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CEO: Drawing Toyota To Texas Worth $40 Million Subsidy

Oct 2, 2015
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When Toyota announced in early 2014 that it was moving its North American headquarters from Torrance, Calif., to Plano, the business story was quickly overtaken by a political one: Did Texas get ripped off?

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Toyota’s new U.S. headquarters in Plano won’t be ready until 2017, but its North American CEO has already set up shop in North Texas. Jim Lentz is a 33-year veteran of the company, and he’s putting down roots in Westlake.

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Toyota gave Plano schools $1  million Monday and threw a block party for the public as it officially said "hello" to the city where it’s moving its North American headquarters. So, why Plano?

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Toyota chose to move its national headquarters to Plano over Dallas in part because of the state of the Dallas ISD, Mayor Mike Rawlings said Tuesday on KERA.

“The big elephant in the room is we don’t get Toyota in Dallas because of the school system,” Rawlings said. “We’ve talked to them and they want to be in Plano. And 7-Eleven left."

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA newsroom: Toyota will move its headquarters to Plano, so what does that mean for North Texas? Also, KERA’s Bill Zeeble begins the first of a two-part series on Dallas’s controversial “home rule” proposal to remake the school system.

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Toyota is moving its U.S. headquarters from California to Plano.

The Japanese automaker announced the move Monday.

Toyota says the new headquarters will bring together employees who are now scattered around the country. It will break ground on a new headquarters in North Texas this year.