Latest vote: EMC Corp. gets city incentives with state, county money | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Latest vote: EMC Corp. gets city incentives with state, county money

Posted by on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 5:04 PM

UPDATE: EMC has bought a 450,000-square-foot distribution center in Durham. Read more >>

Last night, Durham's City Council voted to give EMC Corp. $1 million in economic-development incentives to build a new data center in Durham and bring 292 jobs to Durham, according to this morning's reports by The Herald-Sun and The News & Observer.

Earlier this month, Durham County Commissioners agreed to grant the Massachusetts-based company specializing in data storage, security and management, $1.2 million in incentives and money for training if the company locates new jobs and facilities here. And in September, Governor Bev Perdue announced that the state would help lure EMC here, with as much as $7.4 million during the next nine years through a Job Development Investment Grant from the state. Add it all together, and it seems probable that EMC would choose Durham over sites in New York, Virginia, Washington and Canada that the company had announced it was also considering.

In addition to bringing new jobs in Durham, EMC would add more than 100 jobs in Apex. The company also would make a $280-million investment through its facilities in Durham, which would build the county's tax base. EMC already has a presence in Research Triangle Park and 900 employees in our state.

According to coverage from the daily newspapers, though the City Council voted unanimously, the matter was not decided without concerns about the diversity of the company's current workforce from Council member Howard Clement, who is currently running for re-election. When asked about the company's demographics, Kevin Dick, director of the city's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, declined to publicly disclose such information.

But earlier this month when considering its incentives grant, County Commissioner Joe Bowser asked a similar question -- how many of the company's existing employees in Durham currently live in the county? Ted Conner, Vice President of Economic Development
& Community Sustainability, answered. He told Bowser that number fell around 21 percent, to which Bowser replied, "That is not acceptable to me. ... I would hope that the company would open their doors wider to our citizens."

Similar to what happened with the City Council, the commissioners voted unanimously to pass the incentives package despite raising concerns over demographics.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

It would have better served the community to televise the debate on one of the local news channels. Many of …

by K. K. on Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday (News)

According to this reporting, Mayor Bell seems to be endorsing Ali primarily to keep Steve Schewel on the Council because …

by Linda Belans on Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham (News)

Most Recent Comments

It would have better served the community to televise the debate on one of the local news channels. Many of …

by K. K. on Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday (News)

According to this reporting, Mayor Bell seems to be endorsing Ali primarily to keep Steve Schewel on the Council because …

by Linda Belans on Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham (News)

So I guess the only question open in this election is:
Who, if anyone, does Pierce Freelon endorse?
(As …

by JoeJoey on Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham (News)

Yes, I really hope this is put on YouTube or something. It would maximize voter reach, especially as there are …

by JohnnyDollar on Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday (News)

We are lucky to have had such a primary field of bright, excellent, visionary candidates for Mayor of Durham, and …

by Sam M-B on Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham (News)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation