Interesting read this weekend in the Plain Dealer updating the LED lighting kerfuffle that shook the Jackson administration early this summer. The recap: In March Jackson announced a big juicy valentine of a deal with Sunpu-Opto Semiconductors, a Chinese LED manufacturer. The fine print gave the company an exclusive option to provide Cleveland with light fixtures; in exchange, the company said it would open its U.S. headquarters within city limits and provide 350 local jobs.
Some council members and local business owners —chiefly, G.E. — cried foul, saying the buddy-buddy contract violated the city’s bidding process. After some huffs and puffs, Jackson uncharacteristically back-peddled, chucking the deal and opening the bid to everyone.
According to this weekend’s update, Sunpu-Opto’s stateside rep, Peter Tien, says the city’s RFP is a pipe-dream.