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Gov. McAuliffe in Bidding War to Get FBI Building to Move to Northern Virginia

Maryland, Virginia competing for FBI headquarters (Image 1)
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NBC 29 StaffRICHMOND, Va (NBC29) - There's a bidding war going on between Virginia and Maryland leaders.

They're both vying to have the new FBI headquarters set up shop in their state. Governor Terry McAuliffe hopes the FBI will leave its aging building in Washington D.C. and eventually move to Northern Virginia. He says while Maryland is a tough competitor, he thinks Virginia would make the most sense.

McAuliffe says Virginia has lower taxes, great schools, and many military assets. He also argues most of the FBI agents already live in Virginia.

Because the FBI headquarters could mean a boost to the economy and 11,000 jobs, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and McAuliffe are both offering hundreds of millions of dollars in state and local funds to move the facility.

The potential new site in Virginia would be in Springfield for Maryland, it's between several different locations.

"I still want every military asset I can have here in Virginia. We're the greatest military state in America, so I want it all to be honest with you," said McAuliffe.

According to the Washington Post, one hurdle for Virginia would be a CIA facility located at the Springfield site. The relocation of this would cost more than $210 million.

A decision on where the FBI's next home will be is expected by the end of the year.