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In this artist's concept provided by The Boeing Co. is the 777-9X, the largest of the aerospace company's new family of 777X jetliners. Boeing currently has more than a dozen states in competition from coast to coast offering property, billions of dollars of tax breaks, favorable labor deals and customized employee training hoping that Boeing will choose them to assemble its new 777X jetliner. (AP Photo/The Boeing Co.)

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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