Tesla and Tucson would make a good couple. Unfortunately, the electric car company is the pretty girl at the prom and Reno might hit the jackpot. Our sister periodical Inside Tucson Business has been all over this story like fruit flies on the banana in my kitchen.
Northern Nevada is the front runner to land Tesla Motors’ $5 billion electric battery factory, though the California automaker is still talking to Texas, Arizona and New Mexico officials about incentive packages for the 1,000-acre site selection.
Multiple business and political sources in the Phoenix area say the Reno area in northern Nevada is the odds-on favorite to land the Tesla plant, which would encompass as much as 10 million square feet and employ 6,500 workers. Those officials asked not to be identified.
A story earlier in the week that looked at Arizona sites said Tesla doesn't want to be too close to a major metro and suggested the top Arizona site is near Eloy, with Phoenix's agricultural West Valley the next most likely spot.
Local innovators Maker House, Solar City and Sparc Interactive media banded together and made this short video to inspire Tesla to invest in the Rusty Pueblo. The video highlights Tucson events, talents, locals and the city's aesthetically pleasing backdrops that you can't find elsewhere.
Feast your eyes and ears:
Disclaimer: That is not a real Tesla vehicle driving around Tucson.
Some of us feel that Tucson would be the best home for Tesla's battery plant. We could use the job growth, and 6,500 jobs would be a good start. So, it would be fair to rename Tucson to Detroit if this electric auto manufacturer does decide to plant its seeds here?