LoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4028 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1458 times:
Here's the storry that was reported in the DFW area by WFAA Channel 8, the local ABC affiliate there:
DALLAS β Boeing won't say so officially, but there is a strong indication from other sources in North Texas and Seattle that the company's decision about where to relocate its corporate headquarers could come as soon as this week.
When Boeing executives visited North Texas last month, they predicted their choice would be revealed by mid-to-late May, but other factors may force them to move up that announcement.
Various sources in Texas and in Seattle tell News 8 there is a higher probability that Boeing will make its big announcement Thursday or Friday of this week.
It's a decision eagerly awaited by officials in North Texas, in Denver and Chicago -- the three areas Boeing identified as finalists.
"We're as anxious for their decision as everyone else," said Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk as he went about the business of dedicating the new University of North Texas at Dallas campus.
Should Boeing decide on a Texas location, it has already narrowed the interim sites to two buildings in Irving and two in downtown Dallas.
Real estate sources say Boeing's broker -- Cushman realty -- is encouraging the company to make its selection by Thursday. Other sources say Boeing wants to refrain from an announcement near the May 16 execution of Oklahoma City bomber Tim McVeigh, which will dominate news coverage.
Boeing urgently requested more North Texas economic incentive data by last Friday, indicating to some that a decision is imminent.
When that announcement comes, the plan to reveal Boeing's choice reads like a spy novel, according to one source.
Boeing chairman Phil Condit will call the governors of Texas, Illinois and Colorado and tell them a decision is coming. Condit will then board his Boeing jet. The pilot will have filed a flight plan to each state.
Only after the plane is airborne will Condit phone the winning state's governor, telling him he's on the way for the big announcement.
Another reason for Boeing's speed is an ambitious moving plan, which calls for operations to begin at its new headquarters by September.
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CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (15 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1381 times:
Supposedly, Boeing narrowed down the Chicago site to a high-rise downtown in the Loop. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.....
Boeing Builds Suspense Before It Unveils New Home
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Aerospace giant Boeing Co. plans to announce as soon as
Thursday the winning city in its two-month search for a new headquarters,
and hopes to keep Chicago, Dallas and Denver in suspense until the last
possible moment, according to news reports and Texas officials.
Seattle news outlets reported Boeing will run large ads on Thursday in
newspapers in the three finalist cities, and will call local officials from
Chairman Phil Condit's plane once its left Seattle after informing its
employees of the decision.
Officials in Texas said Boeing will not file a flight plan for Condit's
private plane until it takes off, hoping to keep the decision secret for a
few more hours. A news conference will be held after Condit touches down in
the winning city.
``They will call the governor of the winning state from the air first, and
then the governors of the other two states,'' said Kathy Walt, a
spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Economic development officials in Texas, Illinois and Colorado said Boeing
had requested contact numbers for their respective governors, fanning
speculation that the phone calls were imminent.
``They will probably make their decision by the latter part of this week,''
Reid Rector, executive vice president for economic development at the Fort
Worth Chamber of Commerce (news - web sites), told Reuters.
``That is based on a flurry of last-minute contacts last week, additional
information requests (from Boeing), with a deadline of last Friday for the
answers,'' said Rector, who joined a Dallas counterpart in making the
regional pitch to Boeing.
Boeing plans to move 500 of its 1,000 corporate headquarters employees to
its new home city, but nearly 80,000 employees will remain in Washington
state, where the company assembles most of its big commercial airplanes.
Boeing employs a total of nearly 200,000 people at sites across the United
States and in a handful of cities overseas.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Chicago is the
''front-runner,'' but other media have speculated that Dallas will win.
Each city is closer to the Wall Street bankers and the Washington lawmakers
and regulators that Condit has said he is tired of flying 3,000 miles to
No published report has cited Denver as the leading contender, and most
experts believe Boeing will not relocate there.
Condit has said he wants to move the headquarters away from Boeing's
85-year-old commercial jet unit, the biggest in the world. But he also
seeks distance from the company's military jet and missile headquarters in
St. Louis and space and communications business in Southern California.
The new headquarters location would give the Boeing units more
independence, the company has said, and it has promoted the heads of its
commercial jet, military and space units to newly created chief executive
posts, giving them more control over their day-to-day operations.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Boeing had narrowed its list of choices
to individual sites in each city -- a downtown Chicago building that once
housed Morton International Co., a one-time data processing center near
Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport and a downtown office tower in Denver.
ORD Boy 2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 324 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (15 years 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1321 times:
100 North Riverside Plaza (the new HQ is near Madison and Canal Streets downtown if I remember correctly. It is right above Chicago-Union Station hub of united's rail partner AMTRAK. But anyway it is in the heart of downtown look for the announcement with Mayor Richard M. Daley (D-Chicago) and Governor George H. Ryan (R-Burrboines) I cant ever spell that towns name but it is north of Kankakee. So to CEO Phil Condit Allan Mullaly and others welcome to SWEET HOME CHICAGO