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Charlotte mayor to join MetLife for ‘jobs celebration’

The New York-based insurer MetLife earlier this month said it had reached its goal of creating more than 1,300 jobs at its Charlotte headquarters after it announced plans in 2013 to establish a hub in the city. Here, workers are pictured at their workspace during a media tour of MetLife's Charlotte headquarters in the Gragg Building in Ballantyne in March 2014.
The New York-based insurer MetLife earlier this month said it had reached its goal of creating more than 1,300 jobs at its Charlotte headquarters after it announced plans in 2013 to establish a hub in the city. Here, workers are pictured at their workspace during a media tour of MetLife's Charlotte headquarters in the Gragg Building in Ballantyne in March 2014. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter will join MetLife representatives for a “jobs celebration” Tuesday at the company’s U.S. retail headquarters in Ballantyne.

The New York-based insurer earlier this month said it had reached its goal of creating more than 1,300 jobs at its Charlotte headquarters after it announced plans in 2013 to establish a hub in the city. MetLife also said it would create about 1,300 jobs in Cary and establish a separate global technology and operations hub there as part of that announcement.

“Mayor Clodfelter will thank MetLife for their commitment to the Charlotte community,” a statement from the mayor’s office read. Clodfelter will be joined by Eric Steigerwalt, executive vice president of MetLife’s U.S. retail division, Trevor Fuller, chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, MetLife officials and other invited guests.

In exchange for North Carolina incentives, MetLife must create at least 2,098 jobs in the state by the end of 2015. The company could receive incentives grants totaling $87.2 million over a 12-year period, which would be the largest grant awarded through the state’s Job Development Investment Grant program in North Carolina history.

The state incentives package also included a $2 million grant the state said is based on the company’s meeting certain performance requirements. City and county officials also approved about $3 million in incentives for MetLife.

Tuesday’s event will be held at MetLife’s headquarters in the Ballantyne Corporate Park’s Gragg Building Cafeteria at 2 p.m.

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