Jun 07, 2012
Redskins deal expands team’s presence in Loudoun, Richmond
07 Jun 2012
Posted by Andrew Kantor
The “Washington” Redskins may not be much on the field, but they are — as Gov. McDonnell put it, “an economic engine for our state” … even if they play in Maryland.
Which is why, along with Loudoun County and the city of Richmond, the state made a $6.4 million deal to expand the Skins’ training facility in Loudoun, and to move their August training camp to Richmond.
The state is — depending on your point of view — either spending or investing $4 million over two years; Loudoun kicked in $2 million, and Richmond added $400,000.
McDonnell — who, by the way, is married to a former Redskins cheerleader — wanted to borrow $6 million by raising the limit on the state’s economic contingency account, but the House of Delegates prevented that.
Instead, McDonnell is using money from a grant program that requires the team to make certain investments and create a certain number of long-term jobs before it gets the cash.