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Prince George's hires lobbyist to lure FBI

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Local,Capital Land,Ben Giles

Prince George’s County lawmakers have resolved to do everything in their power to attract the FBI to locate new headquarters in the county, including hire a lobbyist.

The county has retained Holland & Knight LLP to lobby congress and the General Services Administration, the federal government’s leasing arm, officials announced Thursday.

County Executive Rushern Baker also announced the signing of a new resolution, along with Council Chair womanAndrea Harrison, D-Bladensburg, declaring Prince George’s the perfect site for the FBI’s new home and touting the county’s undeveloped land around Metro stations.

The resolution will be sent to Maryland’s congressional delegation, the FBI, the General Services Administration, and others state and federal officials.

“Prince George’s County has several locations that are perfect for the FBI,” Baker said. “Along with our congressional delegation, we are approaching this process with a united front and will demonstrate to the federal government that Prince George’s County should be the new home and headquarters for the FBI.”

Baker also announced the creation of an inter-agency task force that will meet regularly to discuss possible sites for the FBI to make their new home.

Prince George's faces competition for the FBI headquarters from Loudoun and Fairfax counties.

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