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Gov. Locke's statement on Boeing's decision to move corporate headquarters out of Seattle

"I am surprised and deeply sorry to see any part of The Boeing Company leave Washington state," said Gov. Gary Locke today in response to the news that Boeing plans to move its corporate headquarters out of Seattle. "I am pleased, however, that the company has pledged not to turn its back on the state of Washington and continue its generous contributions to our citizens and businesses.

"Boeing is an integral part of the pioneering history and spirit of this state. It represents the innovation and risk we in Washington are willing to take in the interest of progress. While the bulk of the Boeing family remains with us, to lose the corporate leadership of this company leaves a void in our economic and cultural life."

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