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Washington delegation backs Alabama Governor Bentley for Boeing jetliner

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Alabama's Washington delegation of elected representatives issued a statement of support for Governor Robert Bentley's proposal to Boeing Chairman, President and CEO, James McNerney, Jr., to build the planned 777X aircraft in Alabama.

Huntsville, Alabama is among the locations currently under consideration by Boeing.

Joining Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions on the following statement were Congressmen Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Spencer Bachus, Mike Rogers, Martha Roby and Terri Sewell - representing a bipartisan voice:

“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 (the delegation) 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 delegation highlighted Boeing’s significant existing footprint in North Alabama, which boasts a business-friendly environment that includes decades of high-tech aerospace expertise, low taxation and cost-of-living, a rational regulatory regime, right-to-work laws, low utility rates and excellent infrastructure.

Also noted were existing facilities and approximately 200 available acres of Boeing property adjacent to the Huntsville International Airport.

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