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Less than a year after losing a bid for Boeing’s 777X commercial plane, state and local officials couldn’t be happier about the aircraft manufacturer’s latest announcement that some of the 777X’s parts will be built here – creating 700 new jobs.

The 700 comes on top of 500 defense-related jobs that Boeing is moving from Washington state, and up to 900 coming to St. Louis as part of a “global realignment,’’ as Boeing executive vice president Chris Chadwick explained at Monday’s news conference.

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The nationwide chase for Boeing's 777X is over.

That's because Washington State machinists narrowly approved a contract on Friday to build the airplane near Seattle. It's a move that concludes Missouri's high-profile bid at landing a significant economic development opportunity for the St. Louis region.

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The opportunity was too good to pass up. 

When Boeing decided to move production of its 777X passenger plane out of Seattle, states across the country were eager to offer their services. Missouri's political and business leaders were no exception.  They simply couldn't miss out on the chance to cement thousands of high-paying jobs for decades to come.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 6, 2013 - The Missouri House easily passed legislation to attract production of the 777x to the Show Me State, a move that wraps up a legislative special session that saw little suspense and few surprises.

A week after Gov. Jay Nixon called the legislature back for a special session, state Sen. Eric Schmitt's legislation passed the House 127-20, with two lawmakers voting present. Since no changes were made to the Senate bill, it will go to Nixon for his signature.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 6, 2013 - The Missouri General Assembly isn’t the only legislative body going into a special session because of the quest to nab Boeing’s 777X.

The St. Louis County Council will be holding an unusual Monday session to consider a resolution that, according to St. Louis Economic Development Partnership CEO Denny Coleman, will “express support" and spell out the incentives for the project.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 5, 2013 - Bob Soutier, president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, says that there’s no split in local labor ranks when it comes to backing the effort in the Missouri Capitol to craft an incentive package to persuade Boeing to move production of its new commercial airliner, the 777x, to this state.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 3, 2013 - After several hours of discussion and debate, the Missouri Senate has voted 23-8 to approve an incentive package to encourage Boeing Co. to move the construction of its new commercial aircraft, the 777x, to St. Louis.

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - As the Missouri General Assembly prepares to convene for a special session to woo Boeing, several groups on both sides of the job-creation debate are weighing in with their ideas.

The Missouri Budget Project, a progressive advocacy group that focuses on fiscal issues, is calling on legislators to avoid targeting tax breaks for the poor and elderly as a way to help come up with the $150 million in tax credits that Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing for Boeing.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 29, 2013 - Long before the Missouri General Assembly became paralyzed over the scope and size of tax credits, it wasn't unusual for the Show-Me State's political leaders to reach economic development accords.

One case occurred in 2008, when the Missouri General Assembly and then-Gov. Matt Blunt agreed on a roughly $240 million incentive package aimed at enticing Bombardier to build civilian airliners near Kansas City. Despite some misgivings from a bipartisan group of legislators, the bill managed to come together relatively quickly – and was hailed as one of the big accomplishments of that legislative session.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 29, 2013 - As expected, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling a special session for Monday afternoon to win swift legislative approval of an incentive package aimed at persuading Boeing to move production of its next-generation commercial aircraft, the 777X.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 27, 2013 - Gov. Jay Nixon told reporters it's possible that a special session to consider an incentive package for Boeing could come in a matter of “days, not weeks.”

The statement came after the Democratic chief executive told business leaders in Chesterfield that the possibility of nabbing production of the 777X is an unprecedented economic development opportunity for Missouri.