FedEx Fight Pits Town Council Against Chamber of Commerce
Posted March 17, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST
CARY — There's trouble in the ranks for one of the towns that doesn't want a FedEx hub at RDU International.
The Cary Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously on Wednesday to support the hub -- a move that angers the Town Council.
In fact, the Chamber's stance may cost them. At least one town councilman has threatened to take away the Chamber's $75,000 appropriation from the town.
But, the Cary Chamber of Commerce's Steve Zaytoun says that the hub is a good idea to boost the Triangle's economy. He's aware of his decision's potential cost, but he isn't concerned about it.
Town Councilman Glen Lang, who opposes the hub, vows to take the Chamber's cash.
The Chamber's annual budget is about $750,000, so losing the town's money would amount to losing ten percent of their budget. However, most of the Chamber's cash comes in the form of dues, and they think that they could recover the lost money.
The hub is still up in the air. WRAL also has reported FedEx may bring a satellite tracking center to the Triangle. But, the overnight carrier is already expanding here.
FedEx has leased 25,000 square feet of office space in the Global Center, adjacent to the airport. FedEx says the office will be used to process packages that come in and out of RDU.