Boeing is reportedly leaving behind Chicago and heading for greener pastures in Virginia.
The pandemic was one of the factors that caused this, but apparently Chicago’s massive crime problem was the last straw.
Chicago’s loss will be Virginia’s gain. There are a lot of jobs involved here.
Hot Air reports:
Boeing abandoning crime-ridden Chicago
Last October, Boeing’s headquarters in Chicago was described as looking like a ghost town, with few people showing up to work at the company’s corporate offices. And that was largely after the city began reopening following the pandemic lockdowns. Many employees may still have been working from home out of caution over COVID, but others simply didn’t want to brave the streets of the Windy City for fear of being carjacked or otherwise harmed by the criminals who seemed to be running the streets.
Now the “ghost town” reputation is apparently going to be amplified because the company announced that it will be escaping Chicago and establishing its HQ in Virginia. And could any sane person really blame them?
Here’s more from National Review:
Boeing, the world’s third-largest defense contractor and a famous maker of passenger jets, is moving its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Va.
The move comes as Chicago is increasingly ravaged by crime and random drive-by shootings in the middle of downtown. In recent weeks, the theater district in downtown Chicago has had to shut down plays because the area has become so unsafe at night.
Crime in Chicago is up 35 percent this year compared with the same period in 2021. Theft is up by 67 percent.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin is pretty happy about the move.
Boeing is one of America’s great pioneering businesses & I am thrilled the company has decided to headquarter in VA & look forward to working with them to attract even more talent to VA. From day one, our goal has been to make VA the best place to live, work, & raise a family. https://t.co/3u9R8LIPcl
— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) May 5, 2022
If people in Chicago are upset about this, they should direct their anger to Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
She has not done nearly enough to stop crime in the city.