RALEIGH — North Carolina Governor Mike Easley has called a press conference for Tuesday morning at which he is expected to announce that Dell has chosen the state as the location to build a computer manufacturing plant.

North Carolina has been recruiting Dell heavily, offering a wide variety of incentives ranging from tax credits for job creation to credits for PCs manufactured.

The plant is likely to be built in the Triad.

The General Assembly, called into a special session by Easley last week, has already approved as much as $242 million in incentives.

As many as 2,000 jobs could be created.

Media reports indicate that a large number of Triad business leaders have been invited to attend the event.

The state says the jobs created by Dell could produce an additional 6,000 other jobs related to the plant.

“The measure approved today is a critical component in our efforts to secure a major computer-manufacturing operation to the Triad region,” Easley said after the General Assembly approved the incentives. “I applaud the action by the legislature to help bring 8,000 jobs to hard working North Carolina families in an area of the state hit hard by job loss due to federal trade policies. These are good jobs that bring better benefits and better skills to the transitioning Triad economy. I believe that this package will ensure that we secure this project in North Carolina.”

On Oct. 19, Dell’s CEO Kevin Rollins said that reports Dell will pick North Carolina as the site for a new manufacturing plant are “more accurate than not.”

Easley will make the announcement at 10 AM in the Old House Chambers at the State Capitol in downtown Raleigh.

Making cut at SE Bio

Four early-stage biotech companies were inviated to make a second round of presentations at the Southeast Bio invevstors conference in Miami on Monday.

Among them is RTP-based Hyperbranch and NeurOp from Atlanta.

Also presenting again will be ContraVac of Virginia and Protein Discovery, which is based in Tennessee.