New Aerospace Task Force to focus on landing Boeing’s midsize airplane

Unites local governments, public sector, labor & business

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers has announced the creation of an Aerospace Task Force to secure the design, production, and final assembly of Boeing's new midsize airplane, the “NMA,” and strengthen the aerospace supplier base in the county.

Boeing is expected to announce the launch of a new midsize airline sometime in 2018.

Bringing home the NMA is a top regional priority of Executive Somers, who serves as President of the Puget Sound Regional Council.

Executive Somers is directing the Task Force to move swiftly to ensure everything is in place for Boeing to launch the NMA program and assemble its next generation aircraft in Snohomish County. The Task Force will assess preparations and work with the state and other partners to land the NMA. 

The Task Force will hold its first meeting in January 2018. The effort unites local governments, public sector organizations, business and labor.

Organizations and entities invited to participate include: Snohomish County Council, Snohomish County Cities, Port of Everett, Economic Alliance Snohomish County, Washington State University, University of Washington, Everett Community College, Edmonds Community College, Everett School District, Workforce Snohomish County, International Association of Machinists Local 751, Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), and Snohomish County Labor Council. 

Aerospace is a key industry cluster in the region’s economic strategy, Amazing Place. The Economic Development Board recently approved an action item to support efforts to ensure the NMA gets built in Washington state.