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
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.
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.