Gov. Larry Hogan hosted a meeting Monday with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and members of the state’s congressional delegation to devise a strategy to lure the FBI headquarters to Maryland.
“We’re talking about making sure we have a united front,” Hogan (R) said. “We talked about some of the specifics of what each partner has to do to try to make sure we are able to win this bid.”
The meeting suggests that a decision on where the FBI will land — either in Maryland or Virginia — is not a done deal. Hogan said Maryland continues to be in “great shape.”
“It was a very constructive meeting,” said U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) as she exited the statehouse. “We’ll have more to say in about two weeks,” she added, without offering any more details.
The General Services Administration announced last year that it had selected three sites as finalists. Two are in Prince George’s County: Greenbelt and Landover. The third is in Springfield in Fairfax County.
State and local officials from Maryland and Virginia have been jockeying for years to attract the new FBI headquarters, which replaces the J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington.
Baker (D) has made getting Hogan’s support for the FBI bid one of his top priorities.
Hogan said he looks forward to working with Baker and members of Congress to make a relocation to Maryland happen.
He said the FBI headquarters, which would bring 11,000 jobs to Maryland, would have a significant economic effect on the state.
“The spin-off benefit is almost hard to calculate, but it’s going to be a tremendous economic boon,” Hogan said. “And we’re working very hard to make it happen.”