Cincinnati, Charlotte Make Appeals For Chiquita

The lease on Chiquita's Cincinnati headquarters is up next year, and Charlotte, N.C., is trying to persuade the company — and its 400 jobs — to relocate. Cincinnatians launched a Twitter campaign using the hash-tag "No Cincy Banana Split," and Charlotte responded with its "Bananas for C-L-T" hash-tag.

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DAVID GREENE, Host:

Let's stay on this subject of healthy competition. Today's last word in business - it's a food fight.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CHIQUITA BANANA")

CARMEN MIRANDA: (Singing) I'm Chiquita Banana, and I've come to say, bananas have to ripen in a certain way.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

All right, that song is going to be stuck in your head all morning. Sorry. Two cities are going bananas over Chiquita. The lease on the company's headquarters in Cincinnati is up next year and the city of Charlotte, North Carolina has been trying to persuade the company to relocate.

GREENE: Hoping to keep the company local, the people of Cincinnati have launched a Twitter campaign using the hash-tag - wait for it - #NoCincyBananaSplit. In response, Charlotte officials and residents have taken to Twitter with the hash-tag, Bananas for CLT.

INSKEEP: Ohio and North Carolina are both trying to lure Chiquita now, with millions of dollars of incentives, both wanting the 400 jobs that go with the company.

GREENE: Chiquitas' CEO has tweeted that he is really impressed by both campaigns, but he's not saying anything yet about the company's actual plans.

INSKEEP: Maybe they can put jobs in both places and then it would be a split decision. That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene.

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