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Old 10-24-2017, 02:23 PM
 
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This sounds promising. I just hope the General Assembly will step up with a competitive incentive package.

"North Carolina has made the short list of three states that Toyota-Mazda is considering for its joint electric-car factory, and the Triad's Greensboro-Randolph Megasite is the likely top pick in the state, a top economic development expert said Tuesday.

Site-selection consultant John Boyd, of Princeton, N.J., said "I expect the megasite to be a prime candidate for the Toyota-Mazda factory."

Neither company makes an all-electric vehicle, and Toyota and Mazda said earlier this year they have created a partnership to build a $1.6 billion factory that would employ up to 4,000 workers to make hundreds of thousands of cars per year by 2020.

They likely will choose a final site in the next three-to-six months.

An incentive package of more than $1 billion may be required to lure North Carolina's first automobile manufacturing prize, and Boyd said that Gov. Roy Cooper is involved in the recruiting process.

The 1,500-acre site in the northeast corner of Randolph County is a prime site, Boyd said, because Norfolk Southern and the North Carolina Railroad Co. have made a strong commitment there. And community and political leaders from Greensboro and Randolph County have spent millions buying land and beginning an infrastructure.

Residents say the megasite has seen intense activity from visitors and workers in recent months, including groups in buses and frequent helicopter flyovers.

"Over the past several weeks, I and other neighbors have on several occasions observed large vans and tent canopies on a plot of land on which we know the megasite folk like to meet," said Alan Ferguson, a lawyer who lives on property adjacent to the megasite in Randolph and has opposed its development. "We have also observed helicopters flying slow circles above our houses, around the proposed site. One helicopter I watched on a Sunday morning was a large, multiseat machine that I have never seen flying over our countryside before. This one made a couple of slow circles and passed right over my house."

David Allen, chairman of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners, said he doesn't know how serious the interest is, but he, too, has seen activity at the site beyond the work that Duke Energy, surveyors and others are doing to prepare it to be occupied within two years.

"I have seen some buses out there — one back in June, one more recently," Allen said. "As I was going to church, we happened to see a vehicle approach and slow down and crawl into the site on Browns Meadow Road."

The North Carolina Railroad Co., Randolph County and the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite Foundation have spent more than $32 million buying land at the site from private owners. If an automotive company selects the site, the land likely would become part of an incentive package along, with the water, sewer, road and power infrastructure that Greensboro, the state and Duke Energy are preparing to build.

Boyd said stepped-up activity at the site is surely an indication of business interest.

"I just tend to think this might be the moment for that trophy employer that this site has been looking for for a long time," Boyd said.

Boyd said, based on his experience with the state and discussions with other consultants and commercial real estate experts, that politics and proximity are driving the Toyota-Mazda decision."

Consultant: Megasite tops North Carolina's presence on short list for Toyota-Mazda factory | Gnr | greensboro.com
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Old 10-24-2017, 03:46 PM
 
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Wow. If and I say If NC gets this, it appears the site south of Greensboro is the top pick. We could finally get an automaker and right here in the Triad. The area would get national attention because the Toyota/Mazda deal has been a hot story in the national news media.

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Old 10-24-2017, 05:06 PM
 
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I'd love to see it happen, but I'm skeptical of the General Assembly after the Volvo fiasco and crippling the film industry in Wilmington.

Adding to the problem is the General Assembly's hatred of Cooper. As bad of a governor as Pat McCrory may have been, I'll give him credit for at least trying to prod the General Assembly into offering a competitive incentive for Volvo, in which they still refused. If they wouldn't do it for McCrory, I can't see them doing it for Cooper.

But hey, if I end up being wrong, I'll be happy.
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Old 10-24-2017, 09:42 PM
 
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I think NC should go after this instead of Amazon. It wouldn't be quite as sexy as HQ2, but it's still pretty noteworthy, and if the Randolph County site was chosen, it would hopefully bring more development to the Triad.
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Old 10-24-2017, 10:50 PM
 
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I think NC should go after this instead of Amazon. It wouldn't be quite as sexy as HQ2, but it's still pretty noteworthy, and if the Randolph County site was chosen, it would hopefully bring more development to the Triad.
It's actually really far NE Randolph County and SE Guilford County, it's prActically on the county line with Guilford County.
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Old 10-25-2017, 03:58 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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It's actually really far NE Randolph County and SE Guilford County, it's prActically on the county line with Guilford County.
In fact only 4 or 5 miles south of Greensboro which will also be providing water to the site. Its on the county line on the Randolph side but this is more of a Greensboro area site. Its like the industrial parks in Whitsett. They are technically not in Greensboro city limits but the city provides water and many businesses use a Greensboro address. The Megasite is within Greensboro annexation territory and cities can annex into other counties. High Point has annexed into Davidson County, Kernersville and Burlington have both annexed into Guilford County.

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Old 10-25-2017, 06:36 AM
 
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Regardless of what county it sits in it would be a welcome provider of jobs and as mentioned earlier could spur additional development. Although I wish there was a federal law that would prohibit the whole incentive package game. I hate how these areas are pitted against each other to provide millions of dollars to private entities. Companies should just pick which area is best for their needs and just leave it at that. That said, as long as that's the way the game is set up we have no choice but to play it.
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Old 10-25-2017, 06:45 AM
 
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It's actually really far NE Randolph County and SE Guilford County, it's prActically on the county line with Guilford County.
I hope that we get Toyota it would be great for the triad and Greensboro hopefully would be like our own rtp once other businesses started to build around it.
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Old 10-25-2017, 07:43 AM
 
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So the article says SC and Georgia are likely the other two states on the short list.

But this $1B incentives package seems quite excessive. SC only doled out a bit over $200M in incentives for the Volvo plant, which has already announced it is doubling the amount of jobs at its Charleston-area plant.
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Old 10-25-2017, 08:24 PM
 
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Regarding the megasite discussed by the OP, additional information is here:

http://greensboro-randolphmegasite.com

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