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Braselton in contention for company's new headquarters

BRASELTON - Carbon Motors Corporation announced earlier this month that five states, including a location in Braselton, have made its short list for where to put its company operations.

With the cost of the firm's "Carbon Campus" set to pump in $350 million in direct, local investment, landing the company would be a major economic boon for the winning city and state. Carbon Motors is a homeland security company that plans to develop the world's first purpose-built, law enforcement patrol vehicle called the Carbon E7.

According to Stacy Dean Stephens, a spokesman for Carbon, in addition to Georgia, formal requests for proposals have been issued to local, state and federal authorities in Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina. Pooler is also being considered in Georgia while Greenville and Spartanburg are being considered in South Carolina.

Stephens said the facility will generate 1,300 to 1,500 direct jobs and more than 8,000 indirect ones. He also said the selected region would receive a $3 billion positive economic impact over the course of 10 years.

The company plans to make an announcement about its new location sometime this summer.

According to Tim Evans, a vice president of economic development for the Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce, Hall officials are thrilled that they're being considered.

"It's an exciting product from an environmentally friendly company that will offer lots of job opportunities," Evans said.