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Governor wants never-used statute to aid Boeing

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm •  Published: July 11, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state and local officials are looking to expedite their permitting work in order to woo Boeing as the company mulls where to build its 777X jetliner.

Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday he wants to utilize a never-used law that would lead to more state and local coordination to help streamline the permitting process. To do that, officials in Everett and Snohomish County have requested that an expansion of Boeing's plant in Everett would be deemed a "Project of Statewide Significance."

The Legislature created the designation in 1997, but the plan has never been used. Inslee has directed the Washington state Department of Commerce to move quickly to consider whether the project could get that label.

"I can't imagine a project that has more significance to the entire State of Washington than the facilities necessary to design and fabricate the 777X and its component parts," Inslee said in a statement. "We are doing all we can to ensure that we are ready to accommodate Boeing's needs as it moves forward with this new airplane program."

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