BenH wrote:Note in particular this curious statement, "Additionally, as part of these changes, we will simplify our titling for senior officials by adopting a three-level titling structure of Executive Vice President, Vice President and Assistant Vice President to apply to all such positions."
jwhite07 wrote:Wasn't Amtrak's early-days HQ down around L'Enfant Plaza someplace?
gokeefe wrote:The Washington DC address is likely partly in order to ensure that any legal actions are heard in the federal judicial district that is limited to Washington DC. That court has extensive experience with litigation related to the federal government and as such it is highly preferable for government agencies to have their cases heard there.
ThirdRail7 wrote:I was told from multiple people (and it is now posted on another board) that Amtrak has to maintain a Washington DC address as its principal location. Apparently, this helps since Amtrak is some sort of federal entity and being centered in WAS helps it avoid certain laws.
Tadman wrote:ThirdRail7 wrote:
Also, Fiat/Chrysler has their "headquarters" in the Netherlands for tax reasons. There is not doubt that Chairman Marchionne is working in either Auburn Hills or Turin. He was a bit famous for moving off the executive floor and down to an engineering floor.
Gilbert B Norman wrote:According to Wiki, Union Station is owned by the non-profit Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, but an 84-year lease of the property is held by New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation and managed by Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle. The physical plant is owned by Washington Terminal Company, which is 99.99% owned by Amtrak (some minority interest is playing "stick in the mud").
Amtrak owns [s]outright[/s] the Chicago Union Station Company, and their building has six floors of vacant office space. While there are plans to redevelop CUS with a 25 story atop the so-called Great Hall (it was built with caissons that can support such a structure; as that what was planned during 1920 until "politics got in the way"), those seem to be going slow at present. So who knows, maybe Amtrak HQ could come out here - and maybe get Washington out of their hair (well, a little bit).
Now so far as the organizational shake up goes, there's a new Sheriff in town writing a new script for the "Who's On First" skit.