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Mecklenburg commissioners hear update on effort to lure Boeing

Efforts to move Boeing Co. to North Carolina moved forward this week with Mecklenburg County commissioners receiving a briefing Tuesday from a Charlotte Chamber official.

Commissioners were not asked to take any action, such as voting on incentives, according to four people who were in the room. Rather, they described the briefing as a “heads up” about the state’s efforts.

Jeff Edge, the chamber’s senior vice president for economic development, briefed commissioners in two closed sessions about a proposal involving Charlotte Douglas International Airport property. Reached Wednesday, Edge declined to discuss his remarks.

Edge outlined a proposal for a potential Boeing site comprising hundreds of acres of city-owned airport property, according to the four people, who requested anonymity to discuss economic development matters. Greensboro and Kinston are other North Carolina sites being discussed as possible locations for Boeing.

Chicago-based Boeing is searching for sites to build its new 777X jetliner. Some 54 sites in 22 states have been proposed, with some states offering huge incentive packages in hopes of landing the thousands of jobs it will bring. Last week, for example, Missouri’s governor signed legislation offering $1.7 billion in tax incentives to entice Boeing to the state.

This week, the company will narrow its list of potential sites “down to a handful,” Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner said in a message to company employees, The Seattle Times reported Tuesday. Reached Wednesday, a Boeing official would not elaborate on that process, or say whether a narrowed-down list would be made public.

Charlotte City Council discussed the city’s bid to land the plant for the jetliner during a closed session last week, officials said. The officials said the city planned to give Boeing details about a site near the airport.

The city of Charlotte and North Carolina officials have not announced whether they will offer Boeing incentives. North Carolina Commerce Department officials declined to discuss whether the department is in talks with Boeing. Staff Writer Eric Frazier contributed.

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