Boeing hires LA help for move; Texas officials plan meeting

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DALLAS (AP) In continued efforts to lure Boeing Co. leaders to North Texas, business leaders have been setting up better lines of communications to the giant aerospace company.

Officials from Dallas-Fort Worth area cities, the state economic development board and all the regional chambers were scheduled to meet Friday morning at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to hash out a plan to entice the aerospace company to relocate in Texas.

''It's to make sure we speak with a single united voice in the initial stage of this project. Our initial competition is Denver and Chicago and not each other,'' Bill Sproull, vice president of economic development for the Greater Dallas Chamber, told The Dallas Morning News in Friday's editions.

Real estate developers and brokers anticipate that Boeing will lease temporary office space for its headquarters in one of the three cities.

Executives of Boeing, currently based in Seattle, have hired a Los Angeles-based real estate company to coordinate their move to a new corporate headquarters, for which Chicago and Denver are also competing.

Officials of Cushman Realty Co., a 23-year-old firm with experience in corporate office transactions, will evaluate real estate opportunities in the three cities, the officials said Thursday.

Boeing executives turned down proposals from Dallas-based Staubach Co. and Trammell Crow Co. in making the decision.

With offices in Denver, Chicago and Houston, Cushman has an investment sales division which brokered recent sales of two of the city's largest downtown skyscrapers Bank One Center and Renaissance Tower.

Last week, Boeing executives announced they would relocate its corporate headquarters and 500 top executives from Seattle, where the company was founded 85 years ago.

Boeing officials have said that they plan to be in their new location before the end of this year.

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