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SC among Southern states making run for Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover factories

06 March 2015 - 06:44 AM

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SC among Southern states making run for Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover factories


By J. SCOTT TRUBEY


ATLANTA — This could go down in economic-development circles as the South’s year of the car.
Southern rivals are angling to land auto plants from Jaguar Land Rover and Swedish giant Volvo.
South Carolina reportedly is wooing both. And it’s not alone.

S.C. media have reported Daimler AG rejected Georgia’s coastal mega-site near for a manufacturing plant and, instead, will expand a van plant outside Charleston, adding more than 1,000 jobs. A formal announcement might come as early as Friday morning.
The Palmetto State is among several Southern states gearing up to fight an incentives-laden economic-development battle.
Late last month, the S.C. House’s budget-writing committee proposed an almost $500 million bond bill, including roughly $150 million that could help with economic development.

Included in that proposal is $60 million for water-and-sewer projects for economic development and almost $100 million for tech schools, including $35 million for Lowcountry’s Trident Tech.

“We didn’t just do that for our health,” said state Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston. “We’re setting the table.”

Gov. Nikki Haley just returned from a secretive economic-development trip, not unlike one that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal took to the United Kingdom, home of Jaguar Land Rover, earlier this year. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory also recently traveled to the United Kingdom.

Daimler AG, the parent of Mercedes-Benz, is expected to announce Friday an expansion of its Sprinter van factory South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The company reportedly considered a mega-site near Savannah.

BMW, which in 1993 opened its first manufacturing plant in North America in Greer, has invested more than $6 billion, makes some 300,000 vehicles a year and employs about 8,000.

The Sunday Times of London reported in October that South Carolina was in the running along with other Southern states for a Jaguar Land Rover plant that could produce 200,000 automobiles a year. The company is reportedly weighing the American South with other countries, including Turkey and Austria. The luxury automaker might be favoring a site in Europe over North America.

Besides the play for Jaguar Land Rover, Georgia also is wooing Volvo, a person with direct knowledge told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Deal’s midyear budget plan, which he signed into law last month, pumps tens of millions of new dollars into grant programs the state uses to seal deals with corporate prospects. He’s also backing legislation that could steer more state business to automakers with Georgia factories.

The State staff contributed to this article.

Read more here: http://www.thestate....uthern-states-…

Going to Lexington, KY for Comic Con

06 March 2015 - 06:31 AM

Next weekend, (March 13th-15th) I will be heading to Lexington, KY for the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for places to eat in downtown Lexington?

http://www.lexington....com/index.html


Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated..