By Barry Massey
The Associated Press
SANTA FE — New Mexico offered a competitive economic development package to Tesla Motors, but the company gave a priority to locating a planned $5 billion battery factory in a state close to Tesla’s electric-car manufacturing factory in California, Gov. Susana Martinez said Thursday.
Martinez made her comments Thursday not long before a formal announcement in Nevada that Tesla had selected that state for a factory that could eventually employ up to 6,500 workers.