Upper Marlboro, MD –
Last week, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III signed CR-3-2012
, a Resolution concerning federal leased office space for the purpose of urging the federal government to locate new headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and/or other federal leased office space in Prince George’s County. The County Executive also announces the formation of an inter-agency task force that will regularly meet and analyze possible sites in the County that are in accordance to the United State Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Resolution
that authorizes the General Services Administration (GSA) to pursue a private sector lease for a new FBI headquarters.
“Prince George’s County has several locations that are perfect for the FBI,” said Baker. “I want to thank the Prince George’s County Council for their engagement and collaboration on this critical issue. Along with our Congressional delegation, we are approaching this process as a united front and will demonstrate to the federal government that Prince George’s County should be the new home and headquarters for the FBI.”
Proposed by the County Executive Baker and Prince George’s County Council Chair Andrea Harrison (D) – District 5, CR-03-2012 declares that the County is prepared to be a partner with the GSA and the private sector in utilizing appropriate economic incentives, to facilitate the location or relocation of Federal agencies to Prince George’s County and that the Clerk of the Council shall transmit signed copies of this Resolution to the Maryland Congressional Delegation, the FBI, the GSA, the Governor of Maryland, the Prince George's County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.
“We appreciate the leadership of County Executive Baker and the opportunity to work together to attract federal leasing to Prince George’s County. Home to 15 Metro stops, Prince George’s County is well positioned with a host of available resources and other inducements to accommodate the needs of the FBI and other federal agencies. We want our federal partners to call Prince George’s County home,” comments Council Chair Harrison.
CR-03-2012 highlights that preliminary determinations suggest that the FBI will be seeking a consolidated, high security campus near Metro Stations and the Capital Beltway, housing as many as 11,000 government workers, representing one of the most important economic development opportunities in this region. Prince George’s County is the home to 15 Metro Stations, and has more development opportunities near such stations than any other jurisdiction in the region. Additionally, more than 25% of the Federal workforce in the National Capital Region resides in Prince George’s County; but currently less than 5% of the region’s Federal office space is located in Prince George’s County.
The County also recognizes the important role of the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Public Works in passing a similarly worded resolution and encourages the members of that committee to act expeditiously. In that capacity, the County announces that it has recently retained the services of Holland and Knight, LLP to lobby the federal government on behalf of Prince George’s County.
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