Time running out for states bidding on Boeing 777X

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by GLENN FARLEY / KING5 News Aviation Specialist

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Posted on December 6, 2013 at 7:42 PM

SEATTLE - Another state has publicly joined the race competing for Boeing's 777X airliner.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his state has received a request for proposals and will try to bring jetliner production and 8,500 jobs to The Peach State.

Hundreds of miles away in Missouri's capital of Jefferson City, the state House approved a $1.7 billion dollar tax incentive package to try and woo the plant for St. Louis, where Boeing already builds military fighter jets. 

Speaker of the House Tim Jones said their goals was "to send this to the governor's desk so he can put Missouri's best foot forward and compete on a global scale for an opportunity, for whatever state is the lucky winner, it will provide thousands of stable, solid high paying jobs."

Governor Jay Nixon was expected to sign the incentive package into law Friday night.

That now makes ten states known to be in the competition or strongly suspected to be in play. Those states include Washington, California, Utah, Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina,  Georgia, Kansas and Missouri.  Wisconsin says it's sending a proposal to Boeing even though the state says it was not asked.  Sources told KING 5 News that Boeing was reaching out to 15 states, but five of those states remain a mystery.

Boeing threw 777X production out to bid after the Machinists Union rejected 2 to 1 an offer by the company that many considered too full of concessions.
 

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