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AL delegation supports governor's plan to land Boeing

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The bipartisan group said in a statement that "Alabama's workforce is second to none." The bipartisan group said in a statement that "Alabama's workforce is second to none."
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The deadline for incentives to land a new Boeing plant were due Tuesday. Alabama's offer includes financial incentives that currently do not exist.

Governor Robert Bentley said state leaders will look at a different incentive package if Boeing decides to choose Alabama to locate its 777X manufacturing plant.

Tuesday, the Alabama Congressional Delegation issued a bipartisan statement saying the group supports the governor's proposal, saying in part, "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."

Alabama is one of about a dozen states hoping for the $7-10 billion plant that would create up to 8,500 jobs by 2024.

Boeing currently works with more than 200 businesses in Alabama and has purchased more than $400 million from suppliers and vendors in the state. They currently employ more than 2,500 people in Alabama, and supports about 16,000 additional direct and indirect jobs.

A further 2,400 people in the state are Boeing retirees. Boeing has made $1.7 million in charitable contributions in Alabama.

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