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Charlotte makes bid for Boeing

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The deadline  to submit a bid for a new plane assembly plant is today. Boeing could bring as many as eight thousand new jobs. 

While other cities are making a show of wooing the company, things in Charlotte have been relatively quiet.

We know that city officials discussed Charlotte's bid to land Boeing last night, but they did so in a closed session. Both the city and the state have been very tightlipped about any efforts to win this jetliner production plant.

Their silence stands in contrast to officials from other areas working to win the Boeing development. Today, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed an incentive package meant for Boeing.  And last week, when news broke that the Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer was seeking bids from a dozen locations across the U.S., a slew of governors, congressional representatives and officials from other areas all talked about the rush to win such a significant development.

To be considered by Boeing, bids would have to include serious incentive packages and big tax breaks from cities and states.

Governor Pat McCrory was questioned about all of this when he was in Charlotte yesterday, but he would not comment.

Besides offering big incentive packages, the city that makes the final cut will need a lot of desirable land and it'll need to make it available to Boeing at low to no cost.

The Charlotte Observer says Charlotte may offer Boeing this 370-acre site just south of Charlotte Douglas Airport, next to the Norfolk Southern intermodal yard that's under construction now, but the paper did not name its sources.

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