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Charlotte making bid for Boeing

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When it comes to landing Boeing, competition will be fierce. A source working on Charlotte's bid confirmed that the city was recently approached by Boeing officials to see if it wanted to compete for the company's next big plant.

A project that could potentially bring 8 to 10,000 jobs and a world-renowned aerospace industry leader to the Queen City? 

The answer, of course, was yes.

But how much is Charlotte willing to give to get the plant?

And can it get enough support from the state to close a deal with Boeing?
So far, the answer to both those questions is unclear. City officials aren't talking, but we caught Governor Pat McCrory in Concord Thursday, and asked about his interest in Boeing.

"I'm not going to comment on any specific recruitment or confirm any specific recruitment," he said.

Officials from other areas, however, are not being quite so conservative about the rush to woo the jet maker.

WBTV obtained a pointed letter to Boeing's Chair and CEO from Alabama's Congressional delegation touting North Alabama as the best choice for Boeing.

And Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called a special session of that state's general assembly this week to discuss $150 million worth of annual incentives for Boeing.

South Carolina is another contender. It already has a plant in North Charleston producing Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, and Governor Nikki Haley had plenty to say about the company.

"What I don't want to be is harassing to them," Haley says. "What I do want to be is very supportive of them."

WBTV called some of North Carolina's Congressmen to see if they put together any kind of letter to Boeing execs like Alabama's representatives did. Representatives Watt and Pittenger tell us they have not made any such communication.

State and local governments only have until Tuesday to submit their proposals.

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