Nashville OKs incentive for Dell plant

Nashville, Tenn., officials approved a $46 million incentive package last week for a Dell Computer Corp. plant that will employ at least 3,000 people in a move to make the city a player in the high-tech industry, according to the city's mayor.

Mayor Phil Bredesen embraced the pending construction of the plant and all the opportunities it will bring to Nashville. "I really believe the future of the community is built around high-tech industries," he said. "Nashville has not been a significant player in the past, but the plant will give us a foothold in the industry and allow us to build an infrastructure around Dell."

Dell, based in Round Rock, Texas, is the world's third-ranked computer manufacturer, and the Nashville plant is the company's first on U.S. soil outside Texas. It is the sixth new plant announced by Dell since January 1998.

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