Could 7,000 Jobs Be Winging Their Way to Fort Wayne? (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson - 21Alive

December 30, 2013 Updated Dec 31, 2013 at 9:20 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Fort Wayne's mayor is looking to land a major investment that would bring more than 7,000 new jobs to the city.

Boeing, one of the world's largest aircraft manufacturers, is considering the Summit City as a location for a new plant to build its 777X aircraft. But Boeing is looking at several other cities as well.

The lure to Fort Wayne for Boeing is the runway. The Fort Wayne International Airport's runway is nearly 12,000 feet long. That is longer than runways at many of the nation's largest airports.

Officials at the Fort Wayne International Airport say there isn't a plane flying right now that can't land on their runway.

Mayor Tom Henry says Boeing needs a long enough runway for this new aircraft and the fact that Fort Wayne already has that is a big positive. However, the mayor admits there is still a lot of competition.

"They're looking at, you know, 7 or 8 thousand jobs. But there's 22 states looking to talk to Boeing as well so we have a tremendous amount of competition in that arena," said Mayor Tom Henry, (D) Fort Wayne.

Henry says, if Indiana is picked, Gary is the other city being considered in the state.

The mayor says a key factor in landing this investment will be a solid incentive package from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Other states are working on incentive packages as well.

The Associated Press is reporting Boeing will announce the official location for this plant in early 2014.




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