Local leaders lobby to bring Boeing back to Spokane

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 7:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane leaders are hoping a state proposal to bring the next Boeing jet to Washington State is opportunity to bring the aviation company back to Eastern Washington. 

A deal made by the Machinist Union and Boeing earlier in January promised to bring the new plant for the 777X to Washington to Western Washington.

Before the deal, the proposal suggested Spokane might be a better option for the company. Local leaders said that is still the case. State leaders said Spokane would save the company more money than building another plant in Everett.
Staff at Greater Spokane Incorporated were asked by the state to help with the proposal.

“Spokane is a lower cost alternative, we have risen pretty high in the ranking,” said Robin Toth of Greater Spokane Incorporated.

They argued our area has cheaper utilities, a site ready for the project and better traffic.

GSI staff is getting ready to visit Olympia to help bring money back to the Inland Northwest. They believed Spokane could help bring Boeing back to the Inland Northwest.

“Spokane is ready for Boeing, something similar, a project related to that, we’re a great city to live,” said Sandra Jarrad of Greater Spokane Incorporated.

Local leaders said the Washington’s vote of confidence in Spokane should show Boeing and other companies that our area can support more of the aerospace industry.

GSI said construction on the first site for the 777X is expected to start in November. They hope to learn where certain projects for the jet will go in the months ahead.

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