- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Pinal County is planning to spend as much as $73 million to purchase land for economic development purposes. The county’s plan follows an announcement that electric car maker Lucid Motors will build a manufacturing plant in Casa Grande.

County spokesman Joe Pyritz could not confirm or deny whether the land purchase proposal is related to Lucid Motors, The Casa Grande Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2hsvC1B) reported.

The Board of Supervisors plans to hold a public hearing on the plan on Jan. 4 in Florence. The county has distributed a press release about the hearing, but it does not mention any specifics about the project.

Pinal County is expected to buy most of the 500 acres needed for the Lucid Motors plant, which the company will then purchase from the county.

Lucid Motors announced in November that it will begin construction in Arizona next year and start producing luxury electric vehicles there in 2018.

The company said it chose the Casa Grande location from dozens of spots around the country and expects the plant to have 2,000 workers by 2022.

Lucid recently changed its name from Atieva.

Its staff includes former Tesla employees.

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Information from: Casa Grande Dispatch.

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