Nevada Wins More Jobs
Jerry Brown comes up short yet again.
California’s campaign to land Tesla Motors Inc.’s 6,500-employee battery factory has failed, with northern Nevada emerging Wednesday as the apparent destination.
The Associated Press and other media, quoting anonymous sources, said Tesla has chosen a site near Reno for its much-coveted $5 billion “Gigafactory,” capping a multi-state beauty contest that dragged on for months.
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Tesla and Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval confirmed that a “major economic development announcement” would be made Thursday at the state Capitol in Carson City. “We continue to work with the state of Nevada and we look forward to joining the governor and legislative leaders (Thursday) in Carson City,” Tesla spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said in an email to The Sacramento Bee.
The disclosure came a little more than a month after Tesla acknowledged that it broke ground earlier this summer at an industrial park a few miles east of Reno. The developer of the park, Lance Gilman, told The Bee in an email that he plans to attend the announcement in Carson City.
Tesla insisted a month ago that it hadn’t finalized a decision regarding the Reno site. Elon Musk, chief executive of the Palo Alto electric-car manufacturer, said then that the company would continue to evaluate other locations and might break ground at multiple spots before reaching a conclusion.
An anonymous source told AP on Wednesday that Tesla still plans to prepare another site for construction – either as a backup in case Nevada falls through, or as a second factory. Jarvis-Shean told The Bee that “discussions with other states in the process are ongoing.”
Officials in the Reno area were careful not to start celebrating. “There’s no news until the press conference,” said Mike Kazmierski of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada. “Other than that, I think everybody’s pretty excited.”
Officials throughout California were left disappointed. Gov. Jerry Brown had made Tesla a priority, and the Legislature considered a package of regulatory and financial incentives for the battery factory. However, California lawmakers adjourned over Labor Day weekend without acting on the bill.
The bill’s co-author, Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, said legislators were considering a streamlining of the California Environmental Quality Act, plus assorted investment-tax and job-training tax credits.
Tesla, he said, was making additional demands “that I think were beyond what California could do.”
According to the Gazette-Journal, the governor plans to call the Nevada Legislature into special session next week to vote on incentives for Tesla.
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|And the winner is . . . |
Reno to get 6,500 new jobs. Jerry Brown fails again, and the moronic Sheeple of the People's Republic will re-elect him in a landslide.