In a massive show of solidarity Monday, Maryland’s political leaders from the county, state and national levels held a midday rallyat the University of Maryland to encourage the General Services Administration to move the FBI headquarters to Prince George’s County.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, was joined onstage at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center 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. Other members of the County Council, government officials, community and business leaders also attended the rally to show support.
In November, the GSA formally opened the process for finding a location to build a new campus for the 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.
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