Ask Joe: Tesla Plant update

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Updated: 4/08/2014 7:04 pm
There's a lot of buzz lately about the possibility of Tesla moving some of operations to Northern Nevada, and on Tuesday, a viewer has a question about that.
Neva Baylor wrote in to ask since Nevada was chosen as one of the states Tesla is considering for their new battery making factory, are we doing anything to make this an attractive opportunity for them?

Joe checked with Stan Thomas over at EDAWN, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.
It is their mission to recruit new businesses to the area.
Unfortunately, Thomas cannot say what they are doing to entice Tesla to move that battery plant here.
EDAWN has signed an NDA. That stands for non-disclosure agreement. It means that the public is not allowed to know any of the steps being taken to convince Tesla officials to make the move here. Tesla wanted it that way, and EDAWN had no choice but to go ahead and sign that agreement in order to keep us in the running.
Some reports have stated that we are the front runner to land the Tesla plant, which will employ about 6,500 workers when its built.
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Speed - 4/9/2014 3:34 AM
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Good point,Johnny. Also,as in many other scenarios,when other businesses see actual industrial growth in a place such as Reno,it gives them cause to consider,or reconsider,locating their operations there too. Even though they do their own homework,seeing new industry setting up reinforces their assessment of the area.

Johnny - 4/8/2014 11:03 PM
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Breckenridge, do you realize how much tax revenue 6500 jobs would bring in to your city a year? Keep in mind that 6500 jobs are in this battery plant. They will need restaurants, bar, clubs, grocery stores, houses, hotels, dry-cleaning service, shopping malls, and many other business jobs to support these 6,500 workers. So I would say it should start paying off the first year of the factory in operation. If you choose to let your city remain a wasteland, then it will always be a wasteland, but if you give it a chance to become something else, then it might get better.

Breckenridge - 4/8/2014 7:54 PM
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We are closing a fire station due to lack of civic funding; our police are telling us that if we have an accident that doesn't draw blood, to work it out with out police intervention, our city is basically operating on fumes, yet we are enticing Tesla to come to Reno and selling our soul to get tech to come to town via tax credits - when do these revenue cessations start paying off to the rank and file who live here...?

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