I'm a Republican; the land ownership was not an issue for me.
The land owners purchased it in 2007. If I read correctly, Continental Tire did not begin the planning for this endeavour until 2009. I don't see how the land owners could have made the purchase in anticipation of this expansion.
I say it again. The current incentives are not consistent with those required for projects of this magnitude. Even Senator Berger has admitted that.
So, again, you look at the Secretary of Commerce and the Governor. What are they doing, right now, to prepare for the next big opportunity?
Have they analyzed those emails and identified the writers who spent more time worrying about the impact on some other program? Those email writers must have worked in the banking or insurance industries. I have not seen such emails since the financial meltdown and the last big hurricane when so many tried to shunt the blame onto others.
But not to worry. The Secretary and Governor are packing their bags to head to Asia. Now I know some will say the recent announcement of a 400 job expansion in the Triad by Honda Jet must have come from last year's relationship building trip. But that expansion is to an existing plant facility.
When the peg doesn't fit in the round hole, just keep hammering on it until it does.
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