It looks like the governor has lost the latest corporate HQ contest. Despite a personal sales pitch from Martin O’Malley to the company CEO, Northrop Grumman today announced that it has chosen Northern Virginia as the new home for it’s corporate headquarters. According to this story by Sarah Krouse in the Washington Business Journal, the announcement “comes as no surprise to many observers, who felt the inclusion of Maryland on the short list was simply to serve as leverage in the economic development game.”
In other words, we was used.
On the other hand, we really shouldn’t feel very bad about all that. The company still maintains a sizable presence in the Free State and that is unlikely to change anytime soon. In fact, the company just finished construction of a new 150,000 square office building (picture) by the airport.
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