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Tuesday is deadline for Boeing relocation bid

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A Missouri newspaper claims to have obtained Boeing's wish list for their 777x plant relocation.

Tuesday is the deadline for states to submit their bids for the Boeing plant and it's believed Boeing could be looking at Huntsville.

At least 10 states are interested in landing this deal. Governor Robert Bentley says Alabama was the first state Boeing visited. For weeks now, state lawmakers have been working on an incentive package to offer Boeing.

The "Saint Louis Post Dispatch" claims to have obtained Boeing's "request for proposal." According to the "Dispatch," the proposal is an 11-page document where Boeing lists what their desired incentives are. One of those is a 9,000-foot runway, which Huntsville does have.

The article also says Boeing wants a site at no cost, or very low cost. The company also wants facilities at no cost or reduced cost. The proposal allegedly asks for infrastructure improvements provided by the locals, a full support in worker training, and tax breaks. Boeing is also looking for easy access to a major highway and a direct rail spur.

Rep. Paul DeMarco isn't working on this deal, but he knows how the process works.

"That's just the game now and you have to have that balance between providing incentives and making sure the job follows the incentives," DeMarco said. "If you do have Boeing come to the state the jobs will not just be limited to the Huntsville area. You will see jobs come down to Blount County, and other areas in our Birmingham Hoover region."

Governor Bentley has not yet called a special session to discuss incentives. DeMarco says he probably won't until it's closer to being a done deal since Special Sessions are costly to tax payers. The deadline for proposals is December 10th. Boeing is expected to make a decision in the beginning of 2014.

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