Fetgatter Thanks Leadership, Citizens for Tesla Recruiting Try

Mike Seals - July 23, 2020 11:42 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee, today released the following statement regarding Tesla’s decision to build its new CyberTruck Gigafactory in Austin, TX:

“While I am disappointed that Tulsa ultimately was not chosen as the site for Tesla’s new CyberTruck facility, I want to thank Governor Stitt, Secretary of Commerce Sean Kouplen, Tulsa leadership and Oklahomans from across the state for their efforts to recruit Tesla to the area.

It was inspiring to see the swell of grassroots support over the last few months from Tulsans and Oklahomans who were eager to become the future home of Tesla. We worked together toward a common goal of bringing a huge opportunity and thousands of jobs to the state of Oklahoma.

This campaign gave both citizens and economic development leaders from across the state the opportunity to showcase Oklahoma’s friendly business environment and highlight our talented workforce on a national scale. We showed the world that Oklahoma is not only capable of competing on the world stage, but we can compete as one of the two top contenders for an innovative, game-changing business like Tesla.

Although I wish Tesla great success in their Austin factory, I hope there is an opportunity for Tesla and Oklahoma to work together in the future.”

Fetgatter, who serves as the House Appropriations & Budget Finance Subcommittee Chair, works tirelessly on economic development legislation. Through his leadership in the House, he passed the Automotive Engineer Workforce Tax Credit, which encourages vehicle manufacturing companies within the state to hire engineers who graduated from colleges and universities within Oklahoma.

 

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