber’s support to efforts to bring the new FBI Headquarters to Prince George’s County.

“Moving the FBI to Prince George’s County is one of the Maryland Chamber’s top priorities. Not only will it bring thousands of high paying jobs to our state, it would also augment our role as the cyber security center of the country,” Snyder said.

In November, the General Services Administration (GSA) formally opened the process for finding a location to build a new campus for an FBI headquarters. The project will require 50 acres of property within two miles of a Metro station and within two-and-a-half miles of the Capital Beltway. Prince George’s County is the only jurisdiction in Maryland that has submitted bids for the FBI relocation. The state’s top political leaders rallied behind the slogan, “We’re All In,” during an event this week that highlighted why Prince George’s County is the best site to relocate the FBI.

Leaders touted the county’s strategic location and highly educated work force. Prince George’s County has the region’s largest developable land inventory and the largest number of Metro stations that are primed for transit-oriented development.  They also said that the FBI would benefit from the many federal and academic throughout the region, including leading cybersecurity and defense facilities and world class public and private universities.

“When you consider the cost of operations, security needs, convenience of location for staff, and transportation options – the right choice is Prince George’s County,” Senator Barbara Mikulski said. “By bringing the FBI to Maryland, we would be bringing thousands of jobs and thousands of economic opportunities to communities throughout Prince George’s County.”

Many elected leaders were on had to lend their support to the effort, including  Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Senator Ben Cardin, Representative Steny Hoyer, Representative Donna F. Edwards, as well as members of the Prince George’s County’s State delegation and County Council.

“I am proud that Prince George’s County has the support of the entire State leadership for this effort and that we are ‘all in’ and determined to succeed. I am confident that this County will soon be known as ‘Home to the FBI,’” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.

Learn more here. View pictures from the event here.

Legislative Issues Tag: Competitiveness

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