Maryland leaders react to decision to move FBI headquarters to Greenbelt
GREENBELT, Md. — Federal government leaders with the General Services Administration have chosen Greenbelt, Maryland to host the new FBI headquarters facility, the GSA confirmed Wednesday.
In a statement sent out Wednesday night, Greenbelt Mayor Emmett Jordan said the city’s unwavering dedication to the welfare of its citizens is the bedrock that ensures its collective progress.
“Working alongside the FBI, Governor Wes Moore, and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, we will drive transformative community development for our region, catalyzing economic growth, opportunities, and social well-being for all our residents,” said Jordan. “This collaborative effort underscores our shared commitment to the FBI’s essential mission of protecting our nation.”
Greenbelt leaders credit the win to members of federal, state and local governments, including Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Governor Wes Moore, Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Kweisi Mfume (MD-07), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), David Trone (MD-06), and Glenn Ivey (MD-04), and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks.
“We are thrilled to welcome the new FBI Headquarters to our community—a monumental decision that is poised to catalyze significant economic growth for our region and Greenbelt,” said Josué Salmerón, City Manager for the City of Greenbelt.
Maryland leaders released a joint statement on Wednesday. The joint statement represents Gov. Wes Moore, Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller, Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Reps. Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone, and Glenn Ivey, and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks.
“This is a historic moment for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and our nation. For decades, the dilapidated J. Edgar Hoover Building has failed to meet the FBI’s operational needs, which has undermined our national security. The once fabled building has crumbled before our eyes, with nets surrounding the facility for years to protect pedestrians from falling debris. Today’s decision by the General Services Administration (GSA) will ensure we fulfill the FBI’s dire, longstanding need for a new consolidated headquarters that meets the modern-day demands on the Bureau’s work to protect Americans and our nation.
“After a thorough deliberation process and consideration of stakeholder input, the GSA selected the Greenbelt site as the location for the new FBI headquarters. The GSA’s analysis of the facts and its consultations revealed that the Greenbelt site is the most fitting site of the three final candidates when all factors were considered together.
“We agree with the GSA’s determination that based on merit the Greenbelt site is best suited to serve the present and future FBI and the dedicated public servants who work tirelessly to protect America and uphold the law. Considering cost to the taxpayer, equity, construction timeline, transportation access, and the FBI’s mission requirements, we have long believed that Greenbelt is the best site for this crucial facility. We are pleased that the GSA arrived at the same conclusion. Our decades-long, bipartisan effort to bring the Maryland sites’ many merits to the GSA’s attention was never about politics. It was always about making the case for what is best for the FBI, our region, and the country.
“Team Maryland has worked tirelessly to deliver this result together. Our close cooperation will continue as we break ground on this new headquarters and tackle other pressing issues facing Marylanders. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the FBI has the best possible headquarters in the quickest timeframe so that we can facilitate a smooth transition to Prince George’s County. We look forward to building a strong, productive partnership with the Bureau and its staff.”