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.”

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Comments

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  2. common-sensical says:

    Dear Andy,

    The people pf Memphis would appreciate it if you and every other reporter at the MDN would cease and desist when it comes to reporting about yet-to-be-announced economic development projects. Your need to get "the scoop" is threatening our opportunities to get jobs and may possibly hurt our chances to be chosen by other companies looking at Memphis.

    If you care anything about the health of this community and it's citizens, please stop it.

    Sincerely,
    A Memphian with Common Sense

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