Dec 11 2013

AL Delegation Backs Bentley Proposal to Lure New Aerospace Jobs

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