Huckabee Hints at Special Session to Lure Toyota

November 11, 2002
Posted at: 4:55 p.m. CDT


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' chief economic development officer Monday raised the possibility that Governor Huckabee could travel to Japan and call a special legislative session to land a Toyota plant before the Legislature convenes in January.

A site in eastern Arkansas that is just minutes from Memphis, Tennessee, is in the running for the new $650 million truck plant that Toyota plans to build in the United States.

Company officials have invited the Arkansas governor to visit Japan, however Huckabee's office said that no date had been set.

Jim Pickens, director of the state Department of Economic Development, would accompany the governor. He said Huckabee would like to schedule the visit and call a special session quickly to approve incentives to close a deal before the General Assembly convenes January 13.

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