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Governor Nixon courting Boeing, hopes to return thousands of jobs to area

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

( -- Thousands of high paying jobs are up for grabs to the city that lands the Boeing 777 assembly plant, but is the cost of luring them to St. Louis worth it?

Governor Jay Nixon says yes, and it will take a bipartisan effort.

However, getting Boeing to expand in St. Louis won’t be cheap. At a Chesterfield hotel, Governor Nixon touted what’s been called a “game changer” – a chance to bring thousands of manufacturing jobs back to the area.

An aviation analyst with the Teal Group in Washington D.C. told News 4 it’s highly unlikely. Analysts predict Boeing will stay put in Seattle after shopping around offers from places like Missouri.

Nixon says he’s talked with high ranking Boeing officials and is prepared to put together a competitive proposal to lure the company to the region, which means competing with right to work states in the south.

Washington State is already offering billions in tax breaks, which the governor says is ok to offer as long as there is a return for the state.

Nixon wouldn’t say how much Missouri would offer, but it’s likely the governor will call a special session of the legislature to hammer out a plan by year’s end.

Another hurdle facing St. Louis is Missouri’s lack of a seaport.

Nixon says he is prepared to work through the holiday, and met with party leaders Wednesday.


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