Thursday, January 12, 2006

How Did I Let This "Gem" Slip By?

I just discovered this Washington Post article from 01-02 about how Warner is getting high-tech companies to set up in rural Virginia. Must have missed it due to bowl games... Roll Tide!

Virginia under Warner's leadership requires any company bidding on multi-billion dollar state contracts has to set up shop in rural towns of the Commonwealth. The state has been using other funds to build the telecom infrastructure to support these high-tech businesses.

LEBANON, Va. -- In this town of 3,300 people, cow pastures encase the local high school, churches outnumber nightclubs 14 to zero and the unemployment rate is almost twice as high as the rest of the state.

This is where government contractors CGI-AMS Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corp. will in the next few months start building multimillion-dollar technology centers and hire hundreds of software engineers at salaries far above the region's average, bringing a taste of Washington's lucrative tech sector to a coal country enclave. Read more.

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