U.S. Bowling Congress moving to Texas

March 12, 2008 6:09:06 PM PDT
The United States Bowling Congress has decided to move its headquarters from suburban Milwaukee to Arlington, Texas. The group, considered the sport's governing body, had been in Milwaukee since 1906. Its leaders decided to move to Arlington after hearing pitches from both communities at a meeting in Atlanta on Sunday.

The move will pair the Bowling Congress with the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America there, the trade group for those in the industry.

The two groups plan to build a $14 million international bowling campus in Arlington, USBC President Jeff Boje said in a news release Tuesday. They also hope to strengthen the sport by working together on youth bowling and coaching programs.

The decision means more than 200 jobs will move from Greendale, a Milwaukee suburb.

USBC had hinted for months it wanted to leave Milwaukee. It cited the cost of doing business, including taxes and health care costs, in southeast Wisconsin as a major factor.

Milwaukee has long counted bowling as a big part of its heritage. The main characters in the 1970s television show "Laverne and Shirley," which was set in Milwaukee, often bowled.

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