State Dept. to build school in Queen Anne's County

December 01, 2009

The federal government has chosen a 2,000-acre Eastern Shore farm as the preferred location of a new State Department campus for training diplomats and security personnel. The Queen Anne's County property, near Routes 304 and 481, was one of several potential sites under study in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, including one close to Hagerstown. A public hearing on construction of the planned Foreign Affairs Security Training Center, which would include shooting ranges, a terrorist avoidance driving school, munitions detection and language instruction, is expected to be held later this month. Designed to consolidate training that now takes place at 15 places around the U.S., the project could cost as much as $500 million and, when completed, employ about 500 full-time personnel and train up to 10,000 students a year.

- Paul West

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