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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.

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"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.

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"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."

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