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Old 12-22-2013, 07:57 PM
 
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I'm not surprised by Boeing's decision. PTI was a long shot at best. I wouldn't be surprised if Charleston gets the prize, if anyone on the east coast. It already has a manufacturer in place, has a major port and access to interstate highways...plus South Carolina is more willing than North to sell it's soul to the devil to win jobs, and is a right to work state. Whether you like our state government or not, we have to have responsible leaders who are not willing to fiscally spend more than we make, incentives or none. You can't tell me that people in Missouri are wondering where the billion dollars on a silver platter is coming from that it is offering to win Boeing. Shameful. And mind-boggling.
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:32 PM
 
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I'm not surprised by Boeing's decision. PTI was a long shot at best. I wouldn't be surprised if Charleston gets the prize, if anyone on the east coast. It already has a manufacturer in place, has a major port and access to interstate highways...plus South Carolina is more willing than North to sell it's soul to the devil to win jobs, and is a right to work state. Whether you like our state government or not, we have to have responsible leaders who are not willing to fiscally spend more than we make, incentives or none. You can't tell me that people in Missouri are wondering where the billion dollars on a silver platter is coming from that it is offering to win Boeing. Shameful. And mind-boggling.
Not only that but the land they just bought is connected to a 10k ft runway and has a rail yard just a parking lot away
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:38 AM
 
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I'm not surprised by Boeing's decision. PTI was a long shot at best. I wouldn't be surprised if Charleston gets the prize, if anyone on the east coast. It already has a manufacturer in place, has a major port and access to interstate highways...plus South Carolina is more willing than North to sell it's soul to the devil to win jobs, and is a right to work state. Whether you like our state government or not, we have to have responsible leaders who are not willing to fiscally spend more than we make, incentives or none. You can't tell me that people in Missouri are wondering where the billion dollars on a silver platter is coming from that it is offering to win Boeing. Shameful. And mind-boggling.
That's what I've always admired about NC--the state is more willing to invest in an educated, skilled workforce as opposed to indiscriminately shelling out incentive monies to companies. Thus, NC has high-wage, high-growth economic clusters (e.g., banking, tech, medical research, pharma, etc.) that have brought much prosperity to the state. Some NC'ers were upset that the state lost the Continental tire plant to SC and blamed the governor and legislature, and while I'm no fan of what's going on politically in NC these days, the state did the right thing by crunching the numbers, offering a sensible and appropriate incentives package based on metrics related to ROI, and refusing to exceed that just because SC threw more money at them. Now I can understand why some folks in the Triad in particular might not like this approach since the local economy there is based more on manufacturing, but it's a smart and responsible strategy nonetheless.

As far as Charleston goes, surely they do have advantages especially with Boeing already having a sizable presence there, but being that the company seems to have only relatively recently straightened out the kinks associated with the present facility in terms of production and workforce quality, I'm not sure if they'd be willing to add a much larger development at this particular time.
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