The Other Paper has an article on their front page this week about NetJets possibly relocating their HQ outside of Columbus:
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE?
NetJets, one of the sexiest businesses in town, suddenly feels unappreciated. Now it’s looking for love in Raleigh and Orlando.
BY DAN WILLIAMSON
DECEMBER 13, 2007
NetJets Aviation is a lot like the baseball player Alex Rodriguez. As you sit on the other side of the negotiating table, it seems so self-absorbed and greedy that its threats to bolt for another city tempt you to say, “Good riddance.”
On the other hand, it puts up great numbers. So you end up gritting your teeth and forking over whatever it wants.
State and city officials are doing just that, scrambling to put together a deal that will persuade one of Columbus’s most glamorous companies to maintain and expand its permanent home here.
“Of all the companies to have in Columbus, NetJets is a pretty good one,” said Bob Milbourne, president of the Columbus Partnership.
But he and others familiar with the negotiations are worried they’ve already lost it.