Posted February 2, 2007 11:01 am by with 2 comments

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According to the News & Observer, Google used its clout to bully North Carolina lawmakers into offering more incentives and keeping quiet about plans to build a server farm in Lenoir.

…the search engine behemoth demanded that lawmakers never speak its name, according to e-mail records…Records show that the company was often agitated by the legislative process. Google executives threatened to walk away from the negotiating table and asked Commerce Secretary Jim Fain to exercise his power over the bill writing process.

Using tactics right out of any negotiation handbook, Google used subtle threats to get what they wanted…

“I always believed North Carolina to be a good state in which to do business,” Google executive Rhett Weiss wrote to Fain in June. “But the legislation’s long saga increasingly concerns us. Will creating and operating a North Carolina facility continue to be so hassle-prone?” Weiss added, “Without the legislation being passed with its correct substance, our project will not proceed in North Carolina.”

Also rumored is Gov. Mike Easley’s promise to clean Larry & Sergey’s jet, throw-down rose petals wherever they happen to walk, and change the name of the state, to better align it with Google…

Welcome to “North Googlina” everyone, are you feeling lucky? 😉

  • …..and what pray tell is wrong with bargaining for a deal which will drag Lenoir out of a “furniture slump” bring jobs to the area and more business which will follow Google here???

    Lenoir is a beautiful place and Google will help the economy as most of us know.

    Thanks for keeping all the meetings behind closed doors Lenoir and Google – it didn’t give the “let’s talk about it” brigade a chance to lose this great opportunity to another State or “abroad”

    I live nearby and will pay a visit one day

    Good luck and thanks from all the Rocket Surgeons in beautiful North Carolina.


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