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Arizona beats out Spaceport America for new company

TUCSON, ARIZONA – An Arizona county has beat out Spaceport America in vying to host operations for a balloon spaceflight company.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors has approved a $15 million incentives package to bring World View Enterprises to southern Arizona.

The board approved the measure 4-1 on Tuesday, a move expected to create 400 jobs for the Tucson area.

The news comes as a blow to Spaceport America in New Mexico, which had negotiated with the company.

Spaceport officials say the state of New Mexico and city of Las Cruces had offered a competitive proposal for hosting a manufacturing facility for the company at several sites around Las Cruces.

The incentives awarded Tuesday include building a 120,000-square-foot headquarters facility the company will lease, along with a spaceport and manufacturing space.

Spaceport America is a $218.5 million, taxpayer-funded site for spaceflight operations located in Sierra County, just north of Doña Ana County.

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