Google Bullied North Carolina Over Lenoir Project
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? 😉