In NC news, Dell is coming to the Triad area (Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, about 50 miles west of the Triangle). (Herald-Sun).

Gov. Mike Easley is to announce Tuesday that Dell Inc. will build a computer plant in the Triad, an area lawmaker and an Easley administration source said Monday.

Easley’s press office scheduled a “major economic development announcement” for Tuesday morning in the House chamber at the old State Capitol. No additional details were provided.

Rep. Nelson Cole, D-Rockingham, said the governor’s office told him the announcement would be that the computer manufacturer is coming to the Triad.

“They’ve already made that decision” to come to the region, Cole said in an interview Monday.

An administration source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the news conference is to announce Dell is coming.

Easley called a special session of the General Assembly last Thursday at which legislators approved a $242 million incentives package aimed at convincing Dell to build a $115 million plant that could generate 2,000 jobs — and possibly thousands more from related industries.

Pam Spaulding

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