Yes, Virginia, There Is a War Going On (Two, Actually, Now Get Cracking)
Good news for Virginia, and especially the mathletes over at the Richmond Fed who have to make the indexes look a lot better than they actually are for the 5th District.
Northrop Grumman has chosen Northern Virginia as the new home for its global headquarters, ending a heated competition among Virginia, Maryland and the District for the prestige of playing host to the defense contracting giant.
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) announced the decision Monday night in a joint statement with Northrop, describing the selection as a victory for what he called his administration's commitment to promoting business development.
"To gain the corporate headquarters of one of the largest global security contractors in the world is a testament to the strong business climate that we are focused on continually improving," said McDonnell, who has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon at Northrop's Rosslyn offices to discuss the move.
The statement did not specify a final site for the new headquarters. The company has been considering locations in Fairfax and Arlington.
Maryland tried to seduce Northrop Grumman too but with the argument that it is far more gay-friendly than, say, Northern Virginia. I can't say I've seen much of the state and there were only slight amounts of gay going on in the area that I did happen to catch but that's irrelevant and Maryland lost. Besides, it's still the same damn district and YAY will this make the numbers look shiny and new.
BEST. RECOVERY. EVAR!! Now let's build some weapons and blow some shit up! Woo!
Someone hide Jocelyn Testes-Harder if other businesses start sniffing around Virginia to see if they can get a piece of this hot McDonnell action while the checks are still good.