Illinois Launches Non-Profit Business and Economic Development Corporation

In his State of the State address, Governor Bruce Rauner announced the launch of the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation (ILBEDC), a non-profit organization modeled from best practices of other successful state and local EDOs.

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The creation of a private Illinois economic development organization to promote the state was a key recommendation of the Governor’s bipartisan transition committee last year, and the required legislation (Amendment No. 1 to HB0574; Illinois Business and Economic Development Partnership Act) was filed in April in the Illinois Legislature.

The ILBEDC will not replace the Illinois Department of Commerce, which will maintain key functions, including federal program administration and final authority and oversight of all state grants and incentives negotiated by the ILBEDC.

The Governor will sign an Executive Order in the coming days to formally establish its relationship with the Illinois Department of Commerce. The formation of the ILBEDC and its operations at least through FY16 will be funded entirely with private donations. The Department of Commerce will maintain all its existing duties, including working with companies on expansion and relocation efforts, until the ILBEDC is operational.

Illinois Department of Commerce Director Jim Schultz noted in a release that there is no reason Illinois should not have a thriving economy. Yet the state continues to lag behind other states and national averages, and is losing a steady stream of businesses, jobs and residents to other states.

Last year, Illinois lost an average 250 jobs a month and ended the year with 3,000 fewer jobs, in stark contrast with overall national growth. Families are fleeing the state in droves, with more than 100,000 residents having left Illinois last year.

Schultz added that the rigid structure and suffocating bureaucracy of the Department of Commerce hinder their ability to attract businesses to Illinois and to drive economic development. “A mere 14 percent of Department of Commerce staff is dedicated to economic development activities, limiting the resources to attract and to retain business, which is a disservice to Illinois businesses and taxpayers,” said Schultz.

The Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation will enter into grant agreements with the Illinois Department of Commerce, and will also be able to negotiate tax incentives with private businesses, subject to DCEO approval.

Final composition of the ILBEDC board is still under development. The organization will be subject to transparency laws, including Freedom of Information Act. It will publicly disclose board meeting minutes, final copies of all grant and tax incentive agreements with which it had a part in negotiating, and donors to the organization.

For more information on the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation, visit

San Jose City Council Approves Apple Campus Development Agreement

The City Council of San Jose, CA has approved an amended and restated development agreement with Apple Inc. that could eventually result in up to 20,000 employees being located at an Apple campus covering nearly 4.1 million square feet of employment space in North San Jose.


Apple (photo – frankieleon/flickr)

The new agreement will vest entitlements for 15 years to develop up to 4,151,350 square feet of industrial development, including office, research and development, manufacturing, and other related and supporting uses on an approximately 86.35 gross acre site.

A memo to the City Council from Mayor Sam Liccardo and several Councilmembers lists the enormous San Jose economic development benefits that could result from the project.

For starters, Apple’s campus will generate approximately $15 million in annual property tax revenue. An additional $300,000 annually in business tax and utility users tax revenues will also be generated for the City’s General Fund.

The project will create thousands of net new jobs in San Jose, improving the city’s chronic jobs-housing imbalance. As per the new agreement, Apple will have 15 years for build-out of a major, state-of-the-art campus. However, City leaders expect permits and shovels to move quickly. Over 1,000 Apple employees will move in to the North San Jose campus within a few months into an existing 287,000-square-foot building and another 200,000-square-foot building that is already under construction on site.

Apple already employs over 100,000 full-time, permanent employees, comprising the world’s largest information technology company by revenue and total assets. Apple’s investment and its proposed plans for a major presence in North San Jose provides a powerful statement of the extraordinary promise of both Apple and of San Jose.

As per the memo, Apple has recently revealed that research and development will constitute a primary function of this campus. Apple’s U.S. headquarters will continue to be located at its Cupertino, CA campus.

The Mayor and other City leaders thanked Apple for their significant investment in San Jose, and for sharing their confidence in San Jose’s future, and also thanked “the many members of the City team for their many months of negotiation and hard work to ensure a smooth arrival of Apple to San Jose.”

The memo also notes that the Apple project caps “what is likely one of the most successful years of any economic development team in San Jose’s history.”

Apart from recent expansion announcements by several Silicon Valley technology titans, San Jose also secured the opening of the only U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on the West Coast, vetted plans on a $175 million hybrid electronics manufacturing institute, and cut the ribbon on a world-class soccer stadium.

Report – Michigan University Research Corridor Economic Impact Pegged at $17.5B

The University Research Corridor (URC), an alliance of Michigan’s three largest higher education institutions, has increased its economic impact on the state by $700 million to $17.5 billion.

Michigan URC economic impact

Michigan URC economic impact

This according to an independent analysis of the URC’s economic impact conducted by Anderson Economic Group.

In 2007, the presidents of the URC universities (Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University) hired Anderson Economic Group in the spirit of promoting Michigan economic development and accountability to the citizens of the state of Michigan. The firm was asked to perform an independent analysis of URC’s economic impact, and this latest report is the ninth annual report in this series.

Highlights from the 9th Annual URC Economic Impact and Benchmark Report:

In FY 2014, the URC contributed $17.5 billion to the state economy, which is $700 million up from the $16.8 billion impact in the previous year, and 35 percent up from 2007. For every dollar the state invests in the three URC universities, Michigan now reaps $22 in economic benefits. Additionally, the State of Michigan receives $499 million in tax revenue from URC employees and alumni.

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon said in a release that “The University Research Corridor’s impact extends far beyond the $17.5 billion that the three institutions bring to Michigan’s economy.”

The URC’s $2.104 billion in R&D expenditures in 2014 marks an increase of more than 50 percent since 2007, when the URC first began benchmarking against the other innovation clusters. This growth far surpassed the growth for all U.S. institutions, as well as the growth for the peer cluster average (31 and 41 percent, respectively). Overall, the URC ranks fifth among the eight clusters for total R&D in 2014.

The URC retained its second place standing in Anderson’s Innovation Power Ranking for the third year in a row. This ranking indexes defining factors of leading research universities such as talent, R&D and technology commercialization, to arrive at the ranking metric. URC is sandwiched in this ranking between the Southern California cluster (UCLA, UC-San Diego and USC) which is ranked first, and the Northern California cluster (UC-San Francisco, UC-Berkeley and Stanford) which is ranked third.

URC Executive Director Jeff Mason noted that “The 9th Annual Economic Impact Report demonstrates the collective power of the URC universities, which are highly competitive with the most respected clusters in the country.”

The URC conferred 34,141 degrees including 2,332 medical degrees, the highest number of advanced degrees in the medicine and biological science fields of any peer university innovation cluster. University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel added that “Our immense pool of talent helps drive the economy and makes Michigan a more attractive place to live and do business.”

Since 2002, the three URC universities have cultivated 188 start-up companies, including 71 which have formed in the past five years. All told, more than 19 percent of URC alumni have founded or co-founded a business, adding an estimated 380,000 businesses to the economy by URC alumni worldwide. Nearly half of these businesses were started in Michigan, and continue to contribute to the economy and spur further innovation throughout the state.

Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson said that “Our three universities take research out of the lab and into the market, keeping jobs and investment dollars here in our backyard.”

Read the full 9th Annual URC Economic Impact and Benchmark Report – Download (pdf)

Illinois Tops USGBC LEED Green Building State Rankings

Illinois has once again been named as the top state by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in its Top 10 States for LEED ranking.

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Illinois retained its top national position for the third year in a row, with 161 LEED certifications representing 3.43 square feet of certified space per resident.

Actually, Washington, D.C. is the true leader in the per capita rankings with 19.3 square feet of LEED space per resident certified in 2015, but is not included in the list of top states due to its status as a federal territory.

The per capita list highlights states throughout the country that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. Now in its sixth year, the ranking looks at total square feet of LEED-certified space per resident, based on U.S. Census data, and includes commercial and institutional green building projects certified throughout 2015.

Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, said in a release that “LEED has become an essential tool for the transformation of building design and construction…LEED construction drives economic growth, creates jobs and makes communities greener.”

Green construction is one of the key drivers of U.S. economic development. According to the 2015 USGBC Green Building Economic Impact Study, green construction will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs, which is more than one-third of the entire U.S. construction sector, and will generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings. The industry’s direct contribution to the U.S. GDP is also expected to reach $303.5 billion from 2015-2018.

In Illinois, the top state for LEED, green construction seeking LEED certification is expected to support 413,000 total jobs and have a total impact on GDP of $36.13 billion from 2015-2018.

Brian Imus, executive director of the USGBC-Illinois Chapter, said in a release that “Year after year Illinois sets a high bar for green building thanks to the dynamic network of companies and industry leaders who have made sustainability part of their business model.”

A new addition to the top 10 states for LEED list this year is Utah, which highlights the point that LEED is now expanding beyond states with densely populated urban areas. A notable certified green building project in Utah this year is the U.S. District Courthouse in Salt Lake City, which has been certified as an LEED Gold project.

A total of 1,633 commercial and institutional projects became LEED-certified within this list of Top 10 States for LEED in 2015, representing 274.9 million square feet of real estate. Worldwide, 4,837 projects were certified in 2015, representing 818.9 million square feet.

All told, more than 52,000 commercial, neighborhood and residential projects are currently LEED-certified, comprising more than five billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states in the United States and in more than 150 countries and territories globally.

Rhode Island Senate’s Grow Green Jobs RI Legislative Action Plan

Later today, President of the Rhode Island Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed will host a roundtable discussion of the Senate’s new Legislative Action Plan entitled “Grow Green Jobs RI” and related legislation.

RI Statehouse

RI Statehouse (photo – Infrogmation/wikimedia)

Currently, Rhode Island’s clean energy economy already supports 9,832 jobs across 1,295 business establishments.

In addition to the jobs created by energy efficiency program investments, there is another job creator that results from consumer savings on energy bills. When businesses and households see reduced energy costs, they are able to spend elsewhere in the economy, resulting in additional jobs. On average, this shift in spending supports about 17 jobs per $1 million.

The legislative action plan is intended to take advantage of such factors and facilitate job creation in a wide spectrum of green industries such as renewable energy, conservation, constructing environmentally sound infrastructure, agriculture, seafood, and recycling.

The recommendations in the Grow Green Jobs RI Legislative Action Plan report are listed under eight broad categories. The first one is about expanding workforce development opportunities. Recommendations under this category include an expansion of the Real Jobs RI planning and implementation grants program to include green industries.

Real Jobs RI is a recently launched demand-driven Rhode Island economic development initiative that is collaborative, flexible and business-led. The program aims to address the skills gap across various industries in Rhode Island, from manufacturing to healthcare.

The report also recommends that the Governor’s Workforce Board should create workforce training programs to support well-paying clean energy jobs, including establishing career pathways and internships to ensure accessibility at all income levels.

The second category lists recommendations related to creation of educational and training pathways for jobs in the green economy. This includes encouraging public higher education institutions to further develop degree programs leading to employment in the areas of climate change risk evaluation, sustainability, resiliency and adaptation.

Another recommendation is to encourage public higher education institutions to partner with green sector businesses to identify areas of job demand and to develop certificate and degree programs in a public report. The report also suggests Incentivizing the creation and expansion of STEM/STEAM into all Rhode Island elementary and secondary schools.

A third category deals with recommendations for supporting the growth of renewable energy industries. The report suggests incentivizing in-state generation of renewable energy by expanding the Renewable Energy Growth (REG) Program, ensuring that more jobs and the economic benefits of renewable energy stay in Rhode Island.

Another recommendation is to extend the Renewable Energy Standard (RES) that provides for annual increases in the percentage of electricity from renewable sources that National Grid supplies to its customers.

Here’s the full list of the eight categories under the Grow Green Jobs RI Legislative Action Plan:

  1. Expand workforce development opportunities;
  2. Create educational and training pathways for jobs in the green economy;
  3. Support the growth of renewable energy industries;
  4. Expand energy efficiency programs to include delivered fuels;
  5. Enhance the growth of renewable thermal industries;
  6. Reduce costs to continue the growth of Rhode Island’s solar industry;
  7. Expand Rhode Island’s agriculture and seafood industries; and
  8. Apply strategies that increase recycling and reuse, creating resources and local jobs.

Local Foods, Local Places Will Empower Economic Development in 27 Communities Across 22 States

Six federal agencies have teamed up to announce the selection of 27 more communities in 22 states to participate in the Local Foods, Local Places initiative.

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Local Foods, Local Places is part of the White House Rural Council’s Rural Impact work to empower creative economic development by increasing economic opportunities for local farmers and related businesses, creating vibrant places and promoting childhood wellness through access to healthy local food.

The initiative, launched in 2014, was developed as a partnership among the EPA, USDA, DOT, CDC, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority.

Each Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) partner community works with a team of experts who help community members recognize local assets and opportunities, set goals for revitalizing downtowns and neighborhoods, develop an implementation plan and then identify targeted resources from the participating federal agencies to help implement those plans.

LFLP has already helped 26 communities make a difference through creative economic development programs. With technical assistance through LFLP, participants are launching business incubators to support food entrepreneurs and starting cooperative grocery stores to help revitalize main streets. They are developing centrally located community kitchens and food hubs to aggregate and market local foods. Through the integration of transportation and walkability planning, they are connecting people to markets and local restaurants.

This latest lot of 27 selected communities was chosen from more than 300 applicants. One of these new participants is the Baltimore Public Markets Corporation, which plans to revitalize Avenue Market in the distressed Upton/Druid Heights neighborhood to increase access to healthy food and promote economic development.

Another one is the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation of the Sioux Tribe in Mission, SD, which will receive technical assistance to establish a hub of healthy activity centered on local food using a new trail system that links the local grocery store, community garden, farmers market, creek, and wetlands.

The Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation in Rainelle, WV, will likewise receive technical assistance to establish a mentor program for farmers and producers, develop a community grocery store, form a food alliance, and put vacant land into productive use.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a release that “The program is good for the environment, public health and the economy. By helping bring healthy local food to market and offering new walking and biking options, Local Foods, Local Places can help improve air quality, support local economies, and protect undeveloped green space.”

See the full report with summaries of the projects proposed by the 27 new communities that are now a part of the Local Foods, Local Places initiative.

Cincinnati, Columbus Region Economic Development Projects Approved by Ohio TCA

At its latest meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) Board approved ten projects expected to create 1,227 jobs and retain 1,564 jobs statewide. Collectively, these projects are expected to spur approximately $96.3 million in investment across Ohio and generate nearly $50 million in new payroll.

Ohio jobs

Ohio jobs (photo – americaspower/flickr)

Greater Cincinnati economic development group REDI Cincinnati announced three projects (Quotient Technology Inc., Planes Moving & Storage Inc. and Reztark Design Studio LLC) that are expected to create 146 new jobs, retain 304 jobs and generate $4.75 million in capital investment.

Mountain View, CA-based Quotient Technology Inc. (NYSE: QUOT), formerly Incorporated, is expanding its Cincinnati operations and will open a new office in the Kenwood Collection in Sycamore Township, OH. Quotient has committed to create 100 full-time jobs over the next three years for a total capital investment of $1.5 million.

Steven Boal, founder and CEO of Quotient, said in a release that “We’re excited to be expanding our footprint in Cincinnati where we’ve had real success hiring top talent.”

Planes Moving & Storage is a relocation and transportation business that is a part of United Van Lines. The company is investing $3 million to expand its current headquarter facility and construct a new 65,000-square-foot warehouse in West Chester Township, OH. This project, which is creating 30 new jobs and helping retain another 229 jobs, has received TCA approval for a .693 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC).

Reztark Design Studio, LLC is a full-service architectural and design firm that has outgrown its existing location in Cincinnati and plans to invest $250,000 for an expansion. This project, which is creating 16 new jobs and helping retain another 28 jobs, has received TCA approval for a .838 percent, five-year JCTC.

Kimm Coyner, managing director, projects team and JobsOhio for REDI Cincinnati, said they’re happy to kick off the year with growth across multiple sectors. “Greater Cincinnati’s diverse economy offers the right mix for each of these innovative companies to thrive here,” added Coyner.

Columbus Region economic development group Columbus 2020 likewise announced two significant expansion projects by Kenco and Ventech Solutions Inc.

Ventech is a Columbus-based SEI CMMI Level 3 software company specializing in public sector system integration and consulting services. The company is expanding its headquarters operations with the addition of an innovation lab and 75 new jobs to Ventech’s current staff of 65, along with an investment of $750,000 in workforce training. This project has received TCA approval for a 1.600 percent, six-year JCTC.

Ravi Kunduru, founder and president of Ventech Solutions, said in a release that “As we continued to expand, the Region’s innovative collaborative business climate, emphasis on advanced workforce development, and robust labor pool played a critical role in our decision to increase our presence in Columbus.”

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther likewise responded that “Columbus is proud to be called home to a company of Ventech’s caliber. We are committed to providing the resources and support necessary to help our businesses grow and succeed.”

Kenco Logistic Services, LLC is also expanding in the Columbus Region with a $2.1 million investment to lease and equip an additional 180,000 square-foot warehouse in Groveport, OH. This project, which is adding 63 new jobs to their existing 50 workers in the Columbus Region, has received TCA approval for a 1.310 percent, six-year JCTC.

David Caines, chief operating officer at Kenco, said in a release that “The Columbus Region has a robust logistics sector and its location advantages are unparalleled. We also continue to find a reliable and strong workforce, which has contributed to our growth.”

Jeff Green, the City of Groveport’s Assistant City Administrator, noted that “Kenco’s newest expansion is an example of Groveport’s commitment to growing companies that operate here, and we are happy to welcome new opportunities from an existing employer.”

Indiana Tax Incentives Secure Indianapolis Expansion by Renaissance Electronic Services

Renaissance Electronic Services, the second-largest provider of dental claims in the United States, has announced plans for an expansion of its operations in Indianapolis, IN.


Indianapolis (photo – susi.bsu/flickr)

Supported by State of Indiana economic development tax credits, the company is investing $14.9 million to expand its operations across Indianapolis, investing in three data centers and two other existing facilities, and adding a sixth facility in the city’s Southside.

Renaissance, which currently employs 151 full-time associates in Indiana, plans to double its current workforce as part of the company’s plans for developing and launching electronic payment processing services by 2019. A majority of the new jobs being created will be in software development and programming, with average salaries above the state’s average wage.

The company expects to move its growing application development team into their sixth new facility in Indianapolis that was formerly a Gerdt Furniture store. Renaissance will lease and equip more than half of the 66,000-square-foot space.

Governor Mike Pence said in a release that “Today, Indiana’s economy is attracting new investment while supporting job creation at homegrown Hoosier companies like Renaissance because we are a state that works for business.”

Erick Paul, president of Renaissance, added that he appreciates the support of the community and its officials for their expansion. “Renaissance is a homegrown Hoosier company that’s proud to be growing and creating employment opportunities in our community,” said Paul.

Renaissance Dental, founded in 2002 in Martinsville, IN is part of the Renaissance Family of Companies, which was founded in 1957. Collectively, Renaissance companies cover 13.1 million people with annual paid claims of $3 billion. Renaissance Dental alone serves more than 28,000 dentists across the country and processes approximately 35 percent of all electronic dental claims nationally. The company is now the second-largest provider of dental claims in the United States, processing more than 65 million transactions each year.

Deputy Mayor for Indianapolis Economic Development Angela Smith Jones likewise responded that they are pleased to welcome the expansion of Renaissance Electronic Services. “Our city has long been the economic driving force for all of Indiana and I look forward to the opportunity to work together for continued investment and growth,” added Jones.

In order to secure the project, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) has offered the company up to $300,000 in performance-based tax credits tied to the company’s job creation plans. The city of Indianapolis supports the project at the request of Develop Indy, a business unit of the Indy Chamber.

2050 Motors Outlines Expansion and Job Creation Plans For US Electric Vehicle Plant

2050 Motors Inc. could mark the third major Nevada economic development project by an electric vehicle manufacturer locating a large facility in the state, following the battery and automotive manufacturing projects announced by Tesla and Faraday Future.

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But 2050 Motors’ plans are slightly different from the multi-billion dollar plans of Tesla and the $1.3 billion investment for Faraday’s plant.

One major difference is that, unlike the secretive manufacturing plans and site selection process demanded by Tesla and FF, this third project is moving forward in transparent phases that have already been made public by the company.

2050 Motors, Inc. (OTCQB: ETFM), a publicly traded company incorporated in Nevada back in 2012, has included a dedicated “Job Creation” section on its brand new corporate website. Referring to this job creation section on their website, the company said in a release that “This section addresses 2050 Motors’ Phase I and II corporate expansion plans that may create over 3000 jobs in the next few years.”

On their website, the company provides a detailed breakup of its job creation plans. It shows plans for creation of 137 direct jobs in 2017, adding up into a cumulative total of 902 direct jobs by 2020 that could result in the creation of over 3,000 indirect jobs.

2050 Motors has entered into an agreement with Jiangsu Aoxin New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd., located in Jiangsu, China, for the distribution in the United States of a new four-passenger electric automobile known as the e-Go EV. This is at the moment the only production line electric car with a carbon fiber body and parts manufactured by a new process using robotic machines. The company is also gearing up to unveil a five-passenger carbon fiber luxury sedan named the Ibis EV.

In Phase I, 2050 Motors will be selling automobiles to the American market totally manufactured in China. In Phase II, 2050 Motors intends to assemble the e-Go EV in the United States using parts and components shipped in from China where their partners have already made the capital investment required to make the state-of-the-art aluminum frame and carbon fiber parts for the e-Go EV.

The company can therefore assemble and manufacture the e-Go EV in the United States without making the huge capital investments that competitors like Tesla are making.

As for the location of this vehicle assembly facility, the company has stated in a previous SEC filing that “2050 Motors is already planning an assembly plant for the e-Go in Las Vegas, Nevada and has been in meetings with the Urban Development Authority of Las Vegas for potential locations to build such a facility and initially create several hundred local jobs.”

The company added in their latest release that it has been negotiating for well over a year with municipalities to finalize plans for job creation, and that both state governments and municipalities are offering considerable incentives for job creation.

GSA Kicks Off Phase II of FBI Headquarters Relocation RFP

The U.S. General Services Administration is moving forward with several steps necessary for ensuring a timely completion of the site selection process for the relocation of the FBI headquarters.

FBI Headquarters

FBI Headquarters (photo – Kmf164/wikipedia)

For starters, GSA has issued Phase II of the Request for Proposals (RFP) to bidders competing for the project. The chosen developer will get title to the J. Edgar Hoover Federal building in Washington, D.C. and will, in exchange, agree to construct a new 2.1 million rentable square-foot headquarters facility for the FBI at a site that is yet to be finalized.

The GSA has shortlisted three proposed sites (Greenbelt and Landover in Prince George’s County, MD, and Springfield, VA) as eligible sites to serve as the future headquarters of the FBI. Last year in October, GSA notified the short-listed bidders that they been selected to participate in Phase II. In November, GSA released the draft Environmental Impact Statement, held public meetings in each of the three local jurisdictions, and is in the process of reviewing public comments.

In addition to this latest Phase II RFP issual, GSA also announced that $1.4 billion in construction funding for the project will be included in the President’s FY 2017 Budget so that GSA can make an award for the project in FY 2017. A down-payment of $390 million to begin the initial design, engineering and construction of a new fully consolidated headquarters has already been included in the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (Omnibus Bill).

Bill Dowd, project executive for GSA’s Public Buildings Service, said in a release that “The consolidated headquarters facility will allow the FBI to perform its critical national security, intelligence, and law enforcement missions in a new modern and secure facility. We appreciate Congress’ support of the project through the inclusion of $390 million in the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus.”

This is a critical economic development project for both Virginia and Maryland. An FBI headquarters relocation to Prince George’s County could bring 11,000 jobs to Maryland, which is already home to more than 40 percent of FBI employees, as per a Maryland state report.

In response to GSA’s Phase II RFP issual for this project, the Prince George’s County Council issued a statement appreciating the strong and continuing advocacy of US Senators Mikulski and Cardin, Representatives Hoyer and Edwards and the entire Maryland Congressional Delegation, as well as Governor Hogan and former Governor O’Malley.

The County Council said in the statement that they remain committed to attracting transit-oriented Prince George’s County economic development opportunities that create jobs and grow the local economy, and “look forward to continuing our work with all stakeholders in the months ahead as the General Services Administration moves closer to a final decision on the FBI relocation site.”

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III noted that following over four years of work by Prince George’s County to support the two most competitive sites available to host the consolidated FBI headquarters, this announcement by GSA is a welcome and critical step toward a final decision.

“We look forward to a historic announcement that the FBI is coming to Prince George’s County, forever reinventing our County’s economy,” added Baker.

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