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Posted on: January 18, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Amazon HQ2 Finalists

Statement From County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

Upper Marlboro, MD - Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement following Amazon’s announcement of the top 20 finalist jurisdictions for their 2nd Headquarters complex. Prince George’s County submitted four sites to Amazon during this RFP process:

“It is disappointing that Prince George’s County did not make Amazon’s list of 20 finalist jurisdictions for their 2nd Headquarters project. However, I am very proud of my economic development team and the Prince George’s County business community on their very robust effort to put forth a strong bid.

As the Amazon HQ2 process moves forward, I want to, first and foremost, support and endorse the Montgomery County bid. Amazon choosing the Montgomery County location would be the best choice for Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland. I enthusiastically congratulate County Executive Leggett and his economic development team on becoming a finalist and wish them best of luck as the process moves forward. We were gratified when Montgomery County endorsed Prince George’s County’s bid for the FBI headquarters, and are pleased to now support their effort for Amazon.

I also want to congratulate our neighbors in the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia on becoming finalists. When we advocated for our sites, we promoted our location in a combined Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area of over 10 million people, with access to a large world class workforce and great amenities. Amazon’s decision today clearly recognizes the strength of the region.

It is clear that our County’s economic development reputation has grown leaps and bounds over the last several years. From our outstanding bid to become the new home to the FBI Headquarters to being currently 21st in the nation amongst large counties, and #1 in the State of Maryland, in terms of job growth, we have become the economic engine of the State of Maryland and the National Capital Region. Although today’s announcement is a disappointment, I expect that with nearly $10 billion dollars in economic investment created over the last seven years, we are going to continue our unprecedented economic growth and attract companies of similar importance to that of Amazon. ”


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