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McDonnell, Northrop confirm company has chosen Virginia for headquarters

Rosalind Helderman

Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell is officially confirming that Northrop Grumman has chosen Virginia as the new location of its global headquarters.

"The foremost priority of our administration is creating new jobs and getting our economy back on track. Today's announcement that Northrop Grumman, a Fortune 100 company, is moving to Virginia is a major step forward in this effort. Northrop Grumman and the Commonwealth of Virginia have long shared a close and positive working relationship," McDonnell said in a joint statement with Northrop CEO and President Wes Bush this evening.

McDonnell has scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference at the company's Rosslyn offices Tuesday to discuss the move. The company's decision is a major victory for a governor who has promised to make job creation his first priority.

In the statement, Bush indicated that Maryland and the District, which also had been competing for the headquarters, had put forward "compelling, competitive" offers.

"Our final decision was driven largely by facility considerations, proximity to our customers, and overall economics," Bush said.

"I welcome Northrop Grumman to Virginia," McDonnell said.

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By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 26, 2010; 8:50 PM ET
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who says the government can't pay for private sector jobs? with what ng is ripping the state off for with that vita contract it's about time they contribute to the state's economy.

Posted by: aocarter | April 26, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

The tick burrows deeper under the skin.

Posted by: Nymous | April 26, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

NG is a fine example of white man's welfare.
They're moving closer to the D.C. treasure chest so that they can more easily lobby our lawmakers & continue to bilk taxpayers out of billions that we don't have or even need to spend. More weapons of mass destruction, politely called defense contractor technology. Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon- pathetic abuses of American capitalism succeeding only through the propaganda, hysteria and paranoia of the terrorism industry. Before it was communism. Next it will be some other irrational excuse for making war. Exactly why I'll never vote Republican again- they love this stuff, crazy as it is.

Posted by: rsampson02 | April 26, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

aocarter: I can tell you don't work for N or know what you are talking about. What other beltway bandit do you work for? lol.

Posted by: 4taz | April 26, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

OK, it looks like another case of a taxpaying business being driven out of California by high taxes and bureaucratic red tape imposed by the Democrats that have virtually run everything in the state for the last 30 years.

Posted by: DL13 | April 26, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

DL13, I said it on another blog and I will say it here. You are silly. NG is live and well in California as the majority of its 120,000 employees are still there. Less than 300 are coming to VA. oh and by the way, isn't California run by a REPUBLICAN Governor? silly person. Trix is for kids.

Posted by: 4taz | April 26, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Only a true politician would report the addition of 300 "private sector" jobs and ignore the $100 Million dollars of TAX PAYER money given to Northrop three weeks ago. Virginia taxpayers are paying for these jobs at a time 1500 teachers will be fired because of budget deficits. This is the real Republican economic plan. Virginia taxpayers are paying private companies so they can add "private" jobs.

Posted by: NewThoughts | April 27, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

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