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Tennessee Lawmakers Hold Special Session for Ford 'Megasite'

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Oct. 19, 2021—Tennessee lawmakers convened at the state capitol Monday to start a special session regarding the approval of Ford's new Blue Oval City "megasite."

Ford announced late last month it plans to build a new state-of-the-art plant in Stanton, Tenn., for its F-series electric pickup trucks. Though the proposal has bipartisan support, WTVF Nashville reports "lawmakers know there will still be a discussion about it."

"Hopefully, everything will go smooth. We'll work through any questions anyone has, any legislators have, and hopefully as we move past that, they'll be breaking ground pretty quickly," Rep. Chris Hurt (R-District 82) said. "We've been losing some population here over the last couple of years. This is a huge step to reverse that trend and get us some economic activity going here."

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's office says the plant, if approved, will employ around 6,000 people, create an additional 20,000 jobs "linked to its operation" and bring in about $3.5 billion annually in sales to the state.

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