The Durham City Council voted unanimously Monday night to offer smartphone maker $150,000 in incentives if the Taiwan-based company decides to open an office in the Bull City.

The state of North Carolina reportedly is considering offering HTC a $150,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. Such grants require a local match.

HTC, which makes the “4G” wireless phone sold by Sprint, is based in Taiwan.

The Durham office could be located at the American Tobacco Historic District, which is owned by Capitol Broadcasting. Capitol is the parent firm of Local Tech Wire.

The Durham Herald Sun reported Tuesday that HTC could hire as many as 99 workers if it chooses Durham for a research and development facility.

Should HTC pick Durham, it would be the third device maker to recently pick the Triangle for expansion. Research In Motion and Garmin already have announced plans for R&D shops in the region.

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