Columbia City Council to discuss IBM project

Monday, May 24, 2010 | 10:54 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Columbia City Council has called a special meeting Monday night to discuss an IBM project the company says would create up to 800 jobs.

The global technology company announced plans last week to open a technology service delivery center later this year in a Columbia office park.

The state is offering IBM more than $28 million in state tax incentives. And the city has agreed to spend more than $3 million to buy a vacant building at 2810 LeMone Industrial Blvd. that IBM would rent for $1 a year.

Monday night's council meeting will include a public comment period for the IBM project.


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George Ingram May 24, 2010 | 1:45 p.m.

I see this event as an important turning point for the well educated employment base here.

The IBM project is the best thing that has come before the city in years. What has not been considered in the financial projections I have seen is the total economic impact on the people living here! The $44 million in direct salaries that does not exist now equates to a sustained substantial gross spending income to the local businesses here.

I know IBM Corp from having worked for the company in their research and development labs in the past. I admire IBM in how they give back to the community based on my direct knowledge of how the company operates in Florida, New York, California, and North Carolina; they have always been a good corporate citizen.

George Ingram
Computer Scientist (Ret.)

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