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Gregoire Outlines $9.8 Million Plan to Win Boeing 737 MAX

Wednesday, November 16, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Gregoire Outlines $9.8 Million Plan to Win Boeing 737 MAX
Michelle Dunlop, Herald writer

EVERETT — Snohomish County's hopes for securing work on future Boeing Co. jets depend largely on how the state responds to Gov. Chris Gregoire's $9.8 million plan to win the 737 MAX.

"It is essential that our region's stakeholders acknowledge that investing in work force is about much more than the 737 MAX; it is about the future competitiveness of all aerospace programs in Washington state, including Snohomish County,” said Troy McClelland, president of Economic Alliance Snohomish County.

Boeing builds its single-aisle 737 jet in Renton. But the company is eyeing other locations to assemble its re-engined version of the plane, called the 737 MAX. The company is expected to make its decision in the next several months.

On Wednesday, Gregoire outlined her proposal to boost aerospace training and education in order to land 737 MAX work. Her plan is based on recommendations made by a consulting firm, Accenture, which completed a study of the state's competitiveness.

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