Perhaps a better explanation for Beretta's newfound ardor for the Volunteer State might be found in the Nashville Business Journal's excellent reporting on the extent to which Tennessee bent over backward to attract the gun manufacturer. In February, the Journal wrote about a year-long wooing effort by the state's current and former governors, repeated visits back and forth between state economic development officials and Beretta executives in Tennessee, Accokeek and the Italian villa of Beretta CEO Ugo Beretta. Tennessee put on the hard sell, and it was offering up more than rib dinners. The state provided $2.41 million for employee training and $8 million in assistance for construction, plus $1.8 million it had already spent for a new road to the Gallatin industrial park. Gallatin is pitching in with a 10-year deal that includes an 80-percent reduction in local property taxes, plus a "considerable" but unspecified amount of assistance to buy the land, according to the Journal.