Boeing deal could have big ramifications for Renton

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by CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News

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Posted on November 30, 2011 at 6:37 PM

RENTON, Wash. - Just outside her window, Linda Rodriguez sees industry and opportunity.

"We have a lot of Boeing shoppers that come in here,” she said.

The manager of "Everything Party" cannot stop smiling, thanks to the news that Boeing will indeed build the 737 Max across the street.

"That means we'll be here too, so we can make all that money," she said with a chuckle.

Renton Mayor Denis Law feels the same way.

"We are thrilled, as you can imagine,” he said.

It wasn't long ago there were rumblings that Boeing might end its decades long association with the city, after the company sold off acreage since redeveloped as a mixed use/retail complex called “The Landing.”

"We feel like this has just been a gift right before the holiday,” said Law.

He believes this early present will deliver tenants to vacant storefronts there, like the one next to Rodriguez.

"We'd be happy to fill up about 1,000 balloons for Boeing,” said Rodriguez.

She thinks her neighbor's announcement now gives Renton reasons to celebrate.

"I see a bright future for everyone around here,” she said.

Renton leaders say it's tough to immediately quantify what Boeing's announcement means, although the mayor says roughly 10,000 jobs in the city are directly tied to the Boeing 737 line.

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