CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - A jobs rally set for an eastern Indiana city next week has drawnthe interest of the White House. The City of Connersville plans tohold the event as a final push in its efforts to win a new autoplant.
There was activity at the old Visteon plant in ConnersvilleFriday, a rarity in recent times. The plant shut down in 2007.
But the city hopes a company called CarbonMotors out of Atlanta will soon bring it back to life.
Carbon Motors has said it will either bring its new operationhere, or to a location in Georgia or South Carolina.
"I feel that we are number one," said Connersville's MayorLeonard Urban. "I couldn't say that maybe two weeks ago, but I feelwe're number one because of the effort and the fact that they'recoming back here."
Carbon Motors executives were already in Connersville once, backin May. The city put on a big show for them.
Fayette County, where Connersville is located, has anunemployment rate near 16%.
The Carbon Motors operation would bring 1,300 jobs.
"Everybody's charged up, waiting on Wednesday for this event tohappen," said Fayette County Commissioner Gary Breitenbach."Because I think this time we'll get our piece of the pie."
"It would be a tremendous boost to this community and give ushope," said Urban.
Word of the possibility that more jobs could be coming to thiseconomically depressed area has reached the White House.
The Obama Administration has sent Connersville's mayor twoe-mails inquiring about next Wednesday's rally.
"They wanted to know the whole schedule of what is takingplace," Urban said. "And we gave it to them in detail."
Another reason Mayor Urban is optimistic about next week; CarbonMotors is sending eight of its executives to the rally.
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