Muscular Dystrophy Association moving to Chicago
BY DAVID ROEDER Staff Reporter September 19, 2013 6:08PM
Updated: September 19, 2013 7:04PM
The Muscular Dystrophy Association said Thursday it will move its Tucson, Ariz., headquarters to the Chicago area early next year.
The organization said it expects a staff of 30 to 40 people to work out of the new office, including some transferees. The MDA said it is also assigning more people to other cities deemed important to its mission—New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
“Chicago is an ideal location to serve as the home of our national office,” said Dr. R. Rodney Howell, MDA chairman. “This move will give MDA opportunities to enhance both our income and our mission impact.”
It hired the real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield Inc. to scout locations in the city and the suburbs. While there was no pledge to open within Chicago itself, the MDA’s announcement contained a celebratory comment from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“Chicago is a national leader in health care and medical research and is the perfect place for MDA to continue its great work in finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases,” said the mayoral statement. “We look forward to working with MDA and supporting its growth here.”
MDA said it moved to Tucson from New York in 1991. It plans to sell its Tucson property but keep an operations center there.