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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

An invitation letter from the Maricopa Association of Governments is opening Arizona's doors wide to electric car maker Tesla to "come check us out."

Tesla recently announced Arizona was one of the states it was considering for a multi-billion-dollar battery plant.

The letter, signed by the chairs of MAG and the MAG Economic Development Committee, urges Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk to personally visit the greater Phoenix region, according to Kelly Taft of MAG.

Tesla Motors, based in California, included Arizona on a short list with Nevada, New Mexico and Texas for its $5 billion "gigafactory."

"Your company's planned investment of $5 billion, along with 6,500 high-value jobs, would complement Arizona's aggressive push to make manufacturing a central component of our growing economy," states the letter, which is signed by MAG Chair Scott Smith, mayor of Mesa, and MAG Economic Development Committee Chair Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale.

"Tesla can join companies such as Intel, Boeing, Apple, Raytheon and Honeywell that have chosen to locate a substantial manufacturing presence in our state," the letter continued.

The letter also pointed to a skilled workforce, business-friendly tax structure, and quality education system in Arizona.

In addition, the letter also stated the state's utility companies have made investments in renewable energy resources.

"Regardless of where you might choose to locate within Arizona, you can be assured that infrastructure will be available to meet your needs," the letter stated.

"As elected leaders of the Maricopa Association of Governments, which represents local governments in the Greater Phoenix Region, we would like to invite you to join us in Arizona in the coming weeks so that you can see firsthand Arizona's outstanding business environment," the letter concluded.

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