Verizon Communications Inc. plans to move about 400 employees from a Prince George's County office park to a building in Montgomery County. The relocation would put the employees, who provide customer service for DSL users, in space that Verizon already occupies in Silver Spring. It would leave three floors in Largo's Inglewood Office Park empty.

The move was spurred by Verizon's planned merger with MCI Inc., the company said.

"As a company that is going through a number of changes you have to look at real estate costs and make sure you are making the best use of space," said company spokesman Harry Mitchell last week in an interview.

Verizon will still have about 2,000 employees in Prince George's, Mitchell said. "Our commitment to Prince George's County remains strong."

Prince George's officials have been working hard to attract and retain companies. Its residents have commutes to work that are among the longest in the nation; they travel more than 34 minutes each way, according to a recent Census survey.

"We are working actively with the building owners to identify additional tenants for the space," said Kwasi Holman, president of the Prince George's Economic Development Corp. "We are sorry to see these employees relocate out of the county."

-- Krissah Williams

Kwasi Holman, president of Prince George's County Economic Development Corp., is looking for tenants to fill three floors vacated by Verizon in a Largo office park.