Well, you can’t win ’em all.  News is expected to officially break later this week that Volvo open its first U.S. auto-plant to South Carolina.  Georgia, the other finalist, misses out this time, but with the arrivals of Mercedes, Porsche, and a huge chunk of the film industry already on Governor Deal’s resume the sting should subside soon enough.

At the end of the day, our neighbors to the North simply put together a more lucrative package of tax breaks and incentives, an impressive feat considering what Nathan Deal and co. allegedly put on the table.  Georgia’s offer included nearly $40 million in ‘deal closing funds’ in the budget, the promise of a $25 million training facility for plant employees, and tax breaks similar to the $400 million worth of incentives given to Kia, who opened a similar plant in the state in 2006.

The plant would have created over 4,000 jobs, a huge win for a Savannah area that has already seen an economic boom in recent years. 

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