"You've almost got a perfect storm," says Larry Fitzgerald, a broker with Grubb & Ellis who works in Prince William.
Besides the shifting of thousands of federal jobs to these military bases, there's also a push at Quantico to get private-sector firms off base property, he
That's also driving the need for office space nearby.
"It's going to be a period of time before the county has any significant gains from this, but from the long-term picture it's all good for the county," Fitzgerald
also thinks there's not enough office space to meet the expected demand, which creates a kind of Catch-22.
Subcontractors that win a contract with some federal agency want to lease office space near their client quickly, but builders often can't get financing until they have a signed lease.
predicts the winners in that kind of market will be the bigger firms with the capital to build now.
"Developers who have the risk tolerance are going to reap the benefits," he
Even though Prince William borders on two of the wealthiest counties in the nation, Loudoun and Fairfax, the power of federal government spending is so strong that even an outer suburb like Prince William "can tell a good story," Fitzgerald
It has a decent transportation network, with the I-66 and I-95 corridors and the Prince William Parkway connecting both ends of the county.
Despite a slow 2009 - the weakest year since 2000 for new and expanding businesses with just $62 million invested - many remain bullish on its future.
"It's just a matter of time," Fitzgerald