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McDonnell gets praise from both sides of the aisle over Northrop deal

Anne Bartlett

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) came to Rosslyn this afternoon to formally announce that Northrop Grumman has chosen Virginia for the location of its new headquarters.
We'll be bringing you a full report on the afternoon news conference later. But one thing is clear: McDonnell is reveling in the big economic development win.

During a morning appearance on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" program, he cited Northrop Grumman's decision as a sign that the late-night comedian version of Virginia doesn't match reality. McDonnell said the comedians' goal is to entertain not offer a truthful version of the state.

Former Virginia Commonwealth University professor Bob Holsworth said the Northrop decision might be "an opportunity for a reset" for McDonnell.

"Virginia was always the more logical choice for Northrop Grumman, but the stakes got raised tremendously by the events of the last month. This is the best news McDonnell has had, really, since he became governor because it gives him the opportunity to remind Virginians what his administration is all about," he said.

Meanwhile, other elected leaders are starting to weigh in--offering praise for McDonnell from across the aisle for securing the deal.

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Here's an excerpt of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) statement:

"Despite the serious economic challenges we face as a Commonwealth and a country, Virginia is still open for business. The decision of Northrop Grumman to move their headquarters to Virginia is a positive reflection of the pro-business environment and quality of life in our Commonwealth that remains highly attractive to families, business people, and young workers. Bringing more jobs to Virginia, this move will help spur economic growth, create opportunity for future generations, and grow Virginia's economy.

"Still there is much more work that needs to be done to put our country on the path to long-term financial and economic stability. We must focus on common sense solutions that produce real results. This means creating private sector jobs and encouraging economic incentives that produce return on investment. We must also limit spending, cut taxes, and reduce regulations on businesses small and large to help them hire more workers."

And one from U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)'s statement:

"Yet again, Northern Virginia has succeeded in attracting another important employer to Northern Virginia, with Northrop Grumman becoming the fourth Fortune 500 company in 3 years to relocate in our region.

"This decision by Northrop Grumman was not an accident. It is the product of the strong economic growth, low taxes, and educated workforce that I and other Northern Virginia leaders have always championed.

"During my tenure as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, we put the fundamentals in place to create a robust pro-business environment in Fairfax County and across our region. We are seeing the payoff of those efforts with the relocation of Northrop Grumman's headquarters to our area, as well as the headquarters of Volkswagen of America, Hilton Hotels, and SAIC."

This is from state Sen. Mark Herring (D):

"I am extremely pleased that Northrop Grumman has chosen to relocate its corporate headquarters to Northern Virginia. Choosing Virginia over our neighbors, Washington, D.C. and Maryland, is a testament to the strong business climate that we have built in the Commonwealth over the past ten years. I applaud the Administration for their efforts, and I will continue to work in the General Assembly to support robust economic development initiatives and to attract high-quality science and technology based jobs to our region and our state."

More statements are likely to be forthcoming and we'll upload them when they arrive.

By Rosalind S/ Helderman  |  April 27, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman  | Tags: Bob McDonnell, Northrop Grumman, WTOP  
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wouldn't this be the last governors deal. did his folks do this in the last 3-4 months. this had to start under the last governor, not to mention the work of the local counties.

Posted by: oknow1 | April 27, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

$200k is a nice salary. No complaints on this deal except more needs to be done to create incentives for Wind Manufacturing for Offshore Windmills (GE, Vestas, Gamesa, etc.,) and Biomass Combined Heat and Power plants that can create hundreds of jobs in the $60~100k range across a wide spectrum from Farmers to Engineers.

VA farmers producing Torrefactioned Biomass (Biomass heated to give it the energy density and water resistance of coal without the pollution) is much better for VA than importing Coal from out of state while polluting everything along it's transportation route. Biomass CHP plants are up to 90% efficient too as they can be located closer to both supplies and where they are used.

Posted by: liveride | April 27, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Red states get private industry. Blue states get unemployment offices.

Posted by: jy151310 | April 27, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Maryland has Bay crabs, and thanks to decades of Leftist policies, that's all..

Posted by: wewintheylose | April 27, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

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