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|Friday, February 18, 2011|
By Corey Paul
President Obama gave full credit to Intel Friday for investing and manufacturing in the United States as part of an ongoing campaign to improve relations with the business community.
"You are a company that understands that investing in education is good for business and good for the bottom line," Obama told a group of Intel executives and engineers assembled at Ronler Acres in Hillsboro.
Intel's success and job creation stand apart from the economic malaise suffered by the rest of the country, which makes it a situation that the President, beat up over jobs, wants to trumpet.
Intel's construction of a new fab in Hillsboro, called D1X, will create thousands of temporary construction jobs, and when it's completed in 2013, about 1,000 permanent manufacturing jobs paying about $120,000 each per year. Intel is Oregon’s most significant private sector employer, with over 15,000 jobs and a statewide payroll of $1.8 billion.
The president said Intel should serve as a model for other global companies considering expanding domestically. He also warned, "If we want to make sure Intel doesn't go overseas we need to invest in our people, our schools."
Before Obama spoke, a PhD engineer guided him through the D1D factory, where Transition Electron Microchips are produced. He also met with two finalists of an Intel-sponsored science contest.
Kitzhaber acknowledged that tension exists between tax incentives for companies such as Intel and funds for education. "The answer will be to change the education model that we have," he said.
Obama recently named Intel CEO Paul Otellini to his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which will focus promoting growth and hiring, while attracting businesses to the United States.
Otellini was upbeat during his appearance with Obama, praising the president's focus on improving math and science education and attracting investment from industry.
Kitzhaber says Intel's commitment to Oregon should lead to additional progress."This highlights the fact that we have assets here that attract capital investments," he said.
Corey Paul is an associate writer for Oregon Business.
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In 1996, after a 17-year career in the destination marketing industry, where I gained national standing as the CEO of the Convention & Visitors Association of Lane County, I was recruited by the founders of a new professional basketball league for women. The American Basketball League (ABL) hoped to leverage the success of the 1996 USA women’s national team at the Atlanta Olympics — much like USA Soccer is now leveraging the U.S. Women’s National Team’s victory in the World Cup. The ABL wanted a team in Portland, and they wanted me to be its general manager.
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The issue of green-washing remains a significant challenge to those of us who would like to see the building sector in this country do more than make unverifiable claims of sustainability. Transparency about the impacts of a given material is the only way to allow designers to make intelligent choices when selecting building products.
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BY JACOB PALMER
“There wasn’t a reason shaving with a straight razor should have been taken over by shaving with disposable razors.”
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