In response to Gene Robertson's Sep. 21 column, "Obama, IBM may share inability to keep promises," I would like to set the record straight.
IBM's stated goal is to hire 800 employees in Columbia by the end of 2012. As the Missourian reported on Sept. 19, many of the incentives IBM received from the state and city are contingent upon reaching that goal — and we are confident we will.
IBM chose Columbia as the site for our newest Services Delivery Center for a variety reasons.
One of the most important of those is the wealth of talent and skills that Missouri and the Midwest have to offer, and we have not been disappointed.
We continue to work closely with the University of Missouri and other area colleges to recruit and hire heavily in the Columbia area and throughout the state, and continue to work in good faith with the city and the state of Missouri.
Jim Chapdelaine is director of the IBM Columbia Services Delivery Center