Yesterday’s print edition of the Raleigh News & Observer has a huge piece on what NC is doing to try and convince Google to build a server farm in Lenoir (which is located in the west of the state).
Lenoir and Caldwell County are in dire straits, especially since they relied heavily on a now defunct furniture industry. It’s so bad there that Caldwell County Economic Development Commission and Duke Energy have bought up 150 acres just in case Google selects Lenoir. In addition, state and local governments are willing to forgo real estate taxes for 30 years, worth $100 million, in a desperate effort to attract the $600 million operation and the 210 related jobs.
While the average salary would be close to $50k a year, most local unemployed residents would need extensive training, just to get invited for an interview. In fact, it’s not so much the jobs created by Google, that the state is going after, but the related jobs and economic investment that would come from having Google in the county.
So come on, Google, why would you even consider South Carolaki? The Appalachians are where all the action is at!