Earlier this afternoon, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell hosted a joint press conference with Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones to discuss the Washington Redskins' agreement to stay in the Commonwealth.
The agreement calls for the Redskins to stay at their current practice facilities at Redskins Park, with the state offering $30 million for "significant upgrades." The Redskins will also move their training camp to a yet undetermined facility in the city of Richmond, starting in 2013.
Gov. McDonnell--a proud Redskins fan of 45 years--beamed as he explained the negotation process, which figures to be a win-win for both sides.
"I am delighted to announce today, after coach [Mike] Shanahan, general manager [Bruce] Allen and Mr. [Daniel M.] Snyder looked at things, they decided that their permanent home should be in the Commonwealth of Virginia," he said. "They have a Washington name and a Maryland playing location, but we still consider them a Virginia company because of their headquarters are in Ashburn."
Gov. McDonnell discussed several facts and figures for the team's economic impact in the state, which will be boosted under the new agreement.
"We found that the Redskins support about 1,832 jobs in the state, both directly and indirectly," McDonnell reported. "The team generates about $200 million in total economic activity in our Commonwealth."
He added that the planned facility upgrades will create nearly 400 jobs during the building process, and generate $53 million dollars in total economic activity.
"We think it's tremendous," Gov. McDonnell said. "This is a truly a regional team, it is a great team, it is one of America's most valuable franchises."
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones echoed the governor's excitement, and reported on the ongoing search for the team's training camp location in Richmond.
"There are no locations that are not being considered," he said. "Our commitment is to put together a task force of individuals that will help us as we work with the Redskins to find a suitable location. It is our intention to make sure that they have a world-class facility that will make all of us proud, make them comfortable, and make the next eight years great."