Very interesting article in today's Seattle Times:
Washington is among a "handful" of states still in the running to build Boeing's next-generation 7E7 jet, and Boeing may be ready to announce its decision as early as October, Gov. Gary Locke said yesterday.
At a gathering of business leaders in Seattle, Locke said he and his staff have been in continual contact with top Boeing officials. Everett, where Boeing widebody planes are now made, and Moses Lake, 170 miles east of Seattle, are still in contention.
He would not say which other states are on the short list, only that Washington and "a handful" of others are still in the running.
State and local officials in Texas, a state widely mentioned as a strong candidate for the Boeing plant, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram yesterday that they had no indications any Texas site was on the short list.
Several local officials there said there have been reports that representatives of Boeing or its consulting firm had visited the Harlingen area, near the Mexican border, in recent weeks.
When Boeing solicited information from Texas on possible sites, it specifically asked about Harlingen.
There have been no sightings of Boeing representatives in and around either Fort Worth, which pitched Alliance Airport as a site for the plant, or in San Antonio, local officials in Texas told the Star-Telegram.
In California, a lead representative of the effort to bring the 7E7 plant to Victorville said yesterday he had heard from Boeing's site consultant that none of the finalist sites are in California.