Saturday, April 06, 2013

Fairfax, Va., economic development chief takes shot at Prince George's

Staff Reporter- Washington Business Journal
Gerald Gordon, president of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, is known to take a swipe or two at neighboring jurisdictions — usually in good fun.

But he left good-natured at the door during an economic development forum Thursday when he told an audience at the Belle Haven Country Club something to the effect of (and I’m paraphrasing here): There is some logic for the FBI going to Prince George’s because that’s where they'll find the people they have to pick up.

“I yelled, ‘out of line,’” said Stewart Schwartz, executive director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth.

Outside of the “competitive, locker room style digs” at Prince George’s and Loudoun counties, Gordon’s presentation was “otherwise professional,” Schwartz said.

“The people in the crowd were audibly taken aback by his statement about Prince George’s County,” said Schwartz, whose organization is promoting a new FBI headquarters near a Metro station, which would include both Fairfax and Prince George’s. More here.

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