Boeing set off a frenzy among U.S. states with aerospace manufacturing ambitions when it issued a request for proposals in 2003 for a manufacturing site for the new twin-aisle jet it was planning. For years, both North and South Carolina had been developing strategies that were remarkably similar to land a such a big fish. They would emphasize community training, assure whatever highway, airport and seaport infrastructure was needed to support aviation manufacturing and work with ...

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