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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 11:45 am | Updated: 12:05 pm, Wed Dec 11, 2013.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2013 -- The Alabama Congressional delegation today issued a bipartisan statement of support for Governor Robert Bentley's proposal to Boeing Chairman, President and CEO, James McNerney, Jr., to build the aerospace giant's planned 777X aircraft in the state. Huntsville, Alabama is among the locations currently under consideration by Boeing. Today is the submission deadline for competing bids by states in the running to land the work.

Joining Senators Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on the following statement were Congressmen Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville), Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), Spencer Bachus (R-Vestavia Hills), Mike Rogers (R-Saks), Martha Roby (R-Montgomery), and Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham):

“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 commend the city and state for so aggressively pursuing this economic development opportunity and stand ready to support these efforts in any way possible.”

On November 22, 2013, the Alabama delegation wrote a letter to McNerney detailing the state's strong case as the prime location to build the 777X. 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. The letter also points to world-class engineering and science facilities at Alabama’s universities statewi

November 22, 2013

W. James McNerney, Jr.

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer

The Boeing Company

100 North Riverside

Chicago, IL 60606

Dear Jim,

It has recently come to our attention that Boeing is considering locations for its planned 777X fuselage manufacturing, composite wing fabrication, and final assembly operations. We are pleased to hear reports that Huntsville is in contention as a location for this expansion. Thus, we write to tell you why North Alabama is the best choice.

Given that Boeing already has such a significant presence in Huntsville, including performing much of its 787 and future 777X engineering work there, you are already familiar with the large, skilled, and reliable workforce that the area provides. All of Alabama’s universities offer top-notch engineering and science programs with state-of-the-art facilities that can provide the skilled personnel that your expanded presence in Huntsville would require. Locally, the University of Alabama in Huntsville offers one of the nation’s best Aerospace Engineering programs, while the Alabama Aviation Center, in partnership with the state’s two-year college system, is also committed to providing large numbers of well-educated and trained aerospace workers.

When determining where to locate these new operations, we also hope you will remember that North Alabama’s hospitable business environment 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.

Finally, we want to underscore that Huntsville is not a landlocked location. It provides immediate access to an international airport with tremendous available capacity, the interstate highway system, the national rail system, and the inland waterway system. In fact, United Launch Alliance, Boeing’s joint venture with Lockheed Martin, has been manufacturing large Atlas and Delta rocket stages in nearby Decatur and shipping them via inland waterways to the Gulf of Mexico and on to Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base for many years.

We are very pleased to learn of Boeing’s interest in expanding its already significant footprint in Alabama and thus request an opportunity to meet with you to discuss this possibility during the second or third week of December. Please contact Senator Shelby’s office at your earliest convenience for scheduling purposes.

Sincerely,

Richard Shelby Jeff Sessions

 United States Senator United States Senator

Robert Aderholt Mo Brooks

United States Congressman United States Congressman

Spencer Bachus Mike Rogers

United States Congressman United States Congressman

Martha Roby Terri Sewell

United States Congressman United States Congressman

de that are producing an abundance of highly skilled workers that would be required to fill the jobs created.

Below is the full text of the letter from the Alabama Delegation

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