Gov. Jay Inslee has launched a statewide council to persuade Boeing that Washington state is the best place to design and manufacture a new mid-sized airplane.

“Washington state is the best place for Boeing to build the NMA, bar none, and I’m looking forward to making that case directly,” Inslee said in a statement.

Washington State Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender said Inslee recently had a private meeting with Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Kevin McAllister that went “very…

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