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County, State and National Leaders Unite for “We’re All In: Bringing the FBI to Prince George’s County” Rally

March 24, 2014 | Upper Marlboro, MD – Today, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III was joined by Governor Martin O’Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Senator Ben Cardin, Representative Steny Hoyer, Representative Donna F. Edwards, Prince George’s House Delegation Chair Jolene Ivy, Prince George’s Senate Delegation Chair Doug Peters and Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel Franklin as well as members of the County Council and other elected officials to promote Prince George's County as the best choice for the relocation of the new and consolidated Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters. For photos from this event, please click here. 

In November, the General Services Administration (GSA) formally opened the process for finding a location to build a new campus for an FBI headquarters specifying that it had to be 50 acres of property within two miles of a Metro station and within two-and-a-half miles of the Capital Beltway.  The new FBI headquarters is estimated to be a $2 billion economic development project and home to 11,000 jobs.  Prince George’s County is the only jurisdiction in Maryland that has submitted bids for the FBI relocation.  

Officials highlighted that Prince George’s County, Maryland is the best site for the relocation of the FBI due to the County’s strategic location, competitive land and lease pricing, considerable federal and academic resources as well as being what is best for the region in terms of fair and equitable distribution of federal job opportunities in the Metropolitan Washington, DC Region. 

“Competition for the new FBI headquarters amongst our neighbors and friends will be fierce,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  “However, it is clear that the best deal for the U.S. taxpayers, the best choice for smart regional growth, and the best decision to mitigate regional traffic congestion is for the GSA to locate the new FBI Headquarters in Prince George’s County.  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.”    

Based on commuting data, it is estimated Maryland residents comprise 43% of the FBI’s current downtown headquarters employees (compared to 33% for Virginia and 17% for the District of Columbia).  The State is already home to some of the nation’s foremost national security institutions such as Fort Meade, the U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency, Joint Base Andrews, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Cyber Security Center of Excellence, Department of Defense’s Cyber Crime Center, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Defense Information Systems Agency, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Aberdeen Proving Ground, and the FBI’s Innocent Images National Initiative. 

"With proximity to multiple transit options, federal assets like CyberCommand and research institutions like the University of Maryland, Greenbelt offer a phenomenal strategic advantage for the FBI consolidated headquarters," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "Our commitment to strengthening and growing the middle class has never been stronger. We'll continue working with our partners in Prince George’s County and in Congress to bring this federal asset to Maryland - there’s no better place in the United States."  

Prince George’s County is the home to NASA Goddard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), the United States Census Bureau as well as the aforementioned Joint Base Andrews and various satellite offices of the federal government. Historically however, Prince George’s County has been allocated more GSA warehouse space than any other jurisdiction in the region.  Although home to 25% of the region’s federal workforce, Prince George’s County only accounts for 4% of the office leasing space.  Additionally, the Maryland suburbs of the Nation’s capital have only 19% of the federal office leasing space as compared to suburban Virginia at 36%.  Equitable distribution of federal office leasing space means less traffic for all motorists in the region as well as equitable growth and development of the entire DC Metro region. 

“FBI needs a fully consolidated central headquarters that will allow it to fulfill it modern mission, with facilities that are safe, secure, and suited to its needs,” said Senator Mikulski. “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. And 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. It’s a win-win – making the country safer and Maryland’s economy stronger.” 

One of the driving forces of the GSA bid for the new FBI headquarters is the focus on Transit Oriented Development and access to the Metro.  Prince George’s County possesses 15 Metro stations that are either undeveloped or underdeveloped.  The addition of the new FBI headquarters at or near one of the County’s Metro Stations aligns with the long term planning goals to build walk-able mixed use communities around Metro stations. Prince George’s County is the only jurisdiction that can offer direct Metro access to a future FBI headquarters without the need of using shuttle bus service to and from the Metro station. Furthermore, with more passengers taking Metro lines in a reverse commute to Prince George’s County, WMATA revenues will increase. 

“Every day we allow the FBI to remain fractured among dozens of locations throughout the National Capital Region, we are wasting time and resources that could be better used keeping this country and the American public safe from harm. Prince George’s County is the only jurisdiction that can fulfill all of the requirements requested by the FBI. Choosing Maryland also is the right thing for the men and women who work for the FBI and their families,” said Senator Cardin. “For more than a year, Team Maryland has been united in our efforts to bring the new, consolidated FBI to Prince George’s County. We started early in the process and we haven’t let up anywhere along the way.” 

“I was pleased to join members of the Maryland Congressional delegation, Governor O’Malley, County Executive Baker, and others today to declare that the state of Maryland is fully behind Prince George’s County as the next home of the FBI headquarters,” stated Congressman Hoyer. “With close proximity to Washington, efficient transit connections, world-class institutions of research and higher education, and great neighborhoods, Prince George’s County is the right choice for the FBI’s new, consolidated headquarters. The FBI would also benefit from premier cyber security and defense facilities located in and near the County. While we face strong competition, an honest assessment of cost, convenience, security, and transportation options shows Prince George’s County is the best choice for the FBI, for the American taxpayers, and for the region. I will continue to work with my colleagues at the federal, state, and local level to make the strongest case possible for bringing the FBI to Prince George’s County and ensuring this is a fair process.” 

Prince George’s County offers a highly educated workforce as well as the resources of the University of Maryland College Park, Bowie State University, University of Maryland University College and Prince George’s Community College. The County also has a robust transportation infrastructure with access to Interstate 95, the Capital Beltway/495, U.S. Route 50, Joint Base Andrews, Reagan National Airport, and Thurgood Marshall-Baltimore Washington International Airport.  Furthermore, Prince George’s County features major mass transit options through Metro, Metro Bus and County Transit Bus lines, MARC Commuter Rail System, Amtrak, and the proposed Purple Line that will connect New Carrollton to Silver Spring. 

"Prince George’s County is an embarrassment of development riches,” said Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards.  “The County is without question the logical location to consolidate the FBI headquarters at one location.  Prince George's County offers land, close proximity to multiple Metro stops, Joint Base Andrews, Fort Meade, academic institutions, airports, and downtown Washington D.C., while providing the most affordable option to taxpayers.  A fair, transparent, and competitive process makes Prince George’s County the obvious choice.  I will continue working with my colleagues who are united at the federal, state, and local levels to make that case.” 

Prince George’s County has the region’s largest developable land inventory and the largest number of Metrorail stations that are primed for transit-oriented development.  The lease rates in Prince George’s County for existing office space are lower than other jurisdictions in the region and costs for new construction are closely aligned with cost per square foot across the region.  

"Prince George's County is creating new opportunities every day and, with growing neighborhoods and a strong workforce, this is the right place for the new FBI headquarters," said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. "By working together with our partners at the federal, state and county level, we've made major investments in our schools, our transportation infrastructure and our communities - now we must work to deliver this important economic development project to Prince George's." 

The Prince George’s County Council has also unanimously supported the efforts of the County Executive, Governor, and Congressional and State Delegations.  Although the new FBI headquarters will eventually be located in one Council District, each Council Member understands that the entire County will benefit in many ways for decades by becoming the new home of the FBI.  All nine Prince George’s County Council members attended the event.  

"It is truly exciting to see that leaders from across the County and the State are united behind bringing the FBI headquarters to Prince George's County," says County Council Chairman Mel Franklin. "Winning the competition for the FBI headquarters would be a giant step forward in our efforts to bring the world to Prince George's County." 

In addition to the unified support of the State’s entire Congressional Delegation, the effort to bring the FBI to Prince George’s County is also supported by the Maryland General Assembly, being led by the strong Prince George’s County Senate and House of Delegate Delegations.  The business community from Prince George’s County and throughout the State of Maryland is also lending their voice along with their monetary support to attract the new FBI Headquarters to Prince George’s County.   

“The Prince George’s Senate Delegation stands ready to facilitate obtaining state funding to provide the infrastructure necessary to move forward on this project. This project will provide the kind of economic development we need in Prince George’s County,” said Doug Peters, Prince George’s County Senate Delegation Chair. 

“Having the FBI in Prince George’s County will reduce traffic for the entire region, and bring a small amount of equity in siting federal facilities in the DC region,” said Prince George’s County House of Delegates Delegation Chair Jolene Ivey. “A new FBI Headquarters in Prince George’s County would impact our local economy in unprecedented ways and provide job and educational opportunities for our residents, businesses, and students for generations to come.  The Prince George’s County House Delegation is committed to assisting the effort to attract the FBI to the State and County.”