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Tucson courting car maker Tesler for 6,500 jobs

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- City officials are urging electric car maker Tesla Motors to consider Tucson for the site of a massive battery factory that would employ 6,500 people.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/1n9qIEq) that the city of Tucson has submitted a formal proposal to become the headquarters for the 10 million-square-foot plant.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says the proposal highlights land within the city that has access to the Union Pacific mainline and the major interstates.

The city is also offering tax incentives on top of any offered by the Arizona Commerce Authority.

The company, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is also considering sites in Nevada, New Mexico and Texas.

The proposal marks the first time officials in Arizona have spoken about being in the running.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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