Aggressive Agenda on Tap for Prince George’s County

An article in the Gazette highlights some of the major economic development and legislative initiatives that may be underway in Prince George’s County during 2014.

2014 will be huge in terms of economic development in the county, said David Iannucci, senior economic development adviser for County Executive Rushern L. Baker.

Two mixed-use development projects, in New Carrolton and in Hyattsville, are expected to break ground this year, Iannucci said. The Laurel Towne Centre, another mixed-use development on the grounds of the old Laurel Mall, is expected to open this summer.

A decision on the location of the new FBI headquarters may come in March, said Aubrey D. Thagard, senior economic development adviser.

The county also hopes to move forward on the MGM Casino at National Harbor and the new hospital at Largo Town Center.

In addition, the upcoming legislative session will be a busy one.

Twenty-eight bills are being put forth by the Prince George’s County House Delegation to the General Assembly this year, including one that would authorize the County Council to impose a five-cent fee on plastic and paper shopping bags.

The County Council also plans to support legislation before the General Assembly to provide funding for “pre-kindergarten education” and increase the state’s minimum wage.