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Mar 19, 2014 2:15 PM by Nikai Salcido

Rep. Barber urges Tesla to build in Tucson

WASHINGTON - The congressman has urged Tesla Motors to build its new 6,500-job battery factory in Southern Arizona, citing the research expertise of the University of Arizona, the area's transportation facilities, quality of life, and workforce.

In a letter this week to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Barber made a strong pitch to electric car maker Tesla for building its $5 billion "gigafactory" for lithium-ion batteries in Southern Arizona. The planned 10 million-square-foot plant would need up to 1,000 acres of land and create about 6,500 jobs.

"We are excited to learn that Tesla Motors is considering Southern Arizona as the home for its new industry-leading Gigafactory," Barber wrote to Musk. "Locating in Southern Arizona will allow Tesla Motors to take advantage of our state's low cost of doing business, simplified tax system, highly skilled workforce, unique access to major markets and extraordinary quality of life."

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