Alabama lawmakers continue push to attract Boeing to Huntsville
With Alabama's offer to Boeing reportedly in the company's hands, the state's Congressional delegation is continuing its push to land the 777X production plant for Huntsville.
The delegation issued a bipartisan statement of support today for Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal to Boeing Chairman, President and CEO James McNerney Jr. Details of the plan have not been released and Alabama is reportedly among 15 states vying for the $10 billion facility and its 8,500 jobs.
The statement was issued by Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions and Reps. Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Spencer Bachus, Mike Rogers, Martha Roby and Terri Sewell. The lawmakers said:
"Huntsville is a world leader in aerospace and aviation innovation, and Alabama's workforce is second to none. There is simply no better place for Boeing to locate its new 777X design, manufacturing, fabrication, and assembly operations. We commend the city and state for so aggressively pursuing this economic development opportunity and stand ready to support these efforts in any way possible."
The statement comes on the heels of a Nov. 22 letter from the delegation which highlighted Boeing's existing footprint in North Alabama and the area's business-friendly environment. The letter also pointed to the available workforce in the Huntsville area and the available training programs.
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