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February 3, 2011

Urbana chosen for national Social Security center

Federal officials have chosen Frederick County to be the site of the Social Security Administration’s new National Support Center.

Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett said the project would bring “good paying, technical and professional job opportunities” to his district.

“Frederick County provides a terrific match for the Social Security Administration,” the Western Maryland Republican said Thursday. “Locating this data center in Urbana will improve the quality of life for many employees by reducing their commutes and fuel use by taking traffic off I-70 and I-270.”

Members of the state’s congressional delegation said last year that the facility on Bennett Creek Boulevard in Urbana would bring up to 250 new jobs.

“It’s excellent news,” said Blaine R. Young, president of the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners. “In a challenging economy, it’s going to put a lot of people to work.”

The General Services Administration, the real estate arm of the federal government, chose Urbana over Woodlawn, where the Social Security Administration is headquartered.

In an internal communication, officials cited “a combination of favorable infrastructure and operating costs, environmental acceptability and favorable construction conditions.”

Posted by Matthew Hay Brown at 6:06 PM | | Comments (5)
        

Comments

Did Roscoe clear this pork-fed monstrosity with the Tea Party? He joined their caucus! what could he have been thinking?

By locating it in Frederick County, it will end the patronage system that supported the hiring and promotion system of the Woodlawn Mega Mutha. Not many of the current denizens will opt to make the drive to Frederick for their attendence payments, er, I mean paychecks.

Politics 101

boys & girls welocome to Maryland.

This is good news for Montgomery County as well, since Urbana is within easy commuting distance from the north part of that county.

Why snoop it sounds like you were turned down for a job to be a denizen.
What you don't know as you struggle to make ends meet is that the "takers" in Woodlawn won't have to budge. The 250 jobs in Frederick will be new jobs. So you might want to apply if you are can, er, are smart enough. Keep trying your data is safe.

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