Reporting Project 21

A Houston Business Journal reporter blogged today that she spoke with a principal of the site selection team who worked with Mitsubishi Electric Power Products – the company that’s building a transformer plant in Memphis.

Mitsubishi also considered Houston. And HBJ reporter Jennifer Dawson reported months ago some of the details surrounding the secretive “Project 21″ – the project’s code name.

She asked Mark Sweeney, the senior principal with McCallum Sweeney Consulting of Greenville, S.C., a question that’s been getting a lot of focus in Memphis lately – whether early media reporting about details threatens to kill them.

Her question: “Did the fact that HBJ wrote a story about the project last April hurt the local site’s chances of landing the deal?”

Answer: “No, but it was not well received. Fortunately our ‘confidentiality controls’ prevented you from learning the client identity or very much detail about the project; if that had been divulged it would have put the region in serious jeopardy of being dropped for any further consideration for the project.”

Read more here.

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