Virginia’s political leaders are pushing for the federal government to relocate the FBI’s headquarters to the state, citing successful relocations of big companies like Amazon. This move is estimated to bring around 7,500 jobs to the area.
Maryland officials have argued that equity concerns should push the General Services Administration to pick one of their two sites, with a majority black population. However, speakers at a news conference pushed back on this, noting that the Springfield region in Fairfax County has a majority-minority population and a large international community.
The General Services Administration has changed its focus to the region’s suburbs and picked three finalist sites based on things like how well they serve the FBI’s mission, how easy they are to get to by public transportation, and how well they promote racial equality. The three sites are in Fairfax County, Maryland’s Prince George’s County, and the District of Columbia. The agency is expected to make a final decision in the coming weeks.
Virginia’s political leaders have argued that their state is the best place for the new headquarters. They believe that the move will create an opportunity for job growth and economic development. Additionally, they point out that the state has a strong infrastructure, making it easier for the FBI to move its operations there.