In the war for jobs, it's Perdue vs. Perdue

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It's Perdue vs. Perdue in an incentive war.

The governors of North Carolina and Georgia, Bev and Sonny Perdue (no relation) are in a very vocal war to lure jobs and businesses to their respective states.

At times, it seems North Carolina and Georgia are trying to run each other out of business.

Getting companies to move to town and to hire locally is obviously a great thing.

But the building rivalry between the Perdue's is getting so intense, it's starting to raise eyebrows.

And it's raising a big question.

Is this a healthy competition between states, or a personal contest that could over-inflate incentive packages?

The moment things got personal for our governor seems pretty clear. Bev Perdue was in Wilmington, preparing to make a big announcement.

"I was going to announce the Miley Cyrus movie coming to North Carolina," she says. "My next door neighbor Nicholas Sparks in Newburn had written that book, and I had to talk to him that afternoon to found out that movie had flat out gone to Georgia, that the governor down there had promised all these incentives."

Perdue was embarrassed in front of her celebrity neighbor, she lost thousands of movie-making jobs...and it was on.

Perdue vs. Perdue, the two competing for companies in an all out war.

And it was our governor who won the most recent battle.

North Carolina just lured appliance maker Electrolux here from Atlanta by offering it over $26 million in incentives.  

 "That was very competitive with another state," Perdue said in a press conference in Charlotte to announce the deal. "I won't call the other state. But perhaps he will, because we have a serious competition going on. He'll land one, and I'll land two. Or he'll land two," she joked, "and I'll sometimes tell a story and say I've landed three."

 But could this competition be costing taxpayers more than it should?

A survey of company executives operating in North Carolina found government incentives at the bottom of an 11 item list of factors that influenced managers in their location decision.

And sometimes companies simply take the money and Dell.

Dell received a $6 million dollar incentive package to build an assembly plant in Winston Salem. The plant opened in 2005, but will close in January, leaving 900 people out of work.

Perdue says she wants Dell to return every red cent, but Dell says its keeping a chunk of that money.