ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A decision on whether Maryland or Virginia houses the FBI headquarters could be made by this fall, a Prince George’s County official said Wednesday during the county council’s annual retreat.
David Iannucci, economic development deputy in the county executive office, gave a brief status report on various county documents and securing a contractor to help prepare the best proposal to relocate the headquarters from northwest D.C. to either Greenbelt or Landover. The other location under consideration is Springfield, Virginia.
“The final decision [by the General Services Administration] on a site and a developer is currently scheduled for November 2016,” Iannucci said during the second day of the retreat, which is being held at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. “We are actively involved and making good progress.”
Iannucci said the federal government has narrowed its choice to four firms as potential developers to work on the FBI project.
Officials from both states want to locate the FBI’s 11,000 employees and another 400 contractors. The GSA held three public hearings last month to outline the requirements necessary to relocate from its current location at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in D.C. and consolidate into a 2.5 million-square-foot facility.
The agency seeks to leverage its assets and move from the Hoover building to a private company for a more modern structure, including a 124,000-square-foot utility plant, 60,000-square-foot visitor center and a 9,000-square-foot truck inspection facility.
In order to attract new businesses and retain and expand current ones in Prince George’s, officials said various incentives must be offered.
For example, provide tax-increment financing, or TIF, to help leverage major development projects for public improvements.
Also, businesses can apply for money toward land and building acquisition and other uses through the county’s Economic Development Incentive Fund. If a business maintains a long-term investment in the county, then a loan could be forgiven and applied as a grant.
So far, more than 4,000 jobs have been retained and another 3,300 jobs created thanks to the EDI program, according to county data.
Thomas Himler, deputy chief administrative officer for budget, finance and administration, announced a lofty goal to boost economic development.
“One hundred thousand jobs [equal] $50 million of income taxes. I try to keep it simple,” he said. “We continue to focus on economic development. It’s a goal we want to shoot for and we think it’s achievable.”