As Boeing narrows its list of candidates for potential 777X building sites, the Seattle Times is profiling some of those cities.

Everett, Wash.

Reporter Dominic Gates writes: "The skills of Boeing's Washington state workforce salvaged the 787 Dreamliner program when other less-experienced locations let Boeing down."

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Reporter Dominic Gates writes: As Boeing winnows down its list of 22 states bidding for the 777X, including Washington, it's clear the company easily has enough room to expand in this business-friendly state."

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North Charleston, S.C.

Reporter Kyung M. Song writes: "This is the only city outside of Renton and Everett where new Boeing passenger jets roll off the assembly line. Yet North Charleston has appeared more an onlooker than a player in the fast-moving 777X drama."

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Huntsville, Ala.

Reporter Kyung M. Song writes: "Huntsville is where Boeing and other NASA contractors designed the Saturn V rockets that first carried men beyond Earth's orbit to the moon. Boeing remains a major employer, and this small city has one of the highest concentrations of engineers in the nation."

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Long Beach, Calif.

Reporter Dominic Gates writes: "... at this bleak moment for Southern California aviation, Boeing's nationwide competition to find a site to build its 777X jet has raised last-ditch hopes of a revival."

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